I’ve been thinking about first impressions lately, and how they are often incomplete. Take my oldest son, for example. He’s quite tall at almost 6’ 7” and people frequently make assumptions about his interests and abilities. Three or four times each week he has someone ask him the same three-word question: “basketball or volleyball?” when they first meet him. It doesn’t bother him, but most of these people never find out his other interests and abilities. While he does play basketball, can easily palm a ball, and dunk, he’s also great with little kids; and he enjoys singing and acting in productions at one of our local theaters. First impressions don’t tell us everything. We can miss a lot if we only go by what we first see and experience.
Food is like that too. How often do our kids look at something on the table and respond with a “well, that looks interesting – not” kind of look. Even as adults we do that. It might be something different, not what we’re used to and we turn up our noses at it without even giving it a try. Add the word healthy and some people automatically assume it lacks flavor and taste. Actually, it’s an incomplete picture. Healthy food, like any food, can be delicious and tasty. But we have to go beyond the first impression we get from the food.
This avocado hummus is one of those unassuming healthy foods that can easily be overlooked. Yet the earthy chickpeas, creamy avocado, savory garlic, and spicy jalapeno meld together for a flavorful, delicious and smooth hummus. Chickpeas provide a good amount of protein and fiber, while the avocado and olive oil supply healthy fats. Unlike most dips it’s a healthy choice to pair with raw veggies, pita chips, or whole grain crackers. It would also be good as a spread on sandwiches or in a wrap. So don’t let first impressions keep you away from trying different foods, especially healthy foods. You may be pleasantly surprised.
What are your thoughts about first impressions?
Here’s the recipe:
Avocado Hummus with Jalapeño
1 – 15 oz. can chickpeas or garbanzo beans
1 small avocado
2 cloves garlic
2 jalapeno peppers, roasted, divided
2 Tbsp. lime juice
1 Tbsp. olive oil
½ tsp. curry powder
½ tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. sea salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Chopped fresh cilantro
Drain chickpeas and rinse well, rubbing gently between the palms of your hands to remove the skins. You can leave the skins on if you wish, but the hummus will more smooth if you remove them. Pour the drained chickpeas into a food processor.
Roast both jalapenos and dice, keeping them separate. You can see how to roast them here.
Cut avocado in half and remove the large pit. Scoop the flesh out of the peel and into the food processor with the chickpeas.
Add all remaining ingredients to the food processor except one jalapeno, cayenne pepper, and cilantro. Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Taste and add more seasonings if desired.
Top with a pinch of cayenne pepper, chopped cilantro, and remaining diced jalapeno before serving. Enjoy!