15 Delightful Ideas to Jazz Up Hummus

15 Delightful Ideas to Jazz Up Hummus

Switching from cheese sandwich to Avocado Hummus Toast

Never in my life, did I think I would love hummus that much. I used to love my cheese and bread in the morning (not anymore). Just the thought of breaking this craving seemed sheer impossible. Then came the hummus…

“Veganism is not about giving anything up or losing anything; it is about gaining the peace within yourself that comes from embracing nonviolence and refusing to participate in the exploitation of the vulnerable” ― Gary L. Francione

Given the fact that everyone is in a time crunch especially in the morning, the hummus recipe and its variations below is prepared in no time. Actually, they meant to be simple, elegant vegan meals that can be done every day or on a special occasion to vow your guest.

The avocado hummus toast seemed just right for breakfast. I can prepare it the night before or even the day of. The bright side of this dish is you can buy ready made hummus and jazz it up any way you want it. Just assemble, and you are ready to go. Of course, that’s not everyone’s cup of coffee, but it’s an option. I prefer to prep a batch that lasts me a couple of days or more.

 

Dried chickpeas

Why Hummus?

This delicious creamy mousse has found its way into the food chain since over 7000 years. It originated from the middle east and is now available in every supermarket.

The essential ingredients are chickpeas, garlic, olive oil tahini sauce, lemon juice and Himalayan pink salt. The latter is my preference because this salt tastes better than any other in the world.

The WebMD calls hummus a home run. Chickpeas are consistently on the top list of healthy vegetables.

 

Canned organic chickpeas

Canned organic chickpeas

What chickpeas to buy?

Dried or canned?

Canned chickpeas are available in almost every supermarket these days compared to dried chickpeas. If in a rush yes I would open a can too. Once you have tasted the difference between canned and dried, you’ll probably never go back to canned beans.

That being said if you have the time then go for dried chickpeas. Let them soak overnight, then boil them in fresh water.  They only need about one hour and twenty-five minutes to cook.

Another cooking method is to boil them straight out of the bag, after rising them, which takes a little less than two and a half hours.

Organic or conventional?

As with most conventional grown vegetables, they contain pesticides compared to organically grown. Organic chickpeas are not cheap, but worth the investment. With canned organic chickpeas, you want to make sure the lining is free of BPA. Unfortunately, there are only a few brands who offer BPA free cans.

Especially as a vegan, I think it is vital to buy organic vegetables whenever possible. It’s an investment in your health.

 Hummus with Olive oil

Hummus – It’s like a blank canvas

The idea behind a hummus recipe is that you can modify it in a hundred ways. It can be eaten at any time of the day. For example, I use it for cocktail parties as a vegetable hummus shooter. It looks nice and is always a conversation starter.

Almost any vegetable works with it. However, when incorporating vegetables into hummus, it’s best to blanch or roast them before. It will help intensify the flavor.

One of my all-time favorites is caramelized onions and jalapenos with a touch of aged balsamico.  Here are some ideas of vegetables that can be incorporated:

Elegant Vegetable hummus shooter

Vegetable hummus shooter

15 of my favorites vegetables to complement hummus:

With the exception of jalapenos, I recommend adding about one-third the volume of any of the (cooked) vegetables listed below to the hummus. Of course, it’s a personal preference. Whatever makes your taste buds happy. Go for it.

