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Spring time is a time we head outdoors to enjoy the sun and warm air while we entertain. A favorite appetizer for our get-togethers is vegetable chips and hummus, because it is so easy to make and such a social party snack…we love getting everyone together around a few bowls to chat while they munch.
I usually make an hummus with olive oil, but I wanted to cut the fat a bit and kick up the taste factor, so I replaced the olive oil and half the beans in my usual recipe with a can of LIBBY’S 100% Pure Pumpkin, and the results were incredibly tasty, and so light- perfect for the spring and early summer! I chose a variety of my favorite seasonal herbs to make it more zesty too, and I use Great Northern beans instead of chick peas because they are a little lighter, great for warmer months.
Spring Pumpkin Hummus with Seasonal Herbs
1 can (15 oz) LIBBY’S 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 can (15 oz) Great Northern beans, drained
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon rosemary
1/4 teaspoon thyme
pinch of lavender
1. Combine pumpkin and beans in a blender and pulse until smooth.
2. Pour out hummus mixture into a bowl and stir in seasoning and herbs.
3. Serve with your favorite hummus companion (we love veggie and flaxseed chips).
I never realized before how incredibly versatile pumpkin is, but now that I’ve been trying it in different recipes I found at LIBBY’S Pumpkin on Pinterest, I feel that almost everything tastes better with pumpkin. It stands on its own as a delicious ingredient, but also helps to cut the fat, calories, cholesteral and sodium when used to replace other ingredients in a recipe, like eggs or butter. It’s packed with fiber and vitamin A, in addition to the fact it can be used in so many recipes that you may not have thought of, so pumpkin really is a superfood.
I recently made a savory dish of Pumpkin Cheese Ravioli that was incredibly delicious as well as lower in fat (because it reduced the quantity of cheese filling). It’s a popular ingredient in desserts and beverages, and it’s also wonderful in appetizers, or part of lunch and dinner recipes.
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