Edamame hummus

Hummus will forever remind me of my second pregnancy. I feasted on the stuff daily. I would sit in my little bedrest spot on the couch and eat half of a container of the Sabre roasted pine nut variety, scooping it out with pieces of flatbread. Of course, I could have eaten a lot of things during that time. Ok, I did eat a lot of things during that time.

Having recently been given a food processor as a gift (thank you, Husband!), I am on a mission to create some delicious hummus concoctions of my own. First I want to attempt a few tried and true recipes to get a feel for what ingredients I enjoy the most. I grabbed this recipe out of a holiday cooking magazine and made a few alterations. I love hummus and I love edamame, so I was eager to see how it turned out.

I loved it! My husband loved it! My three-year-old wouldn't try it because it was green. He prefers the non-green variety.

Thinly slice 2 green onions, keeping green parts separate from white parts. Set aside.

Gather the following ingredients:

1/2 cup fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley sprigs

1/2 cup water

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 Tbsp chopped fresh lemongrass or 1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

1 Tbsp canola oil

3 cloves garlic, quartered

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger or 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Cook the contents of a 10-oz. package of frozen shelled sweet soybeans (edamame) according to the package directions, except omit the salt.

Drain the edamame and rinse with cold water. Reserve a few edamame for garnish.

In a food processor, combine white parts of green onions, the remaining cooked edamame, parsley, water, lemon juice, lemongrass, oil, garlic, ginger and salt.

Cover and process until nearly smooth. Stir in green onion parts.

Transfer mixture to a serving bowl. Garnish with reserved edamame and red pepper.

I found that this was most delicious with vegetable dippers such as radishes, red peppers, carrots and celery. Pita wedges also went great with it.

As my three-year-old says, "Yummus hummus!"

Click here for a printable recipe!