As a naturopath, one of my personal missions is finding delicious ways to add extra veggies into peoples lifestyle. Statistics have shown that the Standard Australian Diet (also known as the SAD diet) is generally low in fresh produce with the majority of Australians not reaching the Daily Recommended Intake levels – you can see why its one of my personal missions!
So we know we need more veggies, but how do we achieve it? It’s one thing to have a stir fry, salad or an extra serve of broccoli on a plate, it’s another to have fun with veggies – add them into a dip, sauce or side. Feeding kids? No problem, here is a monster smash! Feeding adults? no problem, show off your fancy cooking skills and wow your next grazing plater.
This recipe took a grand total of 5 minutes to make, most of which was spent peeling my tiny garlic cloves. You can make a big batch, keep it in an airtight glass container or jar and add to lunches, breakfasts or use as a snack.
Chickpeas are a delicious source of plant protein, with 6.3g of protein and 5.7g of fiber / 100g, which helps to keep you full and support your microbiome with each bite.
Green peas hold around 6.8g of protein and a similar 5.6g of fiber / 100g. Yep, there is a lot of fiber in this recipe!
Garlic in its raw state supports our immune health. The crushing motion of the food processor mimics that of our teeth and activates the allicin within the garlic. Hiding the fresh garlic into the hummus makes it easier to eat while bringing a nice heat to the pea hummus.
This Recipe is Gluten free, Grain free, Dairy free, Vegan, Refined Sugar free
I N G R E D I E N T S
1 can organic chickpeas
400g organic frozen green peas
3 tablespoons cold pressed olive oil
Small handful of basil leaves (around 1/4 cup)
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
3 garlic cloves (or as many as your heart desires)
Salt and pepper to season
M E T H O D
- Thaw your green peas, or if using fresh remove from shells.
- Add all ingredients into food processor or blender. note: a blender will make the dip smoother in texture but harder to scrape out.
- Process until smooth, tasting along the way and adding more salt or oil as needed.
- Remove from food processor and store in the fridge until needed.
Ways to enjoy Garlicky Pea Hummus:
+ Spread over buckwheat cracker, top with sheep feta and alfalfa sprouts
+ Add to the side of a salad
+ Add to poached organic chicken and veggies
+ Place onto bread of choice and top with a poached egg
+ Chop veggies into sticks and dig into the monster mash