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It’s not a big secret that I’m not a great cook. My husband cooks the majority of meals in our home, and I definitely don’t do anything from scratch. But on the weekends, I try to pitch in and lighten his load, which is why Sundays are one of my favorite days of the week. It’s leftover day at Home on Deranged. Whatever is still in the refrigerator come Sunday around 11:30 a.m. is fair game for lunch and dinner. Recently, we added a little spice to our life with Bush’s Beans new Hummus Made Easy packs, and to our delight, it really hit the spot.
Now, I’m not going to throw a really intricate recipe at you, since you would all just laugh and laugh. And then ponder if I just hired someone in to do it. Nope, I’m going to tell you what we did to add some variety to our little life, and I’ll even tell you a few more ways I used the hummus, because, well, there’s more in that little packet than you realize.
Easy Peasy Lunch
Since Sunday is pretty much the only day of the week I get to catch up on cleaning and laundry, we’re usually all over the house, trying to get as much done in 10 hours as possible. Which means that meal breaks are often lunch meat, fruit and a tortilla. This Sunday wasn’t much different, with leftover chicken for the meat. Suddenly, a whole lot of things sounded really good.
Introducing…chicken hummus quesadillas!!! We gathered up our blender to process the beans and hummus mix, and the quesadilla maker to do the rest. Yes, it really was that simple.
When Bush’s Beans decided to call their mix packs “Hummus Made Easy,” they weren’t kidding. I grabbed the Southwest Black Bean pack and a can of Bush’s black beans, combined them in the blender and about 2 minutes later, we had a deliciously smooth and tasty treat. Now, here’s where you know I’m nuts: the only chips we had in the house were Cheetos, but I was not going to be deterred.
Guess what? It’s terrifically delicious! I’m guessing that tortilla chips and/or pita chips would be even better, what with more room for the hummus and all.
- chopped up the chicken
- put chicken and cheese on one tortilla
- put hummus on a different tortilla
- put the tortillas together, placed in quesadilla maker and waited about 2-3 minutes.
- Eat! If you don’t have a quesadilla maker, you can also warm it in a skillet, or in a microwave.
Yep, it’s that easy. It was less than 30 minutes to get all the ingredients together and get it to the plate. I used the remaining hummus as a dip for my carrots and chips, while Thomas took the quesadilla pieces for a dip. Seriously did not want to stop eating it.
Other Leftover Livening Ideas
Since we’re not big on elaborate meals, I’ve learned some other ways to use hummus to liven up our leftovers:
- Use on sandwiches instead of mayonnaise or mustard. There’s a flavor to fit your preference, with Classic, Roasted Red Pepper and of course, Southwest Black Bean.
- When making tortilla wraps or rollups, use it instead of ranch or honey mustard. You can spread it directly onto the tortilla or even warm it up just a little and use it like you would sour cream in the middle.
- You can use it for tostadas, tacos, enchiladas, nachos…did I mention I like Mexican food? But it can be added to baked potatoes, used as a sauce on your leftover chicken or hamburger, or for a quick appetizer for guests.
- Use it for an easy indoor (or outdoor) picnic: make all 3 varieties, then get vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, whatever your family likes, and let them create their own meal. The cooking part is just the time you spend with the blender, but everyone will be full when you’re done.
More Exotic Hummus Ideas
There are plenty of clever people with much better recipe ideas than mine, and you can check some out at Hummus Made Easy page, with everything from appetizers to soups, salads, sandwiches, steaks and more. Additionally, there’s quite a few bloggers who have invented some delicious creations, so check out some of these:
- Chicken and Hummus Nachos
- Southwest Black Bean Hummus Brownie Snack Bars
- Roasted Red Pepper Falafel
- Four Best Appetizers
- Roasted Red Pepper Smoked Turkey Wraps
- Sweet and Spicy Hummus Muffins
- 3 Easy Healthy Toddler Meals
Since I’ve already shared this idea on social media, I’ve been asked: where did you get it? Walmart, of course. At our particular store, all the Bush’s Beans are in the same spot, and they neatly tucked the “pour, pouch, pulse” packs in between the Garbanzo Beans and Black Beans. Did you know you can get them in reduced fat and/or low sodium versions? Now you do.
Grab some packs and liven up your leftovers this week. Trust me, the 5 minutes will totally be worth it.
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