Hummus: Healthy Homemade Comfort Food

Healthy homemade hummus recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog |

While we’re still in the throes of winter, spring is just around the corner. If you’re anything like us, our minds are thinking beach, but our tummies are thinking comfort food.

For a delicious snack that’s healthy, nourishing and comforting, we turned to our friend Chef Maria Loi of New York’s Loi Estiatorio restaurant and author of The Greek Diet for her famous Hummus recipe.

Chef Maria Loi's healthy homemade hummus recipe from the book The Greek Diet (featured on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog) |

We served our hummus with fresh veggies and warm pita bread. In the spirit of the Greek Islands, we went with a color palette of blues and white for our Fiesta dishes. Lapis, Turquoise and White are as crisp and fresh as the carrots, celery and snap peas we served for dipping.

This recipe makes plenty for a party. Using our Appetizer Plates, Square Handled Serving Tray and 2pc Dip and Spreader Set, it’s simple to serve a group.

A healthy homemade hummus recipe, featured on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog |

If you’ve never made your own hummus, it’s nothing like the kind you buy in the grocery store. It’s so simple to make.

In this recipe, while you’re welcome to use canned chickpeas, we encourage you to try using dried chickpeas instead. Served slightly warm along with fresh warm pita bread — you’re in for a treat!

Maria's Hummus
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  1. 1 red bell pepper
  2. 2 cups dried chickpeas or one 16-ounce can chickpeas
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda (if using dried chickpeas)
  4. 1 medium onion, quartered
  5. 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  6. 1/4 cup tahini
  7. 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  8. Red pepper flakes (optional)
  9. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  10. Salt
  11. Warmed whole-grain pita bread and/or vegetables, for serving
  1. Roast the pepper by placing it over an open flame at medium-high heat on your stovetop. Rotate it consistently using tongs until the entire outside is charred, about 10 to 15 minutes. Place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to steam for 15 minutes. Remove the pepper from the bowl, peel the skin using your hands, remove the seeds, and chop. Set aside.
  2. If you're using canned chickpeas, skip to Step 4. If you are using dried chickpeas, place them in a medium pot. Cover the chickpeas with water, stir in the baking soda, and allow them to soak overnight.
  3. The next day, rinse and drain the soaked dried chickpeas. Heat a medium pot over medium heat until hot. Add the chickpeas, onion and enough water to cover the contents of the pot by 3 inches. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and continue to cook the chickpeas for about 45 minutes, skimming as needed to remove foam, until soft. Drain the chickpeas and reserve the onion. Allow the chickpeas to cool.
  4. If using canned chickpeas, saute the onion over medium heat until translucent, about 5 minutes. Combine the roasted pepper, garlic, and tahini in a food processor or blender. Process, scraping down the sides of the processor as necessary, until smooth. Add the chickpeas, sauteed onion (or reserved onion if using soaked chickpeas), lemon juice, and pepper flakes (if using). Process, scraping down the sides again if necessary, until smooth. With the machine running, gradually add the 1/2 cup olive oil and process until the mixture is emulsified. Add salt to taste and more pepper flakes, if desired. Spoon the hummus into a serving dish.
  5. To serve, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and pair with warm whole-grain pita brea and/or fresh vegetables, including celery, carrots, and sliced red and green peppers.
Adapted from The Greek Diet: Look and Feel Like a Greek God or Goddess and Lose Up To Ten Pounds in Two Weeks
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A healthy homemade hummus recipe, featured on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog |

Do you have any healthy comfort food recipes you enjoy during the winter? We love to hear what our Fiesta community has on the menu. Please share with us on social media at Facebook and Instagram.

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10 Foods for a Bright 2015 (2)


 If you are anything like us at Fiesta Dinnerware, you’re aiming to have the brightest and most colorful 2015 you possibly can. And what better place to start than the part of the home that fuels most of your days, the kitchen?

To give you the upper hand on having a great year, we’ve scoured the internet (and had a few heart-to-hearts with some of our Fiesta moms and grandmothers) to bring you the following list. Pens ready?

1. Coconut Oil. This is a superfood on all accounts (plus it has many non-food benefits as well). Use this healthy, tropical oil to replace traditional cooking bases like butter and other oils. We’ve even used the cooking wonder to pop popcorn! The smell will make you feel island happy, and it’s actually a healthier option that most other oils. More recipes with coconut oil here.

2. Ginger. Add a zing to your day with the zesty, versatile root. It’s antimicrobial, and a great way to boost your immune system and add more antioxidants to your daily grind. We prefer to add it to soups, or if you have a juicer, add it to your next orange-apple number.

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3. Flaxseeds. These seeds are small, but mighty. They are an excellent source of fiber and omega 3-fatty acids. Add about two tablespoons to your morning smoothie to stay full longer.

4. Lentils. Popular in many Mediterranean dishes, these high-protein foods are both a good source of fiber and pack-full of B vitamins. Real Simple magazine has recipes galore right this way.

5. Pumpkin Seeds. Sometimes called “pepitas,” these flavorful seeds, are full of zinc, vitamin E, antioxidants, and are a good source of magnesium, which the majority of women are deficient in. Fun fact!

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 6. Avocados. Our mouths water just thinking about the foodie possibilities. And while avocados may be fatty, that doesn’t mean they are bad for your health. In fact, this fruit is a nutritional powerhouse, providing numerous benefits. One of the best guacamole recipes comes from Food Network’s Alton Brown.

7. 2% Greek Yogurt. Okay, this is lucky number seven on the list for a reason. This food is not only incredibly beneficial to your tummy, it’s also a great replacement for less healthful ingredients like sour cream or certain dressings. We’ll let Fitness magazine show you the ropes on its many health benefits.

8. Kale. If you didn’t catch on to its superfood powers in 2014, this should be the year. After all, health benefits never go off trend.

9. Walnuts. Ever notice that this nut somewhat resembles the shape of the brain? Coincidentally, it has huge health benefits for your noggin. Get smart with these nutty recipes.

10. Almond Butter. Probably one of the best snack foods, this high-protein spread is a better option to its counterpart, peanut butter. It’s full of healthy fats and generally digests better than other nutter butters. The price tag is a tad bit higher for a reason.

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