  1. Avocado
    I think the avocado and hummus is a match made in heaven. Maybe I am exaggerating now, but it’s so versatile. You decide if you go for a tangy or spicy theme and surprise your guest or your taste buds.
  2. Spinach
    Sautée shallots and sliced garlic in avocado oil until translucent. Add organic baby spinach and wilt slightly.
    Let cool and add to chickpeas than follow the recipe below.
  3. Carrots
    I prefer to use baby carrots, but regular carrots work too. Peel, wash and slice carrots into half-inch pieces. Add avocado oil and roast in the oven at 350 degrees until soft. Usually 20 to 30 minutes. Some carrots take longer.
  4. Jalapenos
    Wash and slice jalapenos. Sautee in avocado oil until soft, then add to chickpeas. For more intense heat cook jalapenos with seeds, otherwise, remove them.
  5. Black beans
    Cook black beans just like chickpeas. Soak overnight and cook for about one hour and thirty minutes. Add to the recipe.
  6. Eggplant
    Peel and chop eggplant and onions into half inch pieces. Sautee in avocado oil until soft. Use a quarter onion for every eggplant. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Sweet Potatoes
    There are two methods you can roast sweet potatoes. Whole with its skin on or peeled and chopped.  The peeled potatoes are usually easier to work with since they just need to be added to the recipe. The whole potato, on the other hand, needs to be scooped out, which is more work.
  8. Butternut
    Very similar to sweet potatoes, however, peeling is more appropriate.
  9. Bell Peppers
    Roasted peppers are a great addition to the chickpeas. They add a beautiful sweetness to the hummus that truly satisfies.
  10. Beets
    I prefer to steam them since I have a steamer on my job. I know I am spoiled when it comes to equipment. You can boil them in water, which takes easily one to two hours, depending on how small the beets are cut. Roasting is another good option. Just remember to wear gloves because beets will stain your hands (and shirts). It’s just a headache to clean your hands afterward. With beets, it pays to go organic since most beets are genetically modified (GMO) in the US.
  11. Broccoli
    Steamed, roasted or boiled broccoli lends the hummus a light green color. It also gives it a health punch. Studies have shown that broccoli has anti-carcinogenic and cancer-fighting agents.
  12. Broccoli Sprouts
    Take it up a notch from broccoli. These incredibly healthy sprouts have shown to add great benefits to your hummus. From anti-aging antioxidants that reduces wrinkles to cancer-fighting compounds. Due to its high amount of sulforaphane, broccoli sprouts are credited for normal brain development, and some studies suggest it prevents autism. Talking about incredible health benefits here. For that reason, I like to sprinkle broccoli sprouts on all my salads and of course my hummus avocado toast, as shown in the picture.
  13. Olives
    Use any olives you like. I prefer calamata olives. They have an intense flavor and work great with the caramelized onions in the hummus.
  14. Tomatoes
    Slow roasted tomatoes taste especially good with hummus. They lend it a mild sweet flavor.
  15. Caramelized onions
    Who doesn’t love the sweet taste of caramelized onions? It uplifts any recipe. Add a touch of aged balsamic and you have the perfect duo.

Multi grain French bread

Multigrain French bread

Hummus the Energizer

According to Dr. Axe, hummus is full of healthy goodies.

  • Supports heart health
  • Rich in fiber, minerals, and vitamins
  • Has Anti Inflammatory effects
  • Reduces hypertension
  • Helps with digestion

Hummus avocado toast with broccoli sprouts and radishes

Hummus avocado toast with broccoli sprouts and radishes

The Ultimate Vegan Power Breakfast

I must say I really have come to love my hummus avocado toast in the morning. Actually, it’s not really a toast, but a toasted multigrain french bread.

Even my sons adapted this breakfast sandwich, and they are not vegans – yet. It’s so delicious and satisfying that I sometimes eat too much of it.

Avocado hummus sandwich on multigrain bread

Avocado hummus toast on multigrain bread

I had just finished taking the pictures when my son came in and said that looks delicious. “Are you done with taking pictures?” he asks. I nodded and gone was the toast.

Hummus and the multigrain bread provides the protein and the fiber needed for a good meal. The avocado provides the necessary fat vegans need. This simple avocado hummus multigrain toast, as I call it, provide a punch of vitamin C and E. This sandwich keeps me satisfied until lunch, hence it also delivers the important breakfast meal most of us vegans need to get us through the day.

 A simple hors-d’oeuvre with style

One of my favorite hors D’eouvre is the vegetable humus shooter. I think it makes a nice presentation and adds some color to the buffet table. The hummus makes a great dip for any crudités instead of using a greasy, unhealthy blue cheese or ranch dip.

Hummus vegetable shooters

Hummus vegetable shooters

It has the same ingredients like the caramelized onion hummus with the exception it’s served in a shooter with Crudités vegetables. I always like to spice it up with some cayenne pepper.

