11 September 2014

Yesterday I mentioned the game night we had with our kids last month.  I served party-type appetizers for dinner, fooling my kids into thinking they were having fun food for dinner instead of an actual healthy meal.  But what they didn't realize is that the meal was pretty darn healthy with tons of veggies and beans.  Sneaky mom!  Yesterday I shared the BLT Pinwheels we had.  They definitely aren't the healthiest things in the world as they do contain bacon and mayo, but they did trick my four-year-old into eating tomatoes and lettuce, neither of which she would normally eat.  I also served this awesome hummus, Pizza Hummus!  What is pizza hummus, you ask?  It's hummus that kinda tastes like pizza.  It has all of the usual hummus ingredients, including chickpeas and tahini, but you also blend in some tomato paste and pizza seasonings.  It really does taste like pizza.  It's slightly adapted from Food Network.

Pizza Hummus

¼ cup + 2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp + 1 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp pizza seasoning or Italian seasoning
2 (15 oz.) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed, ½ cup liquid reserved
¼ cup tahini
¼ cup water
1 tsp salt

Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and puree using stick blender.  Taste for seasoning, adding more pizza seasoning or more olive oil if desired.

Makes about 4 cups.

Easy peasy!  The original recipe called for sauteing the tomato paste and the pizza seasoning together in the oil, and I tried it that way, but won't do it in the future.  I don't think it added that much to the flavor, and the dried herbs turned really dark.  Next time I will just blend all the ingredients together.  I also added more tomato paste because I wanted it to have a nice strong flavor.  This was perfect.

This is the pizza seasoning I used.  Penzey's of course!  They recently came out with this Frozen Pizza Seasoning and it is meant for "sprucing up" a frozen pizza.  We don't eat frozen pizza, but I have been using this stuff on all kinds of other things.  In this pic I was using it for Pepperoni Rolls (recipe coming soon).  If you don't have this, you might be able to find a pizza seasoning at the grocery store.  Otherwise use your favorite Italian Seasoning, or 2 tsp dried oregano and 1 tsp dried basil.

 My husband and kids LOVED this stuff.  I served it with fresh veggies, but if you were making this for a party or for watching football or something, it would be good on any kind of crackers.  I had it with some little garlic bread-type snacks and that was awesome too.  This stuff was such a hit that the tray was raided in a matter of seconds when I set it on the table.  I put it down (looking just like this pic above), and turned around to get the BLT Pinwheels, and when I came back, this is what I saw:

 Wow!  They were a bit excited to try this, I guess!

My six-year-old Lena, digging right in!  You can see that I did not even have time to get myself a plate yet!

So if you're looking for a great way to sneakily get your kids to eat more veggies, give this dip a try.

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