Za’atar Pita Chips & Beet Hummus

zaatar-1A few weekends ago I was having so much fun at my cousins wedding! Their wedding favors were a few different spices. I haven’t had za’atar in so long and was very excited to see it in the little box! Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice mix that includes oregano, sumac, cumin and sesame seeds. It is traditionally used with olive oil or hummus or used as a spice rub so I decided to put a little twist on plain old pita chips and hummus.

While traditional hummus is one of my favorite snacks, this beet hummus takes the cake for my favorite! I took a little inspiration from the beet hummus at Trader Joe’s and made my own. Beets are a great source of fiber, folate, potassium, iron and vitamin C. The bright color of beets indicates a high level of phytonutrients or more specifically betalains which are believed to have many health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure. Beets are not my favorite vegetable nor are they a close second, but the bright pink color they produce makes them the prettiest! Try this recipe with a twist a snack this week.


Za’atar Pita Chips & Beet Hummus

Ingredientspita-chips-3

  • Whole wheat pita bread (6)
  • 2 tbsp za’atar
  • 1 medium beet, roasted
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • Juice half a lemon
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut pita bread into eighths. Place wedges on a foil lined baking sheet. Drizzle wedges with 1 tbsp of olive oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle wedges with za’atar making sure each piece of pita has plenty. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown. (They can burn quickly so be mindful!) In a food processor, add the beet (can be purchased cooked), lemon zest and juice, chickpeas, tahini and salt and pepper. While food processor is blending pour in 2 tbsp of olive oil until you have reached your desired consistency. Enjoy beet hummus with your homemade pita chips!

Number of servings: 6 | Servings size: about 8 chips, 1/4 cup hummus
Calories: 381, total fat: 12 g, total carbohydrates: 59 g, dietary fiber: 11 g, sugars: 5 g, protein: 14 g

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What is your favorite type of hummus? Tell me below!

Raquel

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