Eating a spoonful of hummus with pita bread is very filling, right? With the smooth texture, warm taste, and of course, the taste, no one can lick the last patch of this tasty beauty.
Hummus married to pitta bread is undoubtedly the best combo ever, yet let’s fast forward a bit and realize that one can use them as more than just a dip. Spreading a spoonful of leftover hummus on a sandwich or burger (brownie points if it’s grilled) can level up your culinary skills and take your taste buds on a flavor-filled journey.
With such incredible flavor, throwing away leftover hummus that’s been resting in your refrigerator is a no-brainer. Now, the question is, how do you use those 2 tablespoons of hummus? Well, we got your back.
We’ve compiled a list of foods you can try with your leftover hummus so you can enjoy the flavor without worrying about throwing it away.
1. Hummus – Potato Patty Burger:
Absolutely love the burger. Eating potato/veg patty burgers is quite fulfilling this season. You can use your leftover hummus here and enhance the flavor of your snacking sesh. Add a generous spoonful of hummus with your finely chopped and cooked red onion, your choice of vegetables, boiled potatoes, salt and pepper along with a dash of parsley. Once you’ve mixed them well, shape them into burger patties, shallow fry and voila. Sister hunger!
2. Baked Hummus Pasta:
Pasta loaded with hummus sounds like a truckload of flavor. If you’re a fan of pasta with a crispy layer of hummus, this is for you. Take a small bowl and add the remaining hummus, finely chopped garlic, paprika, cumin and chili powder. Mix them well and coat the steamed pasta. Squeeze lemon over coated steamed pasta and bake for 25-30 minutes. Preheat the oven before you start baking. Enjoy this beautiful side dish that is both tangy and crunchy with a pinch.
3. Hummus Pizza:
Bored of your regular pizza sauce? Well, you need to read this. Take a flatbread or pizza base and spread hummus on it. Add toppings of your choice (tomato, olives, cucumber, capsicum and corn are good) and top with plenty of cheese. Bake it for 12 minutes and your hummus pizza is ready.
Ps: Hog it before someone steals the last slice from you!
4. Mashed Potatoes with Hummus:
A bowl filled with fresh beans, poached eggs, bacon strips and fresh fruit is an ideal breakfast spree for us all. Experiment with your mashed potatoes by adding a spoonful of hummus the next time you cook them. Hummus pairs well with butter and milk, and adding a pinch of black pepper on top of them can help you drool over those scrumptious mashed potatoes. Leftover hummus can easily last up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator, says Ella Lopez, recipe developer at Dash of Butter. So, you can enjoy this treat even after a week or so.
5. Veg Hummus Wrap:
Feeling hungry but too lazy to grab a pan and cook something delicious? The wrap is here to the rescue. Jump into the refrigerator, grab whatever veggies you have and roughly chop them up. Add pepper and salt and fry for 2-3 minutes. When done, grab the tortilla wraps and spread a spoonful of tomato sauce, chili sauce and hummus. Put those tossed vegetables in the wrap and roll it well. Your food is ready in 10 minutes.
6. Soup It Up:
Adding a spoonful of hummus to a bowl of soup thickens it up and plays with its texture. Grab that jar of leftover hummus from your pantry and add a generous spoonful of hummus the next time you cook a hot bowl of soup. We’re sure it’ll become a mandate once you give it a shot.
7. Devil Capsicum Hummus:
Stuffed capsicum is amazing. It is a great source of protein and can be easily cooked without much effort. If you’re in the mood to experiment with capsicum, here’s a quick recipe for you: Scoop out the center of the capsicum so that it’s hollowed out. Take a bowl and add a spoonful of hummus, olive oil, salt, pepper and finely chopped onion and mix it well. Bake the capsicum filling in this mixture. Enjoy with chili or tomato sauce.
Pro tip: Take a pan and oil it well. Shallow fry these stuffed capsicums. Once the top layer of capsicum is cooked, remove from the pan and serve hot.
8. Avocado Tomato Hummus Sandwich:
Too lazy to chop vegetables and stuff a full sandwich? don’t worry Sometimes simple ingredients can do magic. Chop 2 large tomatoes. Take a loaf of bread and spread avocado and butter on it. Place 2-3 slices of tomato on the bread and sprinkle with black pepper and salt. Grill the sandwich with chipotle sauce if you like. It will surely become your favorite food very soon.
9. Salad Dressing:
Working on your health and trying to lose some weight but can’t give up some tasty treats? Hummus can be your friend here. Salad is a good source of important nutrients. It is true that eating boiled vegetables with a pinch of pepper and salt is boring and tasteless. Add that leftover hummus to your salad to add a crunch and creamy flavor to your bowl of protein and fiber. Doing this will make your salad interesting and creamy so you won’t feel demotivated on your fitness journey.
Hummus is always considered a side dish but if you look closely, it is more than just a dip. A family’s pantry and refrigerator are full of leftovers. Sometimes it gets stocked up but that doesn’t mean you have to throw them away straight away. Use your creativity, hone your culinary skills, and see which ingredients go well with which dishes. If you have an eye for food, you can definitely use leftovers with ease. Try these dishes and let us know your experience.
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