Experience The Taste Of Kentucky In These 3 Bourbon Cocktails

Written by Fancy Foods on October 19, 2018. Posted in Uncategorized

Kentucky is known for a great many things — corn, horse racing, and bluegrass chief among them — but our personal favorite is a liquor that’ll be your best friend one day and your worst enemy the next: bourbon. The Bluegrass State is responsible for around 95% of the world’s supply, and it shows when you consider the number of cocktails (made with that sweet, sharp bourbon, of course) that carry its name. The next time you’re in a bourbon bar or cocktail bar — which should be tonight, by the way — make sure you try out one (or all, we won’t tell) of these three certified Kentucky bourbon cocktails.

  1. Mint Julep: Ahh, the signature cocktail of the Kentucky Derby! Mint juleps are known for their ability to soothe the bite of bourbon with the refreshing taste of mint, creating a perfect balance between too much and not enough.Ingredients:
    • 2 oz bourbon whiskey
    • 2 tsp water
    • 1 tsp powdered sugar
    • 4 mint leaves

    Using a highball glass, muddle the mint, sugar, and water. Fill the glass with ice, add the bourbon, and stir until the glass is frosted. Garnish with a mint sprig if you’re feeling fancy, and enjoy.

 

  1. Kentucky Mule: A Kentucky twist on a classic, this drink prefers bourbon to vodka — just like us.Ingredients:
    • 2 oz bourbon
    • .5 oz fresh lime juice
    • Ginger Beer
    • Mint sprigs
    • Glass: copper mug or highball

    Add the bourbon and lime juice to the glass of your choice. Fill it with ice and top with ginger beer, then garnish with the mint sprigs.

 

  1. Midnight Cowboy: This rich and creamy cocktail adds a little extra liquor and a lot more cream. We recommend waiting until after the race to enjoy this drink.Ingredients:
    • 2 oz bourbon
    • 2 oz dark rum
    • 1 oz heavy cream

    Shake the bourbon, rum, and heavy cream in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain the contents into a chilled cocktail glass, and serve. Drinking has never been easier!

These three incredibly simple mixed drinks hardly even merit a trip to your nearest cocktail bar — at less than four ingredients each, you’d be hard-pressed to argue about the cost of running to your local liquor store and just stocking up on everything you need. However, you’ll be missing out on the nightlife and expertly made craft cocktails if you decide to stay in; indulge a little, and explore a whiskey bar near you!

Forget What You’ve Heard: 3 Reasons Peanuts Really Are Good For You

Written by Fancy Foods on May 22, 2018. Posted in Uncategorized

As far back as ancient times, there has been speculation about the healthiness of food. Although we have the science to determine the nutrition facts of many foods today, there are still many foods that are controversial within the healthiness spectrum.

For example, eggs are on a roller coaster of health, so to speak. One day, medical and nutrition experts tell us to have eggs for breakfast every day. The next day, they tell us to limit our intake of eggs as if our lives depended on it.

Peanuts are on a very similar ride. Some people strongly believe that you should limit your peanut snacks. But are peanuts bad for you? We’re here to tell you that there are many benefits of eating peanuts.

GMO
Many “healthy” foods are being modified by food scientists for several reasons. Improving the food’s taste or increasing the shelf life are just a few. This is not the case with peanuts! The food market today contains no GMO peanuts. In fact, compared to its ancestors, peanuts today are 99.9% identical.

Cholesterol
Everyone knows that having too much cholesterol in your diet is not good for your health. The good news is that the peanut cholesterol percentage is 0%! With the peanut cholesterol percentage being so low, why wouldn’t you eat them? Another concern linked to cholesterol is that the fats in many foods lead to higher amounts of cholesterol in the body. Peanuts do contain fats. However, they are the good fats!

According to Live Strong, “peanuts are composed of monounsaturated fats, the type of fat that lowers LDL, or the ‘bad’ cholesterol. According to one study performed by the US Food and Drug Administration, one to two ounces of peanuts eaten five or more times per week can help lower your risk for heart disease by over 25%.”

Nutritional Benefits
Because peanuts are a member of the legume family, they add many nutritional benefits to one’s diet. According to Live Strong, they provide protein, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and fiber, which is also known to reduce the bad cholesterol levels within your body.