Avocado hummus crostini

Avocado hummus crostini

On the buffet, I like to strategically place the shooters on a silver tray throughout the buffet some elevated on a riser.  It is also the go-to vegan hors D’eouvre on parties where meat and dairy are served. Just imagine what an all- vegan buffet looks like. I just leave that for a later post.

The hummus shooter is usually favored by the ladies, as it is rather a low-calorie appetizer.

Tomato hummus crostini

Tomato hummus crostini

The guys, in my opinion, prefer the crostini, as it adds some crunch and texture to the hummus. As with any other hors D’eouvre, the sky is the limit when it comes to toppings.

Fancy avocado hummus Island

Fancy avocado hummus Island

An Elegant Vegan Appetizer

So simple yet always a crowd pleaser. At first, I wanted to add three colored tacos, but I changed my mind. Why not stay with a gluten-free appetizer for a change. Even though the tacos would go well with the avocado. The radishes provide a little crunch and a touch of color. The golden gooseberries add a surprising sweet but tangy flavor to the dish. A perfect vegan appetizer with a touch of elegance.

Avocado hummus Island

 

 

To simplify this recipe I have used cooked chickpeas, which I had prepared the day before. Feel free to use canned beans instead.

What’s your take on hummus? Do you have a favorite way to serve hummus? Leave a comment below.

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Avocado Hummus Toast
To simplify this recipe I have used cooked chickpeas, which I had prepared the day before. Feel free to use canned beans instead.
Hummus avocado toast
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Hummus with Himalayan pink salt
Avocado Puree
Multi-grain Bread
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 25 minutes
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Hummus with Himalayan pink salt
Avocado Puree
Multi-grain Bread
Hummus avocado toast
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Instructions
Hummus
  1. Add all ingredients to food processor and blend until smooth.
Avocado Puree
  1. Mash avocados with a fork until smooth then incorporate all other ingredients.
Assemble Avocado Hummus Toast
  1. Scoop about two tablespoons of hummus on the multigrain toast.
  2. Top with a dollop of avocado puree.
  3. Decorate with diced onion, tomatoes, sliced radishes and some broccoli sprouts.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Avocado Hummus Toast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 203 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.02g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.01g
Sodium 580mg 24%
Potassium 61mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 2g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 25%
Calcium 4%
Iron 9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

A Super Food Cocktail That Makes You Look Good #HealthyFridays

A Super Food Cocktail That Makes You Look Good #HealthyFridays

Super Food Smoothie

A Super Food Cocktail That Is Addicting

Have you ever wondered if there is a healthy food that makes you feel good without a lot of calories? A healthy food concoction that you can drink several times a day? Something you would even crave on a daily basis.  It is similar to a smoothie or should I say Froothie (that’s my version of a super Food Cocktail). Which I explain in a while.

A smoothie is around for a while and I have always enjoyed them tremendously. I also used to use a juicer on a regular basis until I got tired of throwing all the good pulp away. On the other hand my experience using a blender to “juice” up vegetables and fruit didn’t always worked out, because it wasn’t smooth enough.

However, I found a machine that is able to give you the best of both; a blender and a Juicer. How can this work you might ask. To be honest I don’t really know. I’m talking about the NutriBullet. You might have heard about it. The NutriBullet is a so-called blender of its own class. Actually the inventor of the nutribullet call it the extractor, simply because the blender is so powerful, it does the same job like a juicer only to keep the pulp in the drink. I only have this machine for about 2 weeks now and don’t want to miss it one day. It comes with a complete recipe book so you never run out of ideas.

Healthy super food cocktail

The Nutribullet makes any type of smoothie in seconds. Best of all it takes not even a minute to clean it. I have about three blenders at home which I hardly use for that only reason that it takes too long to clean and they are not powerful enough to do the job. That said there is one excellent mixer out there, which I think is the king of all mixers: The Vitamix 1782 TurboBlend, 2 Speed. No other blender comes even close in performance except the Nutribullet. I have used the Vitamix on my job for many years, and it never broke once, but it cost easily three times as much as the Nutribullet. In the same token the Vitamix is much bigger, which has the advantage of making two or three smoothies at the same time. The Vitamix is also able to blend hot food like soups and sauces and comes with its own recipe book, too.

