Party to Go or Party at Home with #HummusMadeEasy

Although this is not a sponsored post, we received free samples of Bush’s #HummusMadeEasy.  All opinions are our own.

I can’t tell you how excited we were to host a #HummusMadeEasy party.  Hummus on its own is pretty easy.  Mince garlic, squeeze some lemon, rinse garbanzo beans, add 2 TB tahini and whirl away.  But then you have to make sure you have all the ingredients. And you add a knife, cutting board, mincer/garlic press and spoon to the list of things to wash.  I really hate washing dishes.

With #HummusMadeEasy, there are no dishes other than a rinse of the food processor or blender.  Here @Semi_Handmade, we are all about simple shortcuts that make it handmade, but realistic for busy people.

When we were offered an opportunity to host a party, we though through some ways to make this realistic and practical for

busy parents or people who are on the go, but also wanted to do something special without a lot of work.

We decided to do a Party at Home and a “Party to Go.”


Whether you’re entertaining at home or packing up a “Party To Go,” you prepare the hummus the same way: easily.

This is Bush’s Classic #HummusMadeEasy, and all you need is a can of garbanzo beans, a packet of #HummusMadeEasy and a food processor or blender.  Three easy steps is all it takes: 1) Drain; 2) Dump; and 3) Whir.

Step 1:  Drain and rinse the beans. 

Step Two: Dump into food processor

Add #HummusMadeEasy packet

Step 3:  Whir (Turn on food processor) for about 60-90 seconds.

After 60 seconds, I scraped the work bowl to make sure everything is evenly incorporated.  Don’t worry, this isn’t an extra thing to wash.  You’ll need the spatula to get every bit of hummus goodness into your serving dish and to spread it out with flair!

And you’re done!

I love serving in plain, white bowls to really showcase the food.  The fun part is deciding what goes on top.  Minced garlic? Pine nuts and olive oil? Fresh herbs like thyme, dill, scallions or oregano?

I decided to do a classic greek dip with diced tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onion, with a drizzle of top quality olive oil and sprinkling of chopped flat leaf parsley for freshness.  In hind sight, I wish I included slivered kalamata olives and crumbled feta, with maybe a squeeze of lemon to finish.  But, that would require additional dishes…

Paired with cucumbers and grilled pita, this was truly Hummus Made Classic!


The next flavor was Southwest Black Bean.

Again, three easy steps is all it takes: 1) Drain; 2) Dump; and 3) Whir.

Step 1:  Drain and rinse the beans. 

Step Two: Dump into food processor

Add the #HummusMadeEasy packet.

Step 3:  Whir (Turn on food processor) for about 60-90 seconds.

And voila, you have an easy, #Semi_Handmade Southwestern Black Bean Hummus ready to eat!

I topped the Southwestern Black Bean Hummus with thinly sliced scallions, grated colby jack cheese + cilantro.  A sprinkle of coarse kosher salt and a squeeze of lime brings that acidity to cut through the unctuous black beans.  Paired with fresh corn tortillas made in-store at Whole Foods, this was a fantastic pairing. And, it’s gluten free.


I really wanted to find some simple ways to make hummus into a meal.  I cubed organic chicken breast and marinated it for 30 minutes in lemon juice, lemon zest, oregano, crushed red pepper and olive oil.  Right before baking, I sprinkled with kosher salt and pepper and baked for 20 minutes.

Serve these on a skewer for ultimate entree dipper for Classic Hummus Made Easy!


I wanted entree dippers for the Southwestern Black Bean Hummus, so I made my Simple Oven Quesadillas, which allows me to make a ton of quesadillas, quickly.

First I butter both sides of a whole wheat tortilla and place on a foil lined baking sheet.  I use my hands.  It’s faster and you get a much more even coating and can get all the way to the edge (a must!)

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Sprinkle evenly with your favorite shredded cheese.

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Top with another tortilla, butter side up, and bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

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Your quesadillas may puff in the oven, but flip them when they come out and allow to cool for 5 minutes, and you won’t have a problem!

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You’ll have a crispy, buttery outside and oozy, melty, cheesy inside.  Because these are going to be dippers, I recommend that you wait to cut them into wedges until the have cooled until warm to the touch.  Otherwise, you’ll have stringy cheese to contend with.

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Wrap up your dishes catering-style with plastic wrap pulled tightly, and you have a #HummusMadeEasy Party to GO!

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When we got to our destination, we laid out the spread so that our friends could try a little of everything.  IMG_9106

And they did!

     


#Semi_Handmade Party At Home with #HummusMadeEasy

We prepared the hummus the same way, only this time, we added an extra option.

First, we prepared the same Southwestern and Classic hummus.

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This time we topped the Southwestern Black Bean Hummus with tomatoes, scallions, cilantro, parsley and kosher salt.

We crisped up the chips in a 350º oven for 10 minutes and sprinkled with lime juice and coarse, kosher salt.

For the classic hummus, I diced cucumbers, vine ripened tomatoes, white onion, parsley and drizzled on high quality olive oil.  I added a few baby cucumber rounds for extra flair.

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We had a fabulous, healthful #HummusMadeEasy spread.

My favorite twist was to create these filling, healthful entree salads.  We plated mini salads with crisp romaine, classic hummus, diced tomato, thinly sliced english cucumbers and a grilled pita wedge.

The Southwestern Entree Salad had shredded cheese, scallions, fire roasted corn and cilantro over romaine + Southwestern Black Bean Hummus.  We garnished with a crisp tortilla chip, although tortilla strips would also give a nice crunch!  Next time I might add a drizzle of avocado crema (avocado blended with cilantro, salt and sour cream).

These mini entree salads were a huge hit!  Really, this is a fantastic lunch for a weekday at home or to take to work.

For us, this #HummusMadeEasy party at Home was perfect for a board meeting and training.

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Top 5 Reasons Why We Love #HummusMadeEasy

 1) It’s ACTUALLY easy.

2) It’s made with real ingredients.  

Look, you can pronounce everything inside!

3)  It’s Protein Packed for a Meal or Snack™

#HummusMadeEasy is high in protein and fiber, low in calories, and it fills and fuels.

4) It’s Incredibly Versatile

We did some recipe experimenting and we found that in addition to a great side dish or appetizer, you could make a main dish out of #HummusMadeEasy by adding it to a greek salad or rice/quinoa bowl, or make a black bean hummus quesadilla, or use cheese quesadillas as dippers.  Although straight from the package it tastes smooth and buttery, it is easy to add ingredients to make it your own.

For the Party at Home, I added white onion, cayenne, roasted red peppers, 3 cloves of garlic and some jalapeño to the Southwestern #HummusMadeEasy and it was a spicy dip that was perfect for salad, in or on quesadillas, or in a taco shell (crunchy or soft!).  Leftovers make a great condiment for sandwiches to use as a healthful replacement to mayonnaise.

5) It’s a Perfect Pantry Staple for Last Minute Entertaining or to Bring to a Party, Event or Activity



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