Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Edamame and Spinach Hummus

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This hummus is the first of the sort that I have ever seen.  Its incredibly delicious and has the prettiest bright green hue.  I had a "at-home" day with my boyfriends mom and we played with our food processors and made delicious food all day.  I don't consider these kinds of days "days-off" because I feel like I run around and accomplish more than I do at work. I actually made a traditional garlic hummus the same day and everyone agreed that this recipe was their favorite!  

Hummus is so easy and fun to make.  You can make it for a fraction of the cost that you buy it for at the grocery store.  Plus, the combinations are endless, you can really get creative with your favorite spices and vegetables. It is a great filling for a healthy wrap or sandwich or as a great "dip" for whole wheat crackers and raw veggies! 

This hummus gets extra credit because it is packed with spinach and edamame (soybeans) which pack in extra nutrients and flavor.  One serving of spinach (1 cup raw, or 1/2 cup cooked) provides more than a days worth of Vitamin K, and Vitamin A, and is a good source of Manganese, Iron, Vitamin C, Calcium, and Folate!  Spinach is also a cancer-fighting powerhouse because of its caretenoids and flavanoid content.  These phytochemicals help produce anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. 

Edamame and Spinach Hummus
Makes 3 cups (about 24 servings)

1 can of garbanzo beans, drained
1 cup frozen, shelled edamame
8 oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained
4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp cumin
1 Tbsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp Tahini
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
red pepper flakes, 1 tsp (optional)

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until mixed well.

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving=2 Tbsp
46 calories, 3 g fat, 2 g protein, 1 g fiber, 100 mg sodium

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