Nutribullet Versus The Vitamix – Which is better?

By the way I’m not getting paid to write about either blender, I just like both. However, I placed a link for you to take a look at both machines so you can look up the details. In the event you decide to buy the Nutri Bullet or the Vitamix  through one of my links I would earn a tiny commission, which would make me happy and you even happier. I promise 🙂 If you have any previous experience with either one I would love to hear your opinion.

The recipe for this super food cocktail is one that I have used for many months now, but can really enjoy it since I have the Nutri-bullet. Of course you can make this healthy cocktail in any blender, you might just have some small bits and pieces in it.

Super healthy smoothie

 Enjoy Your Food and Eat Slowly…

There is one fundamental reason this super food cocktail has so many health benefits for us. Because it is food that was made drinkable, so we don’t need much chewing. We humans don’t like to chew. (It’s a fact for most of us) We are always in a hurry. Although there is a reason why we should chew thoroughly – and that is a better digestion with better nutrition absorption. This super food cocktail enables a perfect digestion and since you have a variety of fruit, vegetables and grains you’ll receive a super dose of vitamins, minerals and omega 3 fats.

I make a drink like this every morning for my family. Actually I prepare it the night before. I put all ingredients in the blender cup, cover it and in the morning I just blend it. It’s surprisingly luscious, delightful as it is addicting.

For those of us who have allergies to grains, soy or lactose I recommend to just leave these ingredients out and replace them with other fruit and vegetables.

 

A Super Food Cocktail #HealthyFridays
Recipe Type: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks,
Cuisine: American
Author: Kraemers Culinary Blog
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1/2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 organic apple, quartered and seeded
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 organic carrot
  • 1 cup of organic baby spinach, kale & red Swiss chard
  • 1/2 cup organic blueberries
  • 1/2 cup of organic raspberries
  • 5 pieces of asparagus
  • 1 tbsp flax meal
  • 1/3 cup coconut water
  • 1/3 cup vanilla soy milk
Instructions
  1. All seeds must first be milled.
  2. Than add all other ingredients and blend until smooth. Enjoy
Notes
For all non vegetarian you can add 1/3 cup of organic vanilla yogurt to this super food cocktail. However, I guess tofu would work great too just to add more protein to the shake. The organic baby greens like spinach, kale and Swiss chard are offered in some supermarkets. Some call it the super greens. If you can’t find this mixture of lettuces than baby spinach is just fine.

 

I would love to hear your opinion?

Do you own a Nutribullet or Vitamix? Do you like it?

Do you have your own “super food cocktail” recipe? Tell me about it?

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A Messy Bowl of Oatmeal with Blueberries

A Messy Bowl of Oatmeal with Blueberries

a spoon of oatmeal with blueberries

Eating healthy is easier said than done. Almost every day I think about to diversify my diet, yet I hardly do something about it. My problem is; I love the good old wholesome bread with lots of grains and fibers. Although there is nothing wrong with that I just have to eat more veggies and fruits. With a busy job all that goes up into smoke and by the end of the day all I have eaten was my breakfast and a lousy snack. Does that sound familiar or am I the only one struggling to eat better?

Ingredients for oatmeal with blueberries

A Bowl of Oatmeal Everyday

Well my New Year’s resolution is among a few other things to eat healthier. Foods like a bowl of oatmeal with blueberries, grilled fish, salads and more fruits are on the agenda. Yeah-yeah it’s all talk – talk – talk. I‘ll be a better eater next year?!  All these damn resolutions, serious! If I want to eat better I’ll better start right now. What do I need a New Year’s resolution for – there are for procrastinators. So here is bowl of oatmeal with blueberries. I started to eat healthier just a few moments ago and it’s up to me to keep it up!

 

Healthy Oatmeal with Fruit

A Chef’s Weakness – The Diet

It sounds paradox, but many chefs have at one point in their life struggled to eat a wholesome diet. One would think chefs have everything at their disposal. While that is certainly right it is common for chefs not to eat all day. Yes, chefs taste their wonderful creations, yet what is a teaspoon of food here and there. It’s a teaser nothing else.

