Pumpkin Hummus

standard October 31, 2010 1 response


Sometimes I wonder why I spend my entire weekends in the kitchen. Yes, I LOVE baking and cooking and experimenting – I could spend every day in the kitchen and be perfectly content. But weekends get stressful when there are things to do besides food! Weekends like this one … planning ahead for the week almost didn’t happen. But the reward of having everything ready is no stress during the week. At least in theory. This week, I planned out breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks for both the husband and myself. This meant two completely separate menus since we eat completely different things. I make it less stressful by using only one cookbook and using lists for each menu and my grocery list. Having a plan is really helpful for both the grocery list and shopping and for calorie control – we graze less when we are prepared!

So what’s on the menu for this week?

  • experimenting with “loaded oats” for breakfast – adding rice protein powder to my regular oatmeal for the extra protein boost
  • making my own pancake mix so we can whip up single servings instead of large batches in the morning
  • healthy cookies for the inevitable sweet tooth
  • soup! miso soup and chicken chili go a long way for lunch
  • quick grain and veggie dinners since this week is just as hectic as last
  • reinventing the standard hummus recipe


Pumpkin Hummus

Yield: Makes 2 1/2 cups

Calories per serving: 55 kcal per 1/4 cup


  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 T water
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/2 c pumpkin puree
  • 1 T tahini
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp sage
  • salt and pepper


  1. Combine chickpeas, water, and olive oil in a food processor.
  2. Add pumpkin butter, tahini, garlic and sage and mix until smooth. 
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Enjoy with pita chips and zucchini slices.


Per serving (1/4 c): 56 calories, 7 g carbohydrate, 3 g fat, 2 g protein, 201 mg sodium, 1 g sugar


1 response

  • I love it! That sounds crazy, but planning meals out is super helpful. Love your blog!

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