Here it is! The red lentil hummus recipe I’ve been raving about.
The dip is VERY EASY to make, though, so I’ll explain it again here: to make lentil dip, you simply cover 1 c. of lentils in 1″ of water in a pot on your stove and boil/simmer until lentils have soaked up all/most of the water. Then, you add a bunch of random spices and mash the lentils with a fork. Voila – dip.
Those lentils were okay, but they weren’t GREAT.
Hence the urgency to turn them into hummus!
For my red lentil hummus, you will need:
- 1 cup of red lentils
- whichever spices you like (I added onion powder, chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, etc.)
- extra virgin olive oil
- the juice from one lemon
- chili powder
- crushed red pepper flakes
For the wrap, you will need:
- one whole grain tortilla
- 1 c. spinach and cherry tomatoes
- 1/3 c. avocado
- sesame seeds
This is how I made my Red Lentil Hummus:
To my red lentil “dip” (which was essentially cooked and spiced lentils), I added the juice of one lemon and about 1/8 c. of olive oil.
I then retrieved my handheld immersion blender from the kitchen drawer. This is one of THE most convenient kitchen tools I own. When I don’t feel like hauling my food processor out of the cupboard and then CLEANING that food processor, I whip my immersion blender out and blend whatever I need right in its container. It works really well. This particular model was given to me by my mother, but you can buy immersion blenders anywhere.
Here are my resulting creamed-up lentils:
To these lentils, I added a little more chili powder because there’s no such thing as too much of that, and I also added crushed red pepper flakes. LOVE spicy food.
Since I wasn’t sure if that would be hot enough, I then added a big fat drizzle of SRIRACHA.
I blended that for a few minutes until it was incredibly creamy. Then, I tasted it and nearly fell over in my kitchen.
It’s THAT GOOD.
I’m telling you – MAKE this.
To assemble my Red Lentil Hummus Wrap, I did this:
I measured a heaping 1/2 c. of the hummus and plopped it onto a whole wheat wrap. I buy these whole grain wraps from Sam’s Club.
I licked the inside of the measuring cup after I dumped the hummus onto the wrap.
It’s that good.
I call 1/2 c. of this hummus 1 red for the vegan Fix because lentils fill less space once blended. So there very well could be 3/4 c. of lentils in 1/2 cup of this hummus. See what I mean?
After you plop hummus down, then add some greens. I chose spinach.
Toss any other veggie you enjoy on top of the greens (mushrooms, banana peppers, pickles, whatever!). I chose cherry tomatoes. I also added avocado and sprinkled some sesame seeds on top.
And voila – Red Lentil Hummus Wrap!
It’s even more delicious than it is beautiful.
On the vegan 21 Day Fix, this wrap counts as 1 red (lentils), 1 green (spinach and tomatoes), 1 yellow B (wrap), 1 blue (avocado), part of an orange (if you add sesame seeds), and, if you’re being strict, a teaspoon of oil.
So, what’s the big deal with lentils?
What ARE lentils?
Lentils are legumes.
Legumes are a “dry fruit contained in a shell or a pod.” Think: beans, peanuts, chickpeas, lentils.
Lentils are considered a “superfood” because lentils are packed with protein and fiber.
Lentils rule the world.
Not the paleo world, though, I am finding out.
I am finding this out because…
SPOILER ALERT: the next healthy eating lifestyle I’m going to explore on my blog after my vegan 21 Day Fix is over is…
the PALEO DIET.
I’ve received a surprising amount of excited feedback from people on Snapchat (perksofinterest) and Facebook and in person when I tell them about my interest in exploring the paleo diet. Apparently, lots of people are interested in eating paleo!
So, AFTER my vegan round of the Fix is over, paleo will take the floor.
The inspiration behind my upcoming paleo exploratory phase?
Aunt bought and sent me a copy of Kresser’s Your Personal Paleo Code. Because she’s eating paleo and seeing unbelievable results. Like, life-changing results.
She bought the book for me (DESPITE my telling her repeatedly that I could buy it for myself) while I was doing my Extreme Georgia Diet. I think she was a little scared for my health during that 2-week phase. Everyone was.
Aunt swears up and down that the paleo diet is the way to go – the SOLUTION to my dieting woes.
I can’t wait to find out if she’s right!
You and I will both have to wait, though, since I’m only halfway finished with my vegan Fix.
Speaking of, make sure you’re subscribed to receive the next vegan 21 Day Fix post (this Saturday!), because I took body progress pictures this morning (today = day 11), and I’ll be sending those pictures to your inbox on Saturday morning!!
OH – and PLEASE tell me what you think of this hummus if you give it a whirl!
And do share your secret hummus tricks in the comments.