Roasted Red Pepper Greek Yogurt Hummus is a creamy dip that pairs nicely with pita bread or fresh vegetables. Chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, spices and fire roasted red peppers are blended with Greek yogurt for added protein and creaminess making this not only healthy, but delicious!
ROASTED RED PEPPER GREEK YOGURT HUMMUS
The holiday season is upon us and that means a lot of holiday parties with tables full of appetizers, finger foods, comforting main dishes and delicious sweets. I am teaming up with American Dairy Association Mideast today to bring you this Roasted Red Pepper Greek Yogurt Hummus, just in time for your next holiday party!
My favorite part of holiday parties is always the appetizers, especially the dips. You can almost always find me with a chip or piece of pita bread in my hand dipping it into something tasty like this Roasted Red Pepper Greek Yogurt Hummus. This dip is packed with flavor from the fire roasted red peppers and has added protein and calcium from the Greek yogurt. While I like plain, classic hummus, I especially like flavored hummus for snacking and spreading on my sandwiches, like this Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich.
I am really excited to share today’s recipe with you guys not only because I am a true hummus lover whose been eating it since childhood, but hummus is a healthy alternative to some of the heavier dishes you find on holiday tables. This hummus is unique in that it uses Greek yogurt along with chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and fire roasted red peppers. The traditional hummus I have eaten since childhood is a recipe that my family has made since I was little, so if I am going to share a unique and different way to make it you better believe it is just as good as the original but even healthier and packed with more protein.
Do you see that vibrant, beautiful red color of the hummus? I used fire roasted red peppers in this recipe and I just love the color it created. Pair this hummus with a plate of cucumbers and you have a festive red and green appetizer. I also love setting out fresh pita and fresh vegetables to snack on this Roasted Red Pepper Greek Yogurt Hummus with. If you aren’t feeling the fire roasted red peppers you can use regular roasted red peppers or leave them out. Hummus tastes great in its traditional form with a sprinkle of paprika, fresh parsley and olive oil.
If you are wondering what it tastes like to add Greek yogurt to hummus it doesn’t alter the taste but does help create an even creamier, richer dip. It also is a good way to add additional protein and calcium to hummus. Greek yogurt is a great ingredient to use in place of butter, sour cream, heavy cream or even in your favorite salad dressing. One serving of milk, cheese or yogurt provides 8 grams of high-quality protein and a powerful package of 9 essential nutrients.
Experts recommend 3 servings of low fat or fat-free dairy foods every day. I love lightening up my favorite dishes with Greek yogurt! Six ounces of Greek yogurt typically contains 14 to 17 grams of protein. It also adds a creaminess and slight tanginess that I love.
For the holidays if you plan to make this Roasted Red Pepper Greek Yogurt Hummus I suggest doubling the recipe for a big group. This stuff goes fast, trust me! When I do my meal planning for the week I always make a double batch of hummus to use for the week for snacking and as a spread on wraps and sandwiches.
Here are a few other ways you can modify this hummus to create a different flavor:
- Try adding 2 lemons juiced to the hummus and leaving out the roasted red peppers to create a light and fresh Lemon Hummus.
- Make a spicy hummus by using 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, 1 teaspoon cumin and 1 teaspoon coriander.
- Create a Lebanese inspired hummus by topping it with tabbouleh, fresh chickpeas and a drizzle of olive oil.
Help pour it forward this holiday season!
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Today’s post is sponsored by ADA Mideast. As always all opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that allow me to create new and exciting recipes.