Tuesday, January 31, 2012

PIZZA HUMMUS



With the Super Bowl right around the corner, it seems every food blog out there is featuring appetizers and snack foods. I thought I would stray from the norm and post something completely different...until I came across this hummus recipe. I am a sucker for hummus. It's packed with fiber and protein, so it's filling enough for a light lunch. And there are SOOO many variations, like this sweet version I posted a while back.
This really does taste a lot like pizza! And, I suppose you could add chunks of pepperoni or ham to make it even more pizza-like.

PIZZA HUMMUS

1 (14.5 oz) can White Beans or Garbanzo Beans, rinsed & drained
1/3 C. Nutritional Yeast Flakes (found in health food aisle)*
1 tsp. Dry Basil
1 tsp. Dry Oregano
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1/2 C. + 2 Tbsp. Tomato Sauce


Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and puree until fairly smooth. Serve at room temperature or chilled with assorted crackers, toasts, and raw veggies. Could also be used as a spread in a wrap or sandwich. Refrigerate any leftovers. 


*Note about nutritional yeast: It can be found in the bulk section in the health food aisle and is inexpensive. 
Definition: Yellow in color and with a nutty cheesy flavor, nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast that is a favorite amongst many vegans because of its unique flavor and similarity to cheese when added to foods. Sprinkle some on hot popcorn or garlic bread, or add a generous spoonful to a stir fry or pasta sauce. Nutritional yeast is also the only reliable food source of vitamin B12, so if you're vegan, it's a good idea to add some to your food regularly. Nutritional yeast can be found in the bulk foods or supplement section of your health food store. You can look for either nutritional yeast flakes or powder, but be sure you don't get brewer's yeast by mistake, as its quite similar in appearance. In Australia and New Zealand, nutritional yeast is also called "savory yeast" or "savory yeast flakes".


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