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!

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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.

Roasted Sweet Potato Tostadas

Roasted Sweet Potato Tostadas

Chili scented roasted sweet potatoes, smashed black beans, salsa and avocado served up on a crisp corn tortilla! No utensils needed making these tostadas the ultimate finger food…perfect for a New Year’s Eve Party!

 Roasted Sweet Potato Tostadas Chili scented roasted sweet potatoes, smashed black beans, salsa and avocado served up on a crisp corn tortilla! No utensils needed making these tostadas the ultimate finger food...perfect for a New Year's Eve Party!

I love the combination of sweet potatoes, black beans and avocado. I use these three ingredients together at least once a week for my family’s meals. Something about this trifecta is super satisfying and easy to incorporate into so many recipes. Oh yea, and they are incredibly healthy for you! In fact, all three are on my “superfood” list and here’s why:

Sweet Potatoes: Loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C and fiber, which can help with controlling glucose levels.

Black Beans: Help lower cholesterol naturally due to their high fiber, antioxidants, folic acid and magnesium content.

Avocados: An excellent source of monounsaturated fatty acids, which may combat inflammation in the body.

For the recipe head over to my contributing post on the Real Housemom’s site by clicking here!

For a vegan version forget the cheese!Roasted Sweet Potato Tostadas Chili scented roasted sweet potatoes, smashed black beans, salsa and avocado served up on a crisp corn tortilla! No utensils needed making these tostadas the ultimate finger food...perfect for a New Year's Eve Party!

buffalo cauliflower bites

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are one spicy (and secretly healthy) appetizer, perfect for game day!

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are one spicy (and secretly healthy) appetizer, perfect for game day!

Football season is officially underway, which means tailgating parties! However, most spreads at football parties are not very diet friendly! Bring a slimmed down appetizer to your next event to keep your diet on track! This is a super tasty, crowd pleasing appetizer that you can fill up on without the added guilt!

Your traditional buffalo chicken wings weigh in at around 430 calories and 29 grams of fat per 1 cup serving. These are a measly 150 calories and 6 grams of fat per 1 cup serving! Plus, they are fiber filled and antioxidant rich!  For a vegan version sub Earth’s Balance for the butter!

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are one spicy (and secretly healthy) appetizer, perfect for game day!

For the full recipe head over to Real Housemoms!