With the return of football season is the return of frequent visitors to our household. We've been busy hosting the past several weeks, and despite the stress of keeping things clean and spiffy, I absolutely love the company. I think that a major perk of living in your alma mater's town is that friends will inevitably return to visit, and one of the major perks of having a mom that's a Hokie alumni is that the parents too will inevitably visit. I always welcome company as it provides a little extra motivation to cook up some delicious eats!
Food is nourishing to the body in ways more than just providing calories and nutrients: it serves vital social and emotional needs as well. I enjoy eating foods closer to their original source (minimal processing), partially due to the health benefits but also because I enjoy the story that accompanies a quality homemade dish. For the hubz and I, like many others, pizza serves as a go-to easy-to-please meal on busy nights. In the past, I have made my own dough-crust and sauce from scratch, and while that may be time consuming, the final product is certainly worth the effort!
This Roasted Vegetable + Hummus Naan Pizza simplifies much of the labor involved with the completely-from-scratch cooking without compromising taste or nutrition, which is why it makes for a perfect dish on busy football weekends, whether you're tailgating, watching the game from home, hosting a party, etc. I've been a fan of Naan flatbreads for a while as I find they serve well a hearty, filling and fiber-rich pizza crust without the mess of flour going everywhere (because trust me, it does when I cook!) For the sauce, instead of traditional tomato sauce I've substituted Sabra roasted red pepper hummus for an extra boost of fiber, protein and nutrients.
Two heaping spoonfuls of Sabra hummus a day is an easy, flavorful and healthy way to eat more beans.
Hummus, with it's unique blend of chickpeas, tahini, oil, garlic and spices, makes for a healthy addition to any meal or snack. Dietary guidelines recommend Americans consume about 1.5 cups on average of beans per week for optimal health and prevention of chronic disease. LOVE hummus but maybe not so much beans? Rest easy: two heaping spoonfuls of hummus happens to contain about 1/4 c. of beans, so working in two spoonfuls per day is an easy and delicious way to meet the dietary guidelines for consumption of beans and legumes. Three cheers to that! I personally love the simplicity of fresh cut veggies dipped in hummus, but have been trying to get creative in using it in other ways... like on a pizza :)
Want to learn more about the health benefits of hummus, or how you can incorporate more of it into your daily eating regime? Head on over to the Sabra website to view this awesome nutritional guide they've put together for consumers!
Disclaimer: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra Dipping Co. LLC, and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. All thoughts are my own.
Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and triathlete residing in southwest Virginia with her husband and dogs. Follow along as she shares favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
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