In my house, hummus is a must-have in the refrigerator. It is a wonderful snack with cut up veggies, a great wrap or sandwich spread, and a perfect accompaniment to grilled chicken or veggie skewers with whole grain pita. My kids have it almost daily as part of their lunch for school.
To mix things up, I like to make some variations. One of our springtime favorites is beet hummus. My kids delight in its fabulous magenta color, which could easily be mistaken as food dye. Beets add a sweet and earthy flavor to traditional hummus. To be extra fancy for guests, I make a base recipe of plain hummus and beet hummus with a touch of honey, then serve them side by side!
For garnish (optional): parsley, feta cheese, toasted pine nuts
*Tahini is sesame seed paste, often found in the nut butter or ethnic food section of the grocery store.
Contributed by Allison Collins, MD