White Bean Hummus

White Bean Hummus

We need to talk about beans. If I’ve never mentioned it before, allow me to say right now, standing tall with my hand over my heart, that I believe beans may be the perfect food. I say this not only because it will earn me points with other nutrition professionals (though they are pretty unanimously also in love with beans, as far as I’ve seen), but because beans are…

– High in fiber

– Low in fat

– Plant-based protein

– High in iron

– Gluten-free (for those who need it)

– Super versatile

And, if you ask me, they taste pretty darn good, too. So I generally try to include them in my diet on a frequent basis. Casseroles, soups, tacos, salads, and even certain pasta dishes are great food items to drop some beans into. And I do mean that literally, not euphemistically.

White Bean Hummus

Lately I’ve been on a homemade hummus kick, but since I balk at buying any actual tahini (have you ever bought tahini? You have to buy like gallon at a time and it’s hella expensive!) I’ve been experimenting with recipes that don’t call for it, like this garlicky version with plenty of my dear wonderfood, beans! With two full cans of cannellini or Great Northern beans, this recipe makes a big batch, perfect for sneaking off into a closet with the bowl clutched to your bosom so no one else can eat it. I mean, for parties. PARTIES is what I meant to say.

White Bean Hummus

Seriously, though, this white bean hummus is my new favorite snack/appetizer/side. Even though I’ve scoffed in the past about how hummus and pita chips is everyone’s go-to, last-minute, classier-than-chips potluck contribution, the deliciousness of this version kicks it up into “bring this any time” territory. Mild white beans mixed with punchy garlic, lemon juice, cumin, pepper, and parsley creates the perfect edible yin and yang.

And finally, because beans didn’t have their own theme song, here is Brak from the ’90s Cartoon Network show Space Ghost to sing you a very special tune about them:

 

 

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White Bean Hummus
Mild white beans mixed with punchy garlic, lemon juice, cumin, pepper, and parsley make for a uniquely delicious hummus!
Course Appetizer, snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
Course Appetizer, snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, cook garlic in olive oil over medium heat until garlic begins to brown. Remove from heat. With a slotted spoon, scoop garlic into the bowl of a food processor.
  2. To the food processor bowl, add drained beans, lemon juice, cumin, parsley, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Process until smooth.
  3. Carefully pour in reserved olive oil while the machine is running and process until well incorporated.
  4. Serve immediately or store refrigerated in an airtight container. Enjoy with pita chips or fresh veggies!
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Bush's Beans.

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Kid-Friendly Banana “Sushi”

Banana Sushi

Today is the last day of my kids’ Christmas break. I won’t lie, there have definitely been times in the last two weeks when I’ve heard the Christmas carol lyrics “and mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again” and been a little too much like…

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But there have also been good times. Like the reading together, restoring the dollhouse my grandpa built for me when I was 7 for and giving it to my daughter, and playing with this bizarre toy that defied all logic to become the hit of our Christmas. Today, being the last day of all-kids-all-the-time for a little while, I decided to make it a day of Fun Foods. (Cause food is my love language.) In the morning, I made my kids breakfast in bed, then for lunch we had Hawaiian pizza, and at snack time, it was time to roll out this goofy thing I’d seen on Pinterest months ago…Banana “Sushi”!

Banana Sushi

My middle child actually really likes real sushi, but to my other two kids, I’m pretty sure sushi is an alien creation that’s about as edible as elephant hide. This reimagined version of sushi, however, even my 5-year-old was stoked to try. It’s essentially just a cereal, yogurt, and fruit parfait in a different package that’s a lot more fun to eat than smooshed together in a cup.

Banana Sushi

And a whole lot cuter, too!

Banana Sushi

Banana Sushi could make a unique breakfast, a fun finger food with lunch, or just a made-with-love healthy snack–perfect for a chilly, cloudy last day of Christmas break. (Cause Lord knows this kind of thing is NOT getting packed in my kids’ school lunches.) Give it a try and see if your little ones enjoy it as much as mine did! Or try it yourself–you might realize how fun it is to eat bananas with chopsticks.

Banana Sushi

My 5-year-old taking a nibble. Giraffe chopsticks from World Market.


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Kid-Friendly Banana "Sushi"
A fun, healthy way to eat "sushi" for breakfast or a special snack!
Course snack
Servings
banana sushi roll
Course snack
Servings
banana sushi roll
Instructions
  1. Coat the surface of a peeled banana with yogurt. Place crushed cereal in a shallow bowl and dredge the yogurt-covered banana through it until covered. Slice and top with blackberry pieces.
Recipe Notes

From an idea seen on Raising Whasians.

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