Hummus pinwheels – meal right, feel right

20130510-182401.jpgOh finger food, how we love thee.  I’m  a relatively slim guy despite my love of finger foods. Super Bowl and birthday parties I can eat my weight – but like all Epic Dads I show moderation in all areas.

Part of what makes it easy to eat like the giraffe at your local zoo is to eat lots of healthy things. Fruits and fruit smoothies are staples at our house – the green monster being the most popular – as are many vegetable combinations and straight up roasted ones.

Why not combine finger foods with healthy foods? Enter the hummus pinwheel.

Take a piece of flat-bread or tortilla, slather it up with some good old hummus* and then top with a selection of vegetables. I used cucumber and spinach because I wanted to eat all of this and including cucumber is the best way to keep the sharks – my kids and wife – from circling.  But you could use any number of vegetables.  Some ideas, all finely diced:

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  • Yellow or red bell peppers.
  • Red onions.
  • Spinach or romaine lettuce depending on the crunch you want.
  • Carrots or garlic.
  • Sprinkle with more cumin, paprika, or cayenne pepper.

*There is a big difference between homemade and store bought hummus.  For two full years we consumed only the homemade stuff and it was delicious. We had our own blend of spices that really flavored the chick-peas and tahini nicely. We also roasted our own garlic and stirred it in – this was all damn good.  But it took time. I never made the stuff as frequently as we ate it and there were a few times when we wanted some but the fickle tahini soured on us.  Now we just buy it and it’s one of the few things we still buy pre-made. If you have the time and interest though – as we once had when we prioritized these things – it’s one of the best things you can make yourself.

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