Sometimes peanuts get a bad reputation, but these peanut facts show us that they are actually quite beneficial. The peanut cholesterol percentage is 0%, they actually help decrease cholesterol in the body, and they add tons of nutritional value to your body. Adding peanuts to your diet may just help you reach your daily intake of many of your vitamins, help you live longer, and provide an awesome tasting, healthy snack!

Nut Allergies 101: What Are the Symptoms of a Nut Allergy?

Written by Fancy Foods on May 10, 2018. Posted in Uncategorized

Peanuts and other nuts are among some of the most popular snacks in the world (and, yes, we know that peanuts are technically considered to be legumes). In fact, between 2008 and 2014, Americans consumed about 120 million pounds of peanut butter each year. However, peanuts and other nuts are also some of the most common allergy-causing foods. This, sadly, means that many people don’t get to enjoy peanuts, macadamia nuts, or other nut products. If you, someone in your family, or a close friend has a nut allergy, then it’s important to understand what someone with a nut allergy experiences and how it can be managed. Because of this, this article is going to provide a brief overview of nut allergies.

So, what exactly happens with a nut allergy? When someone is allergic to nuts, their immune system overreacts to the proteins in nut products. That means every time a person with an allergy eats, or in severe cases, simply comes into contact with nut particles in the air, their immune system fights off the invading proteins. This causes an allergic reaction, which can range from mild irritation and swelling to life-threatening anaphylactic shock. Because there are so many different types of nuts, some people may be allergic to some but not others.

What are the symptoms of a nut allergy? Unfortunately, many people learn the hard way that their body cannot tolerate nuts, as opposed to discovering their allergy through an allergy test. In mild cases, an allergic reaction will cause little more than a mild rash. In cases of severe nut allergies, even indirect exposure to nuts can cause extreme difficulty breathing. If the throat swells so much that the individual can’t breath, the reaction can quickly become life threatening.

Common symptoms of an allergic reaction to nuts may include:

  • Hives
  • Tingling in the mouth
  • Congestion
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing or trouble breathing
  • Throat tightness
  • Itchy or swollen eyes
  • A drop in blood pressure

Severe cases of nut allergies may result in anaphylaxis. This reaction may begin with some of the same symptoms as a mild reaction, but then quickly worsen. If not treated quickly, anaphylaxis can become life-threatening. With anaphylaxis or other severe symptoms, a person should receive emergency medical care as soon as possible.

Fortunately, while nut allergies can be severe, they are easily managed. Food allergies are easy to manage because the easiest way to avoid an allergic reaction is to simply avoid eating the food products in the first place. And because nut and peanut allergies are so common, many food labels and restaurants warn customers when nut products may be present. As such, food labels should always be carefully read and menus examined when eating out, and it’s always important to check with the restaurant for possible peanut oil uses in cooking.

Unfortunately, there is no known peanut allergy cure (though many researchers are working on it!). So while this means those with nut allergies may not get to enjoy yummy macadamia nuts or reap the health advantages of peanut snacks, they just have to be careful about what they’re eating.

There are many benefits of eating peanuts, but those with nut allergies have to find health benefits from other foods. Nut allergies are fairly common, so it’s important to be careful about what you eat around those with severe allergies.

Looking To Get The Greatest Value From Your Peanuts? Go Raw!

Written by Fancy Foods on March 15, 2018. Posted in Uncategorized

nutrients in peanuts

The raw food movement has gained traction over the last few years among the health-conscious. After all, it makes sense that our bodies would benefit the most from eating certain foods exactly as they’re found in nature, with nothing added. But does the same concept apply to peanuts? Whether you regularly spread some peanut butter on a slice of bread — like the 94% of American households who have at least one jar of PB in their pantry — or crack open a handful of raw nuts out of the shell, you’re going to benefit from all the amazing nutrients in peanuts. But is the nutritional value of raw peanuts higher?

Ultimately, the answer is yes — but only by a bit. No matter how you eat peanuts, you’re going to be getting a high protein snack. In fact, both raw and roasted peanuts have the same amount of protein, according to the USDA. They also have the same amount of fiber and potassium! Even when they’re roasted in oil, roasted peanuts have only slightly more fat and slightly less iron and phosphorus than raw peanuts do. When you really crunch the numbers (and the peanuts), roasted peanut nutrients aren’t actually that much different from the ones found in the raw versions, as long as you opt for roasted nuts with no added salts or sugars. And according to a September 2010 study entitled “Plant Foods For Human Nutrition,” heat-treated peanuts may actually have more antioxidants!

