It seems like over the past 5-7 years, hummus has made a major breakthrough in the food world. I remember college like it was yesterday, and it seemed like every girl on campus was raving about some new flavor of hummus that just came to our snack shop. The dining hall would have giant trays of hummus and veggies for late night study sessions and nights on the town.
As great as hummus is, I feel like it’s become a basic b*tch food. Seems like not even Kate Moss will go near hummus these days (then again, Kate Moss doesn’t go near food at all). Between that and the fact that grains, legumes, and other carbs seem to be under attack lately, I thought it would be nice to share a couple alternatives to hummus.
These two spreads are great in that they’re full of nutrients and even fiber, but won’t make you bloat the way hummus, beans, and other legumes tend to.
The baba ghanoush recipe tastes almost exactly like hummus. It has the same creamy notes as hummus, color, and even texture. The beet root hummus, although clearly a purple color, also has a tahini in it, which gives it that nutty flavor.
What’s baba ghanoush exactly? It’s an Arabic spread similar to hummus. However, instead of using chickpeas as a base, roasted eggplant is used. For those of who tend to get a little bloated when we eat hummus and other bean spreads (don’t be shy!), this is a fantastic alternative.
You can use these spreads with veggies, gluten/grain free crackers, regular crackers if that’s your fancy, or even as a spread on sandwiches (if again that’s your fancy).
One final note about these dips. I actually made them both at the same time if you can believe it. When the oven is on and you’re only roasting a handful of beets/an eggplant, make the most of it! Roast some veggies, white potatoes, or even sweet potatoes if you also have the time. I’m definitely not into wasting food, water, or even electricity and energy for that matter. So if you can squeeze a couple extra dishes into your own, go for it!
Today’s post is super short (sue me).I could get into the nitty gritty about why legumes are terrible for you, but I’ll save that story for another day. The truth is, there is no one food (other than processed food) that’s truly bad for you so to speak. Some people, like marathon-running plant-based vegans, do great on legumes and beans. Others (like me), not so much. So whether you’re vegan, paleo, or a total junkaholic, give these two spreads a try! You won’t regret it! 🙂