Hummus Layer Dip

Hummus Layer Dip, lemon scented hummus loaded with fresh veggies.   A healthy addition to any Super Bowl party!

Hummus Layer Dip, lemon scented hummus loaded with fresh veggies, a healthy addition to any Super Bowl party!

When you think about Super Bowl, healthy food doesn’t usually come to mind.  Wings, sliders, mini-hot dogs, spinach artichoke dip and cheese fries…diet disaster!  Try keeping it on the lighter side this year by including a few appetizers that are both delicious and guilt free!

I know this recipe isn’t all that original, but it is a tried and true crowd pleaser!  I made this recipe from Allrecipes.com before and it was loved by all.  This time around, I upped the veggie content by adding romaine lettuce and roasted red peppers.

 Hummus Layer Dip, lemon scented hummus loaded with fresh veggies. A healthy addition to any Super Bowl party!

Hummus Layer Dip
 
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Hummus Layer Dip, lemon scented hummus loaded with fresh veggies. A healthy addition to any Super Bowl party!
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 4 oz vegan cream cheese (or your favorite brand of cream cheese)
  • 10 oz tub of hummus (or homemade hummus)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasonings
  • 1 small head romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • ½ cup olives, sliced
  • ¼ cup roasted red peppers, diced
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (optional)
Option: Add an additional layer of hummus to create a "glue," which will hold the dip together better! If you do, blend 8 oz. of vegan cream cheese, two 10 oz tubs of hummus, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of Italian seasonings.
Instructions
  1. Add vegan cream cheese, hummus, lemon juice and Italian seasonings to a food processor and pulse until well combined. Spread on bottom of a glass trifle bowl or deep pie plate.
  2. Layer with remaining ingredients, add sesame seeds as a garnish.
  3. Serve with pita chips and cucumbers slices.
  4. Enjoy!

 Hummus Layer Dip, lemon scented hummus loaded with fresh veggies. A healthy addition to any Super Bowl party!

 For a gluten-free alternative, serve with sliced cucumbers!

Update:  A reader suggested to add another layer of hummus to hold the dip together better and I totally agree with her!  And, while it sure does look pretty layered in a trifle bowl, it’s a little hard to scoop out with a chip.  Provide a serving spoon along side or arrange dip in a long, shallow cooking dish.

Hummus Layer Dip, lemon scented hummus loaded with fresh veggies. A healthy addition to any Super Bowl party!

Helpful Hint:  Don’t show up to a party hungry!  This will only lead to over-eating and making unhealthy choices!  Instead, eat a protein packed, veggie filled meal before you arrive.  The fiber and protein will help to keep you full all evening long!  When at a party, munch on healthier choices such as veggie sticks, cut fruit, whole grain crackers and hummus.  Choose the items you want to indulge in and keep portion sizes to a minimum…think appetizer plate size, not supersize portions.  Bring a healthy dish with you so you know there will be something available for you to fill up on.  Also, stay hydrated!  Dehydration often masks itself as hunger.  Remember to drink water or sparkling water in between alcoholic beverages.

20 Quick Vegan Family Meals

In a dinner rut?  Need some inspiration?  Here’s a list of 20 Quick Vegan Family Meals to choose from!

Each nourishing recipe can be made in under an hour (or in a crock pot!) and with easy-to-find ingredients.  This list of plant-based meals will please even the meat-eaters in the family!

Try one out this week!

20 Quick Vegan Family Meals

Swiss Chard with Chickpeas and Couscous from Real Simple

Avocado Pasta from Damn Delicious

Quick Vegan Chana Masala from Cookie and Kate

Loaded Sweet Potatoes from Kara Lydon

Crock Pot Lentil Bolognese (pictured below)

25 Quick Vegan Family Meals

Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl from Minimalist Baker

Sloppy Joe’s with Quinoa from Petite Allergy Treats

Healthy Sesame-Orange Ginger Chickpea Stir-Fry from Ambitious Kitchen

Quinoa Enchilada Bake (pictured below)

25 Quick Vegan Family Meals

Lighter Sesame Noodles from Martha Stewart

Slow Cooker Lentil Soup with Baked Sweet Potato from Veggie Primer

Thai Tofu Pizza (pictured below)

25 Quick Vegan Family Meals

Linguini with Caper and Green Olive Sauce from Real Simple

Crock Pot Quinoa and Lentil Tacos (pictured below)

25 Quick Vegan Family Meals

Teriyaki Peanut Tofu with Stir-Friee Veggies & Brown Rice from I Love Vegan

Baked Tofu Sushi Bowls from Connoisseurus Veg

Butternut Squash Pasta with Toasted Breadcrumbs from Natural Girl Modern World

Rice and Bean Casserole (pictured below)

25 Quick Vegan Family Meals

Black Bean Croquettes with Fresh Salsa from Eating Well

Quinoa, Broccoli, and Kale Curry from Serious Eats

Did you know?  Preparing meals at home is not only easier on your budget, it’s better for your health too!  Restaurant portions are typically way too big (2 to 3 times larger than a single serving), loaded with sodium and unhealthy fats.  At home, you know what ingredients are used and how they are cooked, putting you in control of your health!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Chocolatey, peanutty, mouthwatering vegan and gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies!  Another recipe made with aquafaba!

 Chocolatey, peanutty, mouthwatering vegan and gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies! Another recipe made with aquafaba!

We seriously emptied out the pantry when creating these cookies!  I would have added walnuts if I had them, next time!  In place of eggs I used my new favorite ingredient from last week…aquafaba!  Read up here on aquafaba and for the BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE EVER!  I was impressed once again with the consistency aquafaba lends to baked goods, very similar to using eggs!  For a peanutty flavor I added organic peanut powder similar to PB2.  If you’re not familiar with powdered peanut butter it’s peanuts that have been dehydrated and pressed.  The end result is a powder that contains less fat and calories than peanut butter.  I honestly don’t get the concept of powdered peanut butter as my favorite part of peanuts is its healthy fat content, but my mom left it at my house and I needed to use it somehow!  It was a good way to sneak in the flavor without making the cookies too dense.  You can also add it to smoothies and sauces in addition to baking with it.

  Chocolatey, peanutty, mouthwatering vegan and gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies! Another recipe made with aquafaba!

Recipe adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie

Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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Chocolatey, peanutty, mouthwatering vegan and gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies! Another recipe made with aquafaba!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 24-26
Ingredients
  • ⅔ + ½ cup oat flour
  • ¼ cup powdered peanut butter (similar to PB2)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup aquafaba
  • ¼ cup milk of your choice (I used soy milk)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup raisins
  • ½ cup vegan chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine oat flour, powdered peanut butter, baking soda, cinnamon and sea salt.
  3. In another bowl stir together aquafaba, milk, olive oil and vanilla.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
  5. Fold in raisins and chocolate chips. Form into a ball, cover and refrigerate dough for 10-15 minutes or until chilled.
  6. Use a tablespoon to drop cookies evenly onto cookie sheets. Bake 6-8 minutes or until slightly golden around the edges.
  7. Let cool and enjoy!

Chocolatey, peanutty, mouthwatering vegan and gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies! Another recipe made with aquafaba!

I intended to bring these over to our neighbors, but they didn’t last long enough!  They were a hit in my house and I hope they are in yours too!  I will make another batch, I promise :)