Of my twenty odd years as being a chef I have always enjoyed cooking. Believe it or not there was a time in my life where I couldn’t eat all day while cooking in the kitchen.  This is a well-known problem among chefs. We stay in the kitchen all day tasting and smelling food, to the point that our appetite is completely turned off. I’m not telling you a story just check anyone who works in a kitchen, they will attest to that.

Worse is – when I came out of the kitchen – I got hungry, really hungry. And you wouldn’t guess what I was craving for: Junk food, salty, greasy unhealthy food.  Which is a shame, because I was right at the source. Fruits, vegetables, steaks, fish and my favorite bowl of oatmeal with blueberries was always at my fingertips. One day I became very ill and that’s when I changed my diet.  Now I’ll eat on time every time. Although sometimes I’ll catch myself craving for junk food but that passes after a few minutes.

So, as for my part I’ll forget about all these healthy New Years resolutions and start to eat healthier now, this moment and then – keep it up! Cheers to healthy eating!! Happy New Year!

Messy bowl of oatmeal with blueberries

 

What are your New Years resolutions?

Have you had any problems eating healthy and what did you do to change that?

What are your favorite healthy foods?

Chefs, please don’t hesitate to tell your story.

 

A messy bowl of oatmeal with blueberries

Recipe Type: Breakfast,
Cuisine: American
Author: Kraemers Culinary Blog
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 8 cups of organic vanilla soy milk
  • 21/2 cups / 225 grams organic oatmeal (<a class=”zem_slink” title=”Oatmeal” href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oatmeal” target=”_blank” rel=”wikipedia” data-mce-href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oatmeal”>quick oats</a>)
  • 3 tbsp organic flax meal
  • 3 tbsp organic sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup / 30 grams walnuts (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 organic apple finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup / 100 grams your choice of organic granola
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 1 1/2 cup organic or wild blueberries
  • 1 tangerine or any other fruit you like
Instructions
  1. Except blueberries cook all ingredients in a stainless steel pot for about 5 minutes on medium heat.
  2. I usually add blueberries towards the end so they get a little warmed up in the oatmeal.
  3. Decorate with apple slices and tangerine.
Notes
Once the oatmeal is cooked and served in a bowl I like to pour a bit of cold soy milk on top. [br] The reason my bowl of oatmeal is so messy is that I used frozen blueberries and poured the leftover juice over it. Deliciously healthy!

 

 

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My Favorite Breakfast with Quark

My Favorite Breakfast with Quark

Although it is not an American Breakfast it is surely my favorite breakfast. A bit on the sweet side but very refreshing. In honor of 4th of July celebration I playfully arranged the American colors. In Germany where I come from this type of breakfast is very common. However, let me explain what my favorite Breakfast with quark is made off.  For the bread I recommend whole grain bread although any bread you like is fine. I used ricotta cheese for this recipe, because I couldn’t get any Quark. To complete the American colors I used raspberry jam and blueberry jam. Of course no breakfast is complete without a good cup of coffee. Quark is very difficult to get here in the US and usually only available in German food stores for a whopping $ 5 for not even ½ lb.

 

My favorite breakfast with Quark

My favorite breakfast with Quark

To give you a better idea what quark is and what it taste like I will list a few examples how versatile it is:

It taste like ricotta cheese and has a consistency of sour cream, however it doesn’t have a big curd, in fact it is very smooth. I doesn’t taste salty nor sweet, but can adapt to both brilliantly. If you ever had the chance to taste cheese cake made with quark you’ll know what I’m talking about. Quark is likely the most missed dairy product for Europeans in the US.

My Favorite Breakfast with Quark

Quark for breakfast over whole wheat bread

So what is your favorite breakfast? Have you tasted quark yet? Let me know. Leave a comment.

 

My Favorite Breakfast with Quark
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Kraemers Culinary Blog
Prep time: 4 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 9 mins
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 Slices of whole grain bread, toasted
  • 8 full tbsp Quark or ricotta
  • 4 tbsp raspberry jam
  • 4 tbsp blueberry jam
Instructions
  1. Spread Quark or ricotta cheese over bread.
  2. With a spoon spread the jam in two parallel lines across the bread.
  3. Enjoy.

 

 

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