Wednesday, February 13, 2013

My Current Obsession: Hummus, as a Condiment

It's no secret that I'm a hummus fan, but I don't just enjoy it as a dip.


In fact, I eat hummus just about everyday...in my sandwich at lunch. I'm sure you've all heard of hummus sandwiches before, but instead of eating nothing but bread and hummus (which does not sound appealing), I slather hummus on my sandwich like a condiment.


Typically, I have a wrap for lunch and fill it with sprouts, arugula, cheese, Tofurky, and a hearty smear of creamy hummus. Z and I almost always buy this brand of hummus, and it never disappoints - especially in a wrap or sandwich. Z, too, almost always puts hummus in his egg sandwiches in the morning, and loves the added protein it provides before he bikes to work. 

Hummus is not only rich in protein, though. The chickpeas in traditional hummus do not contain any cholesterol or saturated fats, and they've been known to be effective in preventing build up of cholesterol in the blood vessels [source]. Hummus in general also contains Omega 3 fatty acids, iron, and vitamin B6, to name a few.

Despite it's health benefits, I just love the delicious, creamy addition hummus gives to my lunches. It's a welcome change from my usual tangy mustard.

Have you ever tried hummus in your sandwich before? If not, will you now?


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    1. Love that idea! I'll have to give that a try.

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  2. I use hummus in its myriad forms as a dip, a spread, and a condiment. My recent 'discovery' is hummus made from organic soybeans rather than chickpeas. Packed with protein and with half the fat of the normal variety. Works great as a spread on lavash bread.

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    1. Oooh, sounds great! Do you have a brand that you can recommend? Or do you make it at home?

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    2. Michelle - I like to make my own especially since we often have all the ingredients on hand. When choosing a brand, I just read the ingredients - anything with soybean oil or non-olive oil is automatically skipped.

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  3. I've definitely put hummus on a sandwich... and I love it as a dip too. I bring it for a snack at work sometimes and just dip whatever I have on hand... pita chips, pretzels, carrots...

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  4. I wish I could find a hummus that I liked. I've been spoiled by some great homemade hummus from a friend's Middle Eastern family, and store hummuses just make me sad!

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  5. I LOVE having hummus on my sandwiches, it makes them much heartier, and I love the texture. So good! I've never tried the kind of hummus you mention though, so I'm going to have to hunt that down.

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    1. Yes, the Eat Well Enjoy Life brand is so, so good. They don't have chickpea hummus, but they have lentil, edamame, black bean, white bean, etc. I haven't disliked any of their varieties!

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  6. @Meghan - most (not all) store hummus is just dreadful. They use cheap bulk oils and low grade ingredients. You can make your own in about 10 minutes with stuff right from the pantry. We keep the ingredients on hand, just dump it all into the food processor and hit the 'go' button. INFINITELY better than the store garbage.

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  7. I often eat hummus sandwiches. Right now I'm obsessed with the garlicky hummus from Dave's Fresh Pasta!

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  8. I used to do this a lot when i was younger (my mom always did it when she made us sandwiches growing up!) but I haven't in forever, great reminder!

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  9. Here, hummus is of course seen everywhere. But I've never heard of it as a salad dressing! But I use tahini all the time on my salads :)

    Also, if you're eating so much hummus, it might be time to start making it on your own. Way cheaper! I'll give you a few tips if you're interested :)

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    1. Thanks, Michal! I make my own hummus often - one of my most recent recipes was this curry hummus: http://www.theeconomicaleater.com/2013/01/curry-hummus.html.

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