January 13, 2013

Sweet Potato Hummus



Before we get to this Sweet Potato Hummus (mmmm hmmmm, you read that right .... Sweet Potato Hummus), I have a funny story from my classroom to share.  One of my little 1st graders absolutely cracked me up this week with what he said ...

A little background.

Some six- and seven-year-olds, as I'm sure you can imagine, have just a tad of a difficult time being still in their seats and staying focused on their work.  Well, this one particular student I have has an extremely difficult time with these two things.  He squirms so much that it's a normal occurrence for him to be almost lying across his neighbor's desk, or to fall out of his chair on a daily basis.

To help with this wiggle-wormy-ness, I strategically have him placed where no one sits behind him ... so his squirming will impact the fewest others ... and so when he stands up at his desk while doing his work (which is also a frequent occurrence), he won't block the view of other students.  As I'm sure you're not surprised to hear, he is also strategically placed on a corner, right in front of my instructional assistant's desk ... who just so happens to have a plant on her desk.

'Nuff background.

So, the other day, said student was having an extra extremely difficult time sitting still and getting anything done with his work.  Not only was he not getting done what he needed to get done, he was keeping his deskmates from getting their work done, too.  And they were working on an assessment that I had to have from each of them as input for their report cards.

I had no choice.

I had to whip out 'the island' move ... a move I really try hard not to do.  You all know it, right?  You've heard your children's teachers say it at some point, right? ... moving a student's desk to be all by itself ... a.k.a. --- 'the island.'

I know this move has a negative connotation.  But let me go on the record for teachers everywhere ... 'the island' is not necessarily a punishment!  Sure ... sometimes it is.  But many times ... and in my classroom, most times ... it's truly a move that's in the best interest of the student (or students) involved.  To help them.  To get work done.  To save sanity.

So, I proceeded to move the student's desk over to the end of my instructional assistant's desk where he would have a less-distracting 'environment' in which to work.  Full-well expecting him to react in a less-than-positive way, I gently explained why said student's desk was being moved and mentally braced myself for the reaction ...

And here's where I got my great laugh.

His reaction?  In a very exuberantly happy tone, he enthusiastically exclaimed ... "Yay!!!  Now I get to talk to the plant!!"

Oy.

After about an hour, I did finally get him to finish the paper he was working on.


Now, let's talk Sweet Potato Hummus.

When I came across this recipe, I was totally intrigued.  I love sweet potatoes.  I love hummus.  But in no way, shape, or form had it ever crossed my mind to join them together.

I had to give it a try.

Turns out, the person who dreamed this up is a genius!

It's made with the traditional hummus ingredients of chickpeas and tahini, to which sweet potato pulp is added.  The sweet potato flavor is definitely there, but since it's combined with the chickpeas and tahini, it's not like sitting down to a big ol' scoop of mashed sweet potatoes, which was kinda my fear.  It's hummus with the sweetness of sweet potatoes.  It's also got a hefty amount of fresh lemon juice, which leads to the lemon flavor being pretty prominent.  I found it really nice, but if you're inclined to find lemon an overpowering flavor, dial back a bit on the amount of lemon juice.

This was one of those recipes I figured was either going to be really good or terrible ... with no middle ground.  I'm glad to say, I thought it was really good!


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Sweet Potato Hummus
Source:  Adapted from Power Foods from the Editors of Whole Living Magazine
Ingredients
  • 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes
  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice (approximately 1 or 2 lemons)
  • 1/4 c. tahini
  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 c. water
Directions
  1. Cook the sweet potatoes - Peel sweet potatoes and cut into 1-inch pieces; place in a steamer basket over a pot of boiling water. Reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook until sweet potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Or, wrap each unpeeled potato in a paper towel and microwave on 'high' until tender, about 5 to 12 minutes (depending on your microwave). Let cool for a few minutes; slice down the middle and scoop out pulp.
  2. Place sweet potato in a food processor. Add the chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, olive oil, cumin, garlic, and 1/4 cup of the water. Process until smooth, approximately 1 minute. Add remaining water, if needed, and continue processing to achieve desired consistency.
  3. Add salt and pepper; stir to combine.
  4. Let cool. Garnish with a sprinkling of paprika before serving, if desired. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Enjoy!


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    1. If don't have a food processor u can do what I did and get the same awesome flavor! Buy plain prepackaged hummus and canned yams, mash the yams with a fork and stir in store bought hummus! I then added all the other seasonings except tahini.....ive made this from scratch version and this quicker version tasted exactly the same!

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  2. I have to make this, looks so good!

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  3. This is being pinned. I can't wait to try it. I've never thought of sweetpotato humus YUM.

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    1. Thanks so much for the pin! I'd never thought of it either, but I'm so glad SOMEbody did!

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  4. This is delicious! We're always looking for new yummy recipes to post on our fb page using the products we produce. In this case, Garbanzo beans! Would you be so kind as to post this recipe with the picture on our page? We (and our followers) would love it!! Thanks!
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    1. Thank you so much for the invite. I just popped on over to your fan page and shared it with you. Also 'liked' your page ... can't wait to see what other yummies you all come up with.

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  5. Love that story! I am hoping to be a teacher and its times like these where I don't know how you keep a straight face! And the recipe....definitely pinning! It looks awesome!

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  6. Cute story! My son is a very active 6 year old so I can totally relate.

    Interest recipe and nice pix!

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  7. Hi Tracey,
    We love Sweet Potatoes and Hummus so this will be a real winner with us. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  8. Hummus is a favorite treat at our house - I have used pumpkin before but never sweet potatoes - will give it a try!
    I just started a new Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party on my blog this week - would love to have you stop by and share! http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/finding-the-pretty-delicious-linky-party/

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  9. This such a creative hummus variation. My mother in-law's favorite food is the sweet potato; I'm gonna have to make this for her when she comes to visit!

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  10. Loved the story. There are so many squirmers in my daughter's K class. Drives me crazy when I go in to volunteer! You must have a lot of patience. Anyway I love the addition of sweet potato. I am such a huge sweet potato fan. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

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  11. I would love to try this. I am eating down my pantry & have some canned sweet potatoes to use up. About how much canned sweet potatoes would I use to replace the 2 fresh potatoes? Thank you! :)

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  12. I know that story all too well, it was my first son, the falling off the chair is Sensory Processing Disorder, they do not have a grasp on how there body relates to space so they bump into things, don't "hit the mark" or just fall off the seat. One of the best things you could do for him is let him sit on an exercise ball at his desk or get him a inflatable exercise disk to sit on. It helps get the wiggles out. Maybe them you could serve him some of your yummy hummus!

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