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Cut Calories with Hummus by Abbey’s Kitchen

Hummus isn't just for dipping pita bread into anymore people. You've got to start thinking bigger. Hummus is full of nutrients and can be used in place of many different ingredients in recipes to lower not only the calorie count but the fat content as well.

Pasta with Hummus
Her first hummus swap is a snap. Swap hummus for Alfredo sauce in your next pasta dish and cut a whopping 22 grams of fat out. Skip out on that high fat butter and flour and simply mix 2 cups of hummus, a half a cup of starchy cooking liquid and vegetables of your choice.

Mashed Potatoes with Hummus
Hummus hack two is dead simple. Instead of loading your mash potatoes down with butter, cream, or even cheese, use hummus instead. That one single swap of ingredients will cut 80 calories out of your mash potatoes. Mash 1 1/2 pounds of cooked potatoes with 2 heaping tablespoons of hummus and a 1/4 cup of low sodium chicken stock. By mixing all of this together you will be adding a rich garlic flavor to your mash potatoes and give them a smooth creamy consistency.

Mushroom Soup with Hummus
Hummus hack 3 takes mushroom soup to a whole new level. Cut 9 grams of fat right out of your soup by using hummus. Cook 1 1/2 lbs. of mushrooms, add them to your blender or food puree device along with 6 cups of low sodium broth, then puree with 3/4 cup of hummus until smooth. You have now created a delicious, low fat cream of mushroom soup, without having to deal with all the fat that normally accompanies it.

Deviled Eggs with Hummus
The next hummus hack may take some of you by surprise, but when you give it some thought it makes perfect sense. The tried and true recipe for deviled eggs has always called for mayonnaise. Abbey says swap out hummus for that mayonnaise and shave off a staggering 6 grams of fat per egg. Blend your 6 egg yokes with 2 tbsp. of creamy hummus, and 2 tbsp of non-fat plain Greek yogurt, mix well and add to to your cooked egg whites. Your deviled eggs will take on a whole new level of flavor.

Scramble Eggs with Hummus
The last hummus swap is generally reserved for breakfast. Instead of putting cheese in your scrambled eggs, use hummus and cut 80 calories off the dish. Beat a tbsp. of hummus into your eggs before cooking, then cook them just like you would normally and you'll be finding out what hummus can do for you your food in no time at all.

Abbey prefers the brand Sabra for her hummus based recipes because it's flavorful and loaded with natural ingredients but feel free to use the hummus of your choice.

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Abbey's Bio

Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietician (RD), an avid food writer and blogger, a TV and radio personality, a food brand ambassador, a passionate home cook, a food event hostess, and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc. She has a BASc. in Nutrition and Food, Dieticians of Canada accreditation, and culinary training from George Brown College and private instructors. Abbey’s core philosophy is that a pleasurable relationship with food, your body and your self is the fundamental secret to good health.