That said, you can’t go wrong when you go for raw. Raw peanuts are chock-full of vitamins like folate (which is important for pregnant women), vitamin E, and vitamin B6, as well as minerals like zinc and magnesium. No matter how you chew it, the nutrients in peanuts — raw or dry-roasted — can’t be beat. And of course, there’s nothing better than that irresistible flavor.

While raw nuts are undoubtedly going to be the nutritional winner, they don’t actually win by a landslide. That’s because the nutritional benefits of roasted peanuts are still incredible. In the end, that’s great news: no matter what kind of peanutty snack you’re craving, you’ll still know you’re making a health-conscious decision that will keep you full and satisfied. For more information on raw peanuts nutrition, take a look at the resources below.

Can Peanuts Help To Control Or Prevent Diabetes?

Written by Fancy Foods on January 18, 2018. Posted in Uncategorized

many peanut products

There’s no doubt that the nutritional value of peanuts means that they’re an extraordinary addition to a person’s diet. They’re a high protein snack, of course, with seven grams of protein in each one-ounce serving. But did you know peanuts can even keep you from developing diabetes and help diabetics better manage their condition? Here are some surprising diabetes-related peanut benefits of which you might not have been aware:

  • Peanuts can help control blood sugar
    Those who have diabetes need to be careful about what kinds of foods they consume. Certain foods will cause blood sugar to spike, which can be dangerous for diabetics. Peanuts have a low glycemic index (which refers to how quickly blood sugar rises after eating) of 14. This means that eating peanuts has a minimal impact on blood glucose, which makes it a great option for those who need to keep this under control. Research has also found that eating many peanut products or vinegar along with a starch-rich meal improves blood sugar levels for hours after and stimulates insulin release.
  • Many peanut products can help control weight
    Many Americans are concerned about their weight, which means that peanuts and peanut products could have the power to help a lot of us. But for those with diabetes, weight management is a must. As we know, peanuts are an excellent source of protein, but they’re also a good source of fat. At first blush, that might not seem like it’d be a good idea for someone who wants to lose weight. But actually, numerous studies have found that the healthy, unsaturated fats (like the ones found in many peanut products) easily fit into weight management programs. And because peanuts keep you fuller for longer, you’ll be less likely to snack on other foods in between meals.
  • Peanuts improve heart health
    Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer for those who have diabetes. Therefore, it’s vital that diabetics follow a heart-healthy diet. Peanuts are just one of the heart-healthy foods that you can incorporate into your routine. Scientific evidence suggests that eating 1.5 ounces of nuts or legumes (like peanuts) every day as part of a diet that’s low in cholesterol and saturated fat may reduce heart disease risk. And according to several other studies, your heart will thank you when you snack on peanuts. Eating about a handful of peanuts five or more times per week can cut heart disease risk in half, while eating peanuts just twice a week can reduce heart disease fatality risk by 24%.
  • They come highly recommended
    Experts are in agreement: many peanut products are recommended for heart health, diabetes management, and as part of a healthy diet. They’re extremely nutritious, have a low GI, and can even allow you to eat more of the other foods you need in your diet, simply because peanuts are so delicious. The American Diabetes Association consistently mentions peanuts and peanut butter as good options for diabetes management, while the American Heart Association says that peanut butter and “many nuts and seeds” are excellent choices. In 2010, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans listed peanuts and peanut butter as part of the recommended eating patterns, which means that almost anyone can benefit from eating peanuts.
  • You may even be able to prevent diabetes with peanuts
    If you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, you may want to consider upping your peanut consumption. A major study from Harvard found that type 2 diabetes risk decreases when peanuts and peanut butter are consumed more frequently. Because peanuts are a good source of magnesium (they contain 12% of the daily value), they’re a good option if you’re trying to lower your diabetes risk. Some studies have found that low magnesium intake is linked with an increased risk of developing diabetes or a higher likelihood of having type 2 diabetes. Other studies have found a correlation between magnesium deficiency and insulin resistance in children.

It’s clear that when peanuts are consumed as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, they can help our bodies in so many ways. Want to learn more about the health benefits of peanuts? Take a look around our site for more peanut facts.

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3 Ways to Bring Fall Cooking to Your Grill

Written by Fancy Foods on November 1, 2017. Posted in Uncategorized

charcoal grillingSaying hello to the cooler weather doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your backyard grill! Even though you may think that your grill is strictly for summer use, you can actually still use it all the way throughout the winter months.

