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Spinach hummus

26 Apr

My 3 year old’s favorite “vegetable” is spinach hummus by made by Roots, an Asheville company.  I’ve not been able to find it in my local grocery store lately, but did find their regular hummus (which is also some of the tastiest store-bought hummus ever) and decided to try to make my own version.

Yesterday afternoon in the garden, the boys helped me pick a few cups’ worth of spinach leaves (which, by the way, was much less exciting to them than pulling up fat radishes, but that’s another story).   Then we washed the leaves and pureed them into a pulp with the immersion blender:

I added just a few tablespoons of water to get the process started.   I had a total of about 3 cups of fresh spinach leaves.  Oh, and it helped to chop them up with a knife before trying to use the blender.

Fresh raw spinach smells and tastes so sweet.  No wonder you can drink smoothies with that as a main ingredient.  My 5 year old wanted to eat it just as it was, without mixing it in with the plain hummus.

Note little bro licking the lid of the hummus container as he’s watching his big bro at work.

The 3 cups of leaves ended up being about 3/4 cup of spinach puree, which we stirred in with the plain hummus.  It was so good they finished the entire container off in about 10 minutes.

Preschooler wisdom: It's always important to have a flashlight handy, even when you're devouring spinach hummus on a sunny afternoon.

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5 responses to “Spinach hummus

  1. Little Sis

    April 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I was just wondering what the next hummus should be – thank you.

     
    • ashevilleyardfarmer

      April 28, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      Great question! Why stop at just spinach?! Hmmm…..got loads of arugula now….Got any ideas?

       
      • Little Sis

        April 28, 2012 at 6:09 pm

        I’ve got a whole mess of garlic mustard outside that I’d like to benefit from while it tries to take over…

         
  2. Jimmy

    May 22, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    awe, $30 bucks at walmart? I paid $38 at sams. I’m still happy about it. I got 2- and split one in half. 1 1/2 for my gedarn (126 by 63 by 8 ) and 1/2 (42 by 24 ) to use as a sand box for my kids. I did spend more than I had planned on for building one myself, but I am beyond un handy my husband works a ton my dad doesn’t have time to come do it for me and it’s from recycled materials- so win-win!

     
  3. Stevo

    May 23, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Sjef, thank you for the information you sulppied in your comments about lettuce. I have never been a big head lettuce gardener, but I would be interested in trying your idea. It can add to my knowledge of how to grow food. Good luck with your website.

     

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