Sundried Tomato Basil Hummus Recipe

| August 27, 2010 | 5 Comments

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Back to school is heavy on my mind these days. We are less than a week away from Will starting kindergarten. But as I wrote recently on Tablespoon, it’s Will’s school lunch that I think about most. Ok, think might be an understatement. I obsess.

I’ve checked out the lunch menu for his school and its … not good. A packed lunch it will be (and he’s okay with that!). Still, what do I pack? How do I keep it from getting too boring? Thank goodness for good friends like Cate, who give me fab ideas (like frozen grapes as a snack/way to keep the whole lunchbox cold. Love that!).

One snack that I know I will be packing is homemade hummus and veggies. Will adores hummus, as does Paige. Toss in some slices of cucumber, red peppers and carrots and you have a delish snack (or even a lunch item!).

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This fast, easy hummus is filled with the warm, smoky-sweet flavor of sundried tomatoes and my very favorite herb: basil. I made it this afternoon for a very special video shoot (more on that later!) and it totally got rave reviews.

Now, I need some more ideas. What inventive foods do you pack in lunchboxes?

Sundried Tomato Basil Hummus
yields about 2 cups
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1 15-oz can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
3 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
8 sundried tomatoes
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
2 tbsp water
salt and pepper, to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until smooth. Transfer to an airtight container.

Store in the refrigerator and eat within one week.

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Category: Appetizers, Beans, Budget Eating, Feeding Kids, Raising Healthy Kids, Recipes, spreads/dips, vegetables, vegetarian

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Sarah Walker Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. S says:

    I like making tuna sandwiches for the lunchboxes!

  2. Jenny says:

    One thing I put in my kids lunch boxes occasionally is toasted waffles, cut into sticks, and rather than putting a little container of syrup, I give them apple sauce to dip the sticks into. Include a spoon and they finish off the apple sauce when they run out of waffle.

  3. Judi says:

    This was really delicious! Thank you for making and posting it.

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