Now, just because you’re using your grill doesn’t mean you have to stick to the standard steaks and hot dogs. Even though 63% of people who use the grill to cook say they most often cook hamburgers, the grilling good times don’t have to stop there. You can still incorporate charcoal grilling into some of your favorite fall recipes. Here are a few fall-themed foods that you can whip up while charcoal grilling. Let’s take a look at some of these delicious recipes for the grill.

Pie
Did you know that you can cook pie on the grill? Yes, you read that right. Apple pie on your grill! Use a charcoal grilling thermometer to make sure that the temperature is the same as it would be if you were to use an oven. Pies with crust really tend to do better on the grill, but if you really wanted to throw a cheesecake over the coals, no one is going to stop you.

Vegetables
Nothing says fall more than roasted vegetables! It’s your key to healthy grilling. Thebest part is that roasted vegetables help keep you in check with your post-summer diet, they’re also extremely easy to clean up! By throwing the vegetables right onto the grill, you’re eliminating the use of a heavy baking dish. Not only that, but you can also make a tin foil packet, throw your vegetables and some olive oil in there, and make for even easier clean up.

Pizzas
Just like you can cook a pizza in the oven, you can also throw it right on the grill. It’s the easiest way to make many pizzas for a large crowd and a simple way to allow everyone to personalize their pie. They only take a few minutes to cook and are super easy to remove from the grill and plate. This is a major difference compared to the oven where you may struggle with getting the pizza out in one piece.

With your grill, you can cook as many fall-themed foods as you can possibly imagine. The list goes on and on. If you’re looking for additional ideas, check out one of our signature grilling classes!

Break Away From Beef: 3 Alternatives

Written by Fancy Foods on August 29, 2017. Posted in Uncategorized

bbq cooking classesThe U.S. is the fifth largest beef consumer in the world. In fact, each person consumes over 53 pounds of beef each year! It’s small wonder why, between burgers, roast beef, and steak, beef accounts for some of the most important staples in American Cuisine.

But the Cult of Cow does have its disadvantages. There are a ton of interesting different types of meat and food in general that you might miss if you spend your days bowing to all things bovine.

In this post, we’re going to point out some unique and yummy alternatives to help you break away from beef.

Lamb

If you’re looking for something unique for the grill, look no further than lamb. While some might bristle at the mere mention of lamb, this rich and savory meat is woefully underappreciated. (We serve a killer Lamb Chop, if you’re looking for a way to taste it before deciding to cook it at home.)

For your lamb, you can prepare it the same way you learned to prepare pork or beef in your BBQ cooking classes. Two pro grilling tips: Use a honey based barbecue and don’t shy away from the fat on the lamb. If grill it over a low heat, the fat will become well incorporated and delicious.

Chicken

Controversial opinion time: chicken can be as good as any steak recipes. The key is to treat chicken with the same respect as you treat your steak. If you’ve taken any grilling or BBQ cooking classes, you know how important it is to salt your steak well in advance of cooking it. The same is true for chicken — as long as you remember to do it well in advance of putting it on the grill.

That salt will help you seal in the flavor and moisture, which is the single most important thing when cooking chicken. After that, it’s a matter of applying your favorite seasoning; our favorite is a mixture of lemon zest, lemon juice, and a secret blend of herbs.

Salmon

Salmon is one of the most versatile fish widely available. From lox to Plank Grilled Bourbon Salmon, you would be amazed at the many ways salmon can be dressed up — or stripped down.

Unlike most protein, you don’t want to salt your salmon in advance. Instead, hit it with the seasoning right before you throw it on the grill. Additionally, be very careful not to overcook salmon: like a steak, it is best left a little closer to the rare side.

When it comes to BBQ and grilling, it can be easy to find yourself among the cattle chattel. Whether or not you take BBQ cooking classes, it is important to diversify your cooking arsenal. Hopefully, this blog has helped you break out of the heifer haze.

6 Components of Diesel Exhaust Fluid Pumps

Written by Fancy Foods on July 7, 2016. Posted in Uncategorized

Many people might not know the importance of pumps. They are a necessity in many industries and are even important in day to day activities. Removing liquids from drums is so much easier with pumping technology. Now we are able to pump, store, and transfer even the most dangerous of liquids.

