As a Middle Easterner, I have had my share of hummus; it's a dish that never disappoints. Hummus has become the mother of all dips.  Not only is it vegan friendly and healthy, but it's super flavorful with only a minimal amount of ingredients and time. It can't get better than that. This Avocado Hummus with Za'atar Pita Chips is a scrumptious twist on the classic.

Why is this dish good for you?

Avocados

  • High in fiber & antioxidants
  • Incredibly nutritious with plenty of vitamins
  • High in potassium - even more than bananas

Hummus

  • It is an immune booster
  • High in vitamins
  • Unprocessed & plant based

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Avocado Hummus

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups of chickpeas (cooked)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice (about one lemon's juice)
  • 2 tbsp of tahini
  • Pinch of cumin (optional)
  • 1/3 cup of cilantro
  • 1 ripe avocado

METHOD

  1. Take your 2 cups of chickpeas and drain the water but keep the liquid that was drained and place aside. You will be using a small portion of it. Place these drained chickpeas into the processor or blender. Blend the peas for a few seconds.
  2. Then add the salt, olive oil, cumin, lemon juice, and tahini to the chickpeas and blend for another minute. Slowly begin adding your liquid (approx 2 tablespoons) that was drained from the chickpeas to slightly loosen the mixture and give a little more flavor. Mix until smooth. Add your avocado and cilantro. Purée this all together for another 30-40 seconds. The hummus should be a subtle green color.
  3. I like to garnish my hummus with sumac & cilantro.

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Za'atar Pita Chips

Pita bread is a staple in a Middle Eastern household. It's the perfect bread for dips or simple sandwiches. It's always served with hummus; hence why I decided to use them, but not without a little extra flavor, of course.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pita bread
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp  za'atar
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • Pinch of salt

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F.
  2. Cut your pita bread into triangles. Spread your olive oil and zaatar mixture onto the bread.
  3. Place the pita in a lightly oiled pan. Put it in the oven and bake for about 5 minutes until golden brown.
  4. Serve the chips & dip together for the perfect duo.