Spinach Artichoke Hummus with Shamrock Shaped Green Peppers

Spinach Artichoke Hummus with Shamrock Green Peppers

I love holidays. Christmas, 4th of July, St Patty’s Day, Superbowl Sunday (it’s a real holiday for foodie football fans!), Thanksgiving, Easter, etc, etc. I love them most of all because they usually revolve around food.

My one problem with a lot of these holidays is that most of the cute, festive foods are catered around baking desserts. While I love some sweets here and there, I wanted to create a fun, new recipe for St Patty’s Day that was still delicious and festive, but on the healthier side.

I was trying to think of fruits and vegetables that were naturally green (as to not use artificial food coloring or dyes). As I was perusing the produce aisles at the grocery store I noticed the bright green bell peppers. I shaped them up and realized that there was enough surface area to cut them into shamrock shapes!

Spinach Artichoke Hummus with Shamrock Green Peppers

My next thought was how much I love dipping bell peppers into hummus.

Spinach Artichoke Hummus

My final thought was, what ingredients would naturally make green hummus? Kale, basil, spinach, oh spinach, spinach artichoke dip gone healthy, I like it!

Healthy Spinach Artichoke Hummus

And that’s how this entire little St Patrick’s Day snack came to be!

Spinach Artichoke Hummus Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 15.5 oz can garbanzo beans (chickpeas) – drained & rinsed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 cup spinach
  • ½ cup artichokes (drained from can – reserve ½ cup of liquid)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • ¼ cup Enzo Olive Oil
  • 4-8 green bell peppers

Add the garbanzo beans, garlic, tahini, spinach and artichokes to a food processor.

Spinach Artichoke Hummus Recipe

Juice the lemon into the food processor then drizzle the olive oil through the top as you blend.

Blend for 30 seconds or until the hummus is smooth and creamy.

Spinach Artichoke Hummus Recipe

Place in a bowl and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.

To make the green pepper shamrocks, remove the tops of each bell pepper and clean the seeds and membranes out of the middle.

Green Bell Pepper Shamrocks

Use the palm of your hand to gently smash the bell pepper flat.

Green Bell Pepper Shamrocks

Slice the bell pepper in half, then use a shamrock shaped cookie cutter to cut the bell pepper.

Green Bell Pepper Shamrocks

I purchased the one above for $.99 at Michaels, I also purchased a set of three (seriously neon green) cookie cutters with a smaller shaped shamrock (seen below) for $1.99 at Party City.

Green Bell Pepper Shamrocks

The hummus is also great as an “any-time-of-year” snack served with pretzels, crackers or other vegetables.

Spinach Artichoke Hummus Dip

Hummus is my favorite healthy snack to keep around the house, it’s filled with protein and good fats, and this particular recipe is also packed with extra vitamins from the spinach and artichokes.

Spinach Artichoke Hummus with Shamrock Green Peppers

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian (and vegan).

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Spinach Artichoke Hummus with Shamrock Shaped Green Peppers

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 6-8

Spinach Artichoke Hummus with Shamrock Shaped Green Peppers

Ingredients

  • 15.5 oz can garbanzo beans (chickpeas) – drained & rinsed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 cup spinach
  • ½ cup artichokes (drained from can – reserve ½ cup of liquid)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • ¼ cup Enzo Olive Oil
  • 4-8 green bell peppers

Instructions

  1. Add the garbanzo beans, garlic, tahini, spinach and artichokes to a food processor.
  2. Juice the lemon into the food processor then drizzle the olive oil through the top as you blend.
  3. Blend for 30 seconds or until the hummus is smooth and creamy.
  4. Place in a bowl and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Shamrock Shaped Green Peppers
  6. Remove the tops of each bell pepper and clean the seeds and membranes out of the middle.
  7. Use the palm of your hand to gently smash the bell pepper flat.
  8. Slice the bell pepper in half, then use a shamrock shaped cookie cutter to cut the bell pepper.
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