The chemical industry benefits more from successful pumping because of the importance of what is being stored, pumped and transferred. The U.S. is the largest producer of chemical products in the world and the chemical value is approximately $770 billion. The Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that U.S. chemistry alone brings in a quarter of a billion dollars every year.

Diesel exhaust fluid pumps allow safe pumping, storage, and transfer of exhaust fluid, which is needed for many reasons.

There are six components of diesel exhaust fluid pumps:

  1. Electric Motor – These electric drum pump motors are used specifically for corrosive situations. They are able to transfer acidic liquids and alkalis. Each electric motor comes with speed control options along with multiple certifications and a thermal overload button. They also have a maximum discharge pressure of 32 PSI.
  2. Pneumatic Motor – Pneumatic motors can also be used in highly corrosive environments but were specifically engineered for use when heavily aggressive fumes are in the air. These motors are best suited to transfer combustible and flammable liquids.
  3. Flow Meter – Flow meters can be used across a wide range of applications: from stationary liquids to aggressive chemicals. They use a paddle wheel design and come in various sizes and materials. Kits for chemical drum pumps, permanent installation kits, and barb connection kits are all flow meter options.
  4. Hose – Diesel exhaust fluid pumps need high quality hoses for safe transfer. These hoses have been specifically engineered to safely and accurately transfer liquids of all kinds. The hoses are able to work in temperatures ranging from -40 degrees Fahrenheit to 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Nozzle – Along with the hoses, the nozzles for these pumps have to be top of the line as well. They have to be able to safely dispense all liquids without any spills or issues. These nozzles have an automatic shutoff switch that will happen when the tank is reaching maximum capacity.
  6. Pump Tube – The tube itself can be used on anything from small drums to large tanks. Pumping corrosive liquids without error is important for safety as well as the importance of the product. These tubes can ensure safe and accreting pumping.

Why You Should Pick a Latin Restaurant Tonight

Written by Fancy Foods on April 12, 2016. Posted in Uncategorized

latin restaurantsGoing out to eat is a fun treat that the whole family can enjoy. The problem comes when you are trying to decide where to eat. Kids loves things like fast food and chicken wings the parents might not always be up for that kind of food. Going for something like Greek food or Latin restaurants may not be the best plan if you have children. The ethnic foods should be saved for date night because of the money that gets wasted if a kid does not like or want to eat their food. However, if you do get a chance to try out some Latin restaurants, you will not be disappointed. There is some great food available at these kinds of places. Let’s look a little closer at what Latin restaurants have to offer that makes them better than other kinds of restaurants.

The Food and Drink
First of all, it’s all about what you eat. If you don’t like spicy then you can opt for a more mild meal but keep in mind there will probably be at least a slight level of heat to every kind of dish that is served. Latinos like their food hot and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t serve their own cuisine exactly as they see best. They do try to accommodate however, for the uncultured tongue. There are many corn based dishes such as tortillas, tacos, burritos, tamales and more. Guacamole, pico de gallo or chili is usually served as a dipping sauce with anything that you order. There is a Native American persuasion within Latin beverages such as mate and horchata which make them an interesting but delicious combination. The desserts are typically very sweet and include puddings and soft cakes and flan more than real bread based foods.

Entertainment
Not all restaurants will provide entertainment but many do. Mariachi bands are commonly seen at Latin restaurants as well other types of Latin singers and dancers. Latin music is fairly family friendly so you don’t have to worry about kids if you do decide to bring your brood. Even if the restaurant doesn’t have live bands or entertainment, the music that is played on the speakers will still be very upbeat and entertaining. Music such as rumba, salsa, tango and merengue are popular but Latin pop and jazz as well reggaeton can also be heard at any number of restaurants that claim to be Latin based. Latin music is very romantic and passionate even when speaking about political issues and historical messages. The words of most Latin songs are very powerful if you can understand the language.

Decoration
The way that Latin restaurants and other places are decorated is full of bold and bright colors and patterns that are very attractive to the eye. The colors of Latin American flags like greens, reds, yellows and blacks are very popular and you may see a sombrero or two hanging on the walls. Latin restaurants seem to often prefer the ‘bringing the outdoor inside’ type of feel, stringing lights around the place as well as building with brick walls or brick appearance inside. Outdoor type patio chairs and sometimes picnic tables are also used to bring in that feeling. You may notice that Latin restaurants are also fairly dark as far as lighting goes with not many white lights. Yellow lights and other colored lights are mostly used.

