|I was looking through my newest cookbook purchase, and this Sweet Potato Hummus called my name!|
I didn't have any special reason for making this Sweet Potato Hummus, other than the fact that it caught my eye in the latest cookbook from Costco that I was simply unable to resist, despite the fact that I already have far too many cookbooks. (Do you have those moments too?) The cookbook is called Power Foods, and it's a collection of recipes using 38 healthy ingredients, with information about each ingredient and creative and interesting recipes. I love hummus and I love sweet potatoes, so I figured this would be a winner (and it was!)
I've made many different kinds of hummus, and I don't think I've found one I didn't like. However if you're like some people I could name who don't especially like hummus and really don't like sweet potatoes, then this hummus recipe is not going to be for you. There's a healthy dose of sweet potato flavor, with garlic and tahini undertones and just a hint of lemon. I ate this with whole wheat pita triangles the day I made it, but it was good with celery and sugar snap peas to scoop up the hummus as well.
The recipe called for steaming the sweet potatoes, but my mind immediately said "microwave" and that method worked well. I cut them in fairly small pieces so they'd cook quickly.
I used this great microwave cover I got from my friend Margarethe, but if you don't have something like this, I'd cover the bowl with cling wrap, venting it a little.
Cook sweet potatoes until they're soft, 10-12 minutes (more or less, depending on your microwave.) I put the bright blue hot pads to remind you that the bowl will be HOT when you take it out.
Put the cooked sweet potato, drained garbanzo beans, lemon juice, tahini, olive oil, cumin, garlic, and a bit of salt and pepper into the food processor.
Process until the hummus is quite smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl a few times. Serve at room temperature or chilled, with pita triangles, veggie dippers, or whole grain chips.
(Makes about 4 cups hummus, recipe from Power Foods, with the addition of olive oil drizzle and sumac from Kalyn.)
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (about 1 lb. sweet potatoes, in U. S. stores orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are often called yams or sweet yams)
1 can garbanzo beans (15.5 oz), rinsed until no foam appears and then drained well
1/4 C fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 C tahini sauce
2 T extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling on top of hummus
2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
water for thinning, 2-4 T
1/2 tsp. paprika or Sumac for garnish (optional)
Peel sweet potatoes and cut into small cubes. Place in microwave-safe bowl, cover with vented lid or cling wrap, and microwave on high until sweet potatoes are soft. (About 10-12 minutes for me, but microwave power can vary, so check a few times, being careful not to burn yourself.)
While sweet potatoes cook, drain garbanzo beans into a colander placed in the sink and rinse with cold water until no more foam appears. Let garbanzos drain.
Put cooked sweet potatoes, garbanzo beans, lemon juice, tahini, 2 T olive oil, ground cumin, garlic, salt, and pepper into food processor bowl, with processor fitted with steel blade. Process until the mixture is fairly smooth, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of bowl a few times. If the mixture seems too thick, thin with a few tablespoons of water until it is the consistency you want. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and/or pepper if desired.
Serve at room temperature or chilled , with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of paprika or Sumac if you wish. This would be good with whole wheat pita triangles, veggie dippers, or whole grain chips. Hummus will keep in the fridge for at least a week.
South Beach Suggestions:
The addition of sweet potatoes to this hummus makes it limited to phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet. If you're eating it with pita triangles or whole grain chips, I'd use portion control for phase 2. (You could eat a larger amount if you're using veggie dippers.)
More Tasty Hummus Variations to Try:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Green Garbanzo Hummus with Sweet Mini-Pepper Dippers from Kalyn's Kitchen
Black-Eyed Pea Hummus with Olive Oil and Sumac from Kalyn's Kitchen
Slow Roasted Tomato Hummus from Kalyn's Kitchen
Parsley Hummus with Whole Wheat Pita Chips from Kalyn's Kitchen
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus from Pinch My Salt
Beet Hummus from Simply Recipes
Hummus with Caramelized Onions from [No Recipes]
Raw Cashew Hummus from Gluten Free Goddess
Light Zucchini Hummus from Wasabimon
Horseradish Hummus from 28 Cooks
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)