Meals and Makes bean hummus

Green hummus

Meals and Makes bean hummus

My kids love hummus and enjoy it as a dip with pittas and veggies, or in sandwiches and toasted bagels.  I thought I would create a dip that can be used in the same way, but that uses fresh vegetables instead (and no added nasties).  This is an easy dip to make, and one that you can cook with kids.  I used frozen broad beans, since we had them in the freezer anyway.  Frozen peas would be a good alternative (and no need to peel them!).  The colour of this dip is fab, its texture is very smooth and creamy, helped by the olive oil and creme fraiche.  The salty parmesan and lemon flavours lift the nutty flavour of the broad beans and make it fresh and zingy.  Ideal as a dip for BBQs or maybe for a spooky halloween tea!

Makes: 1 pot of dip

Ingredients:

100g broad beans (fresh or frozen)  (I think these are called fava beans in America!)

1 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp 1/2 fat creme fraiche

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tbsp grated parmesan

Method:

  1. Cook the beans in boiling water until they are tender (about 7 minutes for frozen beans), then drain and cool them.  You can speed this up by running them under cold water for a couple of minutes.
  2. When they are cool enough, pop the beans out of their skins.  This is a good job for kids to get involved with!  Discard the skins.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients with a blender until the dip is well mixed and smooth.
  4. Use this in the same way as you would hummus; as a dip for raw vegetable sticks or as a topping for toasted bagels.  Ideal to take on a picnic!

TIP: You could use frozen peas or the more tender petit pois instead of the beans.  Cook them in the same way, but you would not need to skin them.

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39 thoughts on “Green hummus

  1. Hi Kate, dips are a really sneaky way if getting children to eat more veg. I would never have thought to make a dip using broad beans! In the winter I make fava soup, using dried fava pieces, I was never sure what it was, but it makes a good soup. Now I know!

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.

    XX

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    1. Thanks for your comment! Yes, dips are a great way to get kids to eat their veggies (in the dip and as the vehicle for dipping!). Thats interesting that you can get dried fava pieces- and that they make a nice soup! x

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  2. As soon as I saw this on twitter earlier I was so excited! My kids literally LIVE on hummus (one fussy eater and one vegetarian) so I’m super excited to try a variation on the theme…I reckon if I get them making it too it could be a success?! Watch this space! It’s going on my summer hols to do list!
    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment. Yes, it sounds like it would be a great recipe for both of your kids! I definitely think that getting kids cooking is a great way to encourage them to try new foods and dishes. I hope you all have fun making it in the holidays!

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  3. This looks great. I would definitely use peas though. I couldn’t be bothered with pealing the skins off! Pen x #KCACOLS

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  4. I love the idea of a homemade dip so there’s no nasty preservatives and hidden sugars etc.
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
    Debbie

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