Pricing
Latin establishments do not charge a lot of money for their food. It consists of a lot of rice and tortillas and other inexpensive food so they are able to keep their prices reasonable. You may make up for that price if you order alcohol but if you don’t, your whole family can eat for fairly cheap even if you include appetizers and desserts.

There’s many great things about going to a Latin restaurant. It’s not just about the delicious food that they offer but the whole atmosphere and experience plays a part in your evening. You won’t regret a thing eating at a Latin establishment except that maybe you ate to much food.

Keep in mind that although the establishments are not American, you are still expected to tip generously just as you would at other restaurants.

Great Recipes with Hummus

Written by Fancy Foods on February 15, 2016. Posted in Uncategorized

Hummus is as healthy as it is delicious. Most Americans do not get the amount of vegetables and beans in their diet. More than 90% do not eat enough fruits, vegetables and beans. Most people eat about one cup of vegetables each day and less than one cup of beans a week. Adding recipes with hummus can get most people to the recommended amount of beans to keep them healthy. Just two spoonfuls of hummus dip every day can fulfill the recommended amount of beans for a week.

Helpful Recipes with Hummus:

  1. Sesame noodles: Take one quarter cup hummus and mix with a quarter cup of any kind of broth to thin the hummus. Ass two tablespoons red wine vinegar, one tablespoon sesame oil and two tablespoons soy sauce. Toss with six cups of cooked angel hair pasta. Serve with freshly chopped green onions and sesame seeds. To add more substance, add sautéed tofu, chicken and other vegetables to the sauce mixture before you toss with your cooked pasta.
  2. Chicken and Rice Casserole: Spray a cooking pan with olive oil spray. Add a layer of cooked brown or white rice. Add a layer of chopped, cooked chicken. This can be chicken breasts or thighs. Add a mixture of Greek yogurt dip and hummus. Mix in sautéed onions,diced tomatoes and cucumbers and add cover the chicken layer with a layer of this mixture. Sprinkle with olive oil and soy sauce. Broil until the food is browned to your desired level.
  3. Flatbread Pizza: Drizzle some pitas with olive oil. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and bake your pitas about five minutes or until they are crisp. Mix two tablespoons hummus dip with a half a chopped tomato and half a chopped cucumber. Add one quarter of a chopped red onion and lemon juice to taste. Spread this mixture over the crispy pitas and sprinkle with feta cheese. Pop back in the oven until the cheese is melted.
  4. Hummus Croquettes with Chickpeas: Take one can (15.5 ounces) of chickpeas, one tablespoon chopped parsley, two tablespoons hummus and two tablespoons of lemon zest. Put all of of this in a blender or food processor and mix until well blended. It should be the right consistency to form a ball. Season to taste with salt and pepper (if needed) and shape into one and half inch balls. Roll in flour (you can skip this step). Cook in a heated pan of one quarter cup olive oil (medium high heat) until browned. Serve with Greek yogurt dip or sour cream.
  5. Hamburgers with Hummus: Take one pound lean ground beef and add a half a cup of hummus. You can also add half a cup of sautéed red onion. Shape the mixture into patties and cook as you normally do.
  6. Hummus Flavored Deviled Eggs: Boil eight eggs. Take off the shells and cut them lengthwise Scoop out the yolks and mis with one quarter cup hummus dip, enough olive oil to get the right consistency and mold back into the cut egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika, cool and serve.
  7. Pasta Salad with Hummus. Cook some of your favorite pasta for salads such as rotini. Toss with hummus, olive oil, rice wine vinegar and red or freshly ground pepper. You can toss in cooked vegetables like red peppers, onions and zucchini.
  8. Mediterranean Chicken Salad: Mix hummus with Greek yogurt and lemon juice. Toss with shredded chicken, minced shallots, chopped tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese and sliced olives. To make this really festive, spoon the mixture into lettuce cups and top with parsley.

Many people love to have hummus at parties where they serve dips such as salsa or guacamole. It is a great addition to many foods and recipes with hummus do not have to be hard to make or exotic. There are many different hummus variations such as basil pesto hummus, spicy hummus and roasted garlic or red pepper hummus.

Recipes with hummus can be as varied as your imagination. The good thing about hummus is that you can use it to lower the amount of fat you eat while adding tons of flavor. Mix it with some of the sauces you already enjoy to create something new and fun for your family. Try adding hummus to some of your favorite recipes.