Black Bean Hummus with Baked Cumin-Lime Chips

Our Best Bites Black Bean Hummus introNot long ago I shared some of my experience with fitness and weight-loss.  One of the reasons I finally bit the bullet and published that post after hanging onto it for a while, was that I was carrying a little secret.  When I took those after photos and wrote that post, I was a couple of months pregnant.  I figured it was then or never since I would probably just start getting bigger from that point on!  I had really great intentions going into this pregnancy.  I was sure I would be awesome and fit and amazing and continue to eat healthy foods and fuel my body the right way and everything would be magical.  And then a little someone came along and reminded me who was boss.

baby

Don’t get me wrong, it hasn’t been disastrous.  I’ve actually kept up working out and weight training and that part of me feels fantastic and strong.  Even for the first 3 months when I was completely wiped out and feeling sick, I dragged myself to the gym every single day and I’m so glad I’ve kept up those habits.  But my nutrition?  That’s another story.  You see, my babies don’t like quinoa, fresh spinach, and lean proteins (go figure).  They’re more of the peanut butter, oreos, ice cream and nutella-straight-from-the-jar types.  And since we’re being honest, we could add onions rings, bbq ribs, melted cheese, and Sour Patch Kids to that list.  And ranch dressing.  And Mexican food.  Lots and lots of Mexican food.  Soooo my latest goal has to been to get a handle back on my nutrition because I have been plumping up way too fast after a first trimester where I literally lived off a diet of straight-up carbs (preferably the fried or sugared kind.)  And since I’ve been craving Latin food like crazy, I started by coming up with some healthier snacking alternatives and this has been one of my favorites.

Our Best Bites Black Bean Hummus with Baked Cumin-Lime Chips

Start with a can of black beans (that have been drained and rinsed) and add them to a food processor.

Our Best Bites Black Beans
Then we’ll add a little tahini.  This combo might sound weird, but trust me, I’ve never led you astray before.   (And if you’re not familiar with tahini, it’s a paste that looks, and even tastes similar to peanut butter, but it’s made from sesame seeds.  You can usually find it in the foreign food aisle of the grocery store, near the Indian foods.)

Our Best Bites Tahini
Add the juice from a big juicy lime

Our Best Bites cut limes
and you’ll need a little olive oil.  I developed this recipe specifically with our Chili Olive Oil in mind- it’s perfection here, but if you don’t have any, you can certainly sub any extra virgin, or our Garlic!

Our Best Bites Chili Olive Oil
The Chili Oil adds just the right amount of flavor and heat.

Our Best Bites Chli Oil
Add some minced garlic, ground cumin, and kosher salt and blend it up.

Black Bean Hummus Pre-Blend
I recommend adding the zest from your lime, too.

lime zest
After it’s pureed (you can leave it as chunky as you like), add water, or additional lime juice, until it’s the consistency you like.  I usually ad 1-2 tablespoons, and then pop it in the fridge to let all of those flavors develop.

While your hummus is chilling, whip up the baked tortilla chips.  Brush some 6-inch flour tortillas with olive oil (I prefer garlic olive oil, like ours)

Our Best Bites Garlic Olive Oil

and sprinkle with a mixture of ground cumin and a couple pinches of salt.  I mix it up right in my palm and then sprinkle on with my fingers.

Spice Mix

Now, I’ve mentioned this in blog posts before, but it’s worth mentioning again.  This is one of my all-time favorite pantry staples.  Any regular reader of this blog knows how much we LOVE our limes and lemons.  And we’ve told you over and over again to never use the bottled stuff.  But there will always be times when you’re in a pinch and you don’t have fresh limes, which is why I always, always have this in my cupboard.  It’s called True Lime  It’s actual crystallized limes (comes in lemon, orange, and grapefruit too.)  You can buy it in these little packets, which is what you most often see in the grocery store,

True Lime

or do what I do and get a big ol’ shaker jar.  I love the convenience of just spooning in however much I need to into recipes.  You can use it in anything you would use fresh limes for.  Just last night I added it to our fresh pico de gallo, and our Fajita marinade.

True Lime Shaker
Bottled lime juice is bitter and lacks flavor, but this stuff?  It tastes just like real, fresh limes (because that’s what it is).  Every time.  I buy mine on Amazon, but you can sometimes find it near the bottled citrus juice, or in the baking aisle of the grocery store.  The reason I’m mentioning it here is because it’s one of the few occasions where it shines in its crystallized form.  Sprinkling it on tortilla chips (either homemade, like this, or warmed store-bought tortilla chips) gives them that awesome lime-dusted flavor that some restaurants and commercial brands use.  It’s kind of a secret ingredient and it’s soooo good.  You can of course skip this part of the chips and it’s fine, but if you grab some it knocks these out of the park.

Our Best Bites Sliced Tortilla
That’s not sponsored- just honestly something I love and use and I thought you’d love it too!  Now, back to cooking.  Cut up those tortillas into wedges and baked them for 10-12 minutes until they’re light and crispy.

Our Best Bites Baked Tortilla Chips
When the hummus is ready, drizzle it with some additional chili oil and sprinkle with some chopped cilantro.

Our Best Bites Black Bean Hummus topped with Cilantro
Serve it with your baked chips (or pita chips, veggies, tortilla chips, etc.)

Our Best Bites Black Bean Hummus
Or I even love it on a wrap with grilled chicken and roasted peppers.  Healthy, with a good dose of protein and fiber and it tastes amaaazing.

Our Best Bites Black Bean Hummus with Baked Cumin-Lime Chips

 

 

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82 comments

  1. Congratulations! I was just barely pregnant also when you wrote your post about weight training etc. It has really gotten me to exercise differently (I’m a hard core walker) during this pregnancy (#2), and I am feeling stronger already! Because of your post, I did a whole bunch of research on what is okay during pregnancy…and it’s a lot! I’m enjoying learning how to move my to feel better– and my 2 year old son enjoys working out with me. I use weights, and he uses toy hammers. 🙂 This recipe sounds pretty yummy. I will have to try it! And thanks for the true lime tip!

  2. Every good intention went out the window for me too when I went through my pregnancies! I figured I deserved all my carbs after not keeping anything down for 4 1/2 months. 🙂
    Congratulations!! (Oh, and I am looking forward to making this recipe!)

  3. This looks delicious! Congrats on your new little one! SO exciting!
    I bought myself your four pack of olive oils for Mother’s Day. 🙂 Last night we used the lemon oil on shrimp before we grilled them. DELICIOUS!

  4. Congrats! I am in a similar boat. Finally lost the last of my weight from my last baby and now trying to eat healthy and stay active for #4! Hang in there!

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