Cucumber "Crackers" with Hummus

For a healthy snack, thick slices of cucumber topped with delicious homemade hummus are the perfect combination. You can also try toppings for your cucumber "crackers" like mayonnaise with 1 or 2 halved or quartered cherry tomatoes, or peanut butter. Or let your kids concoct their own recipe. Who knows? Cucumbers and strawberry jam could become a family heirloom.

This recipe is also a great way to introduce your kids to fresh-from-the-garden food. You don't have to dig up half the lawn — or even have a lawn. All you need is a sunny spot, some deep pots, and a few bags of soil.

Hands-On Time: 20 minutes
Ready In: 20 minutes
Yield: about 1 cup of hummus

Ingredients

    1 cup canned chickpeas
    1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
    1 small garlic clove
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoons olive oil
    2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
    1/2 teaspoon paprika
    Cucumber, sliced
    Cherry tomatoes, quartered

Directions

  1. Drain the chickpeas and rinse them under cold water. Put them in a blender or a food processor, then add the lemon juice, tahini, garlic, salt, and olive oil. Purée the mixture until smooth and creamy, adding a little water if it's too stiff. Transfer the hummus to a small bowl and stir in the parsley and paprika.
  2. Top each cucumber slice with a dollop of hummus, then top with a cherry-tomato quarter.

What's Good for You
Kids love dips, and, nutritionally speaking, you can't do much better than hummus: Chickpeas are a good source of magnesium — which helps transport energy in the body — and are an even better source of fiber.

Nutritional Information
Per Serving (1/4 cup hummus and 1/4 cucumber): 150 Calories, 5g Protein, 20g Carbs, 4g Fiber, 5g Sugar, 6g Fat, 1g Saturated Fat, 333mg Sodium, 0mg Cholesterol.

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