Avocado Hummus and Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

I guess these aren’t really sandwiches – they’re like half sandwiches.  Unless of course you eventually do what I did, and stick two half sandwiches together because they were just that good.  If you’ve been reading some of my most recent posts, you’ve probably noticed the avocado theme that’s going on.  Recent posts include Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies, Quinoa Burgers with Avocado Sauce, and who could forget that protein packed Avocado Chicken Salad.  What can I say?  They’re delicious.  And I’m determined to work them into as many dishes as I can.  For a while now, I’ve been playing around in my head with the idea of an avocado hummus.  I’m happy to say that that idea has finally become a reality.  And oh, what a delicious reality it was.  

Avocado Hummus, (healthy)Vittles&Bits

 

This recipe is soooooo easy.  It’s one of those “just throw everything in a blender and push start” recipes.  Sometimes those are my favorite.  As much as I love cooking and playing in the kitchen, let’s be honest–it takes a lot of time and energy.  And sometimes I am just too tired for anything complicated.  However, being un-complicated doesn’t have to mean boring, bland, or take-out.  I love easy, fast, and healthy recipes like this.  Perfect for busy days.  As delicious as this was on bread alone, I knew it would be awesome paired with cucumber.  The hummus itself is so fresh and light tasting.  It just screamed at me, “Top me with a cucumber!!!!!”  And when the food starts talking–you just have to listen.  (Disclaimer, I’m writing this post at 11pm after three sleepless nights, so forgive me if I sound somewhat crazier than usual.)

Avocado Hummus, (healthy)Vittles&Bits

As little tea-sandwich-like bites, I think that these are super perfect for taking to any sort of summer get-together.  Bridal showers, baby showers, family reunions, fancy tea parties thrown on the sweeping lawn of Downtown Abbey–these are all excellent venues for Avocado Hummus and Cucumber Tea Sandwiches.  (If you are preparing for a big, food centered get-together, you may also want to check out 5 Tips for Surviving Get-Togethers without Blowing your Diet.)  Here’s how you prepare these crunchy little delectables…

Ingredients: 

1 ripe avocado, peeled and seeded
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed with cold water to remove excess sodium
1/2 cup of low fat cottage cheese
1/4 cup lemon juice (I love lemon, so if you aren’t as much of a fan, maybe start with 2 or 3 Tbsp and work your way up)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Pinch of salt
Freshly ground black pepper
A French baguette, sliced thin
1 or 2 cucumbers, peeled and sliced thin into rounds, and then into half moons

Method: 

1.  Put avocado flesh, chickpeas, cottage cheese, lemon juice, garlic, and salt into a high speed blender or a food processor.  Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender as needed. 
2.  Taste and be happy.  Or, add more salt or lemon juice if you think it needs it. 
3. Spread some delicious hummus onto a slice of baguette.  Top with a cucumber half moon.  Grind on some fresh black pepper.  
4.  Once again, eat and be happy. 

Avocado Hummus, (healthy)Vittles&Bits

As mentioned, you can eat the little halves daintily, or if you’re more like me, then you can stack ’em up and make a sandwich. 

Avocado Hummus, (healthy)Vittles&Bits

 

Avocado Hummus, (healthy)Vittles&Bits

 

If you are really into dips and spreads, you may also want to check out other fun recipes including Pumpkin Hummus, Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips, Smoky Sesame Crushed Pea Dip, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, and Tomatillo Bruschetta.  

Also, if any of you lovely readers are vegan (like my new friend Celeste over at Honk if You’re Vegan 🙂 ), then you can try making this without the cottage cheese and adding olive oil a Tbsp at a time to get a good consistency.  If anyone does try that, please let me know how it turns out in the comments section! 

Okay friends, it’s been a long week.  I hope this post gets your weekend off to a good start.  Here, this should help…..

Luna,  (healthy)Vittles&Bits

 

Luna was very attentive during this whole hummus-making process…

Luna, (healthy)Vittles&Bits

And of course, she was ever so helpful by licking my fingers clean 😉  
Maybe that grosses some of you–but any dog lovers out there understand, I’m sure.  

Have a very happy (and healthy) weekend everyone!  

 

Pumpkin Hummus

I am currently doing the Supermarket Rotation part of my dietetic internship, and one of the awesome things about this rotation, is that there’s some recipe development involved.  This past Wednesday I was handing out samples of my Pumpkin Hummus and talking to shoppers about the benefits of hummus, as well as introducing a lot of people to jicama.  Jicama is a root vegetable, that has a touch of sweetness and a lot of crunch! It made a good counterpart to my somewhat spicy pumpkin hummus, so we cut up a jicama into dipping sticks to serve alongside.

We served the hummus out of a hollowed out acorn squash for a fun and festive look!

Here’s the recipe…

Ingredients:

1 15oz can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained (this helps get rid of almost half of the sodium!)
4 cloves of garlic, minced (I like a lot of garlic, so this is VERY garlicky.  If you’re not as big of a fan, reduce it to 2-3 cloves)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons tahini (this is a ground sesame seed paste.  I usually get it in the organic aisle, but it can be pricey, so if you don’t want to buy a whole jar just to try this out, then just skip the tahini and instead add 2 more tablespoons olive oil)
1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:

1. Place everything in a food processor (or high speed blender like a vitamix) and process until smooth.
2. Taste for consistency, and if too thick, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until it reaches your desired viscosity.

You can serve this with pita chips, celery, carrots, jicama, pepper strips, etc.

Question of the Day:  What’s your favorite dish to take to a party?  Leave a comment with your reply 🙂
A:  Tough question, but I would say that in general, I love to take foods that are healthy (or at least better for you than the traditional party foods), but that surprise people with how delicious they are.  For example, dishes like Kale Chips or Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake.