Quinoa Hummus Party Bowl
As a military spouse and a mom, I’m asked to make food for events way more often than I ever was before I got married. Usually it’s fun planning and preparing healthy dishes for gatherings that often become conversation starters. Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies so I don’t mind putting the time and effort into my dishes —except for when there is no time.
Last week, I was invited to a breakfast to meet casually with the other parents of the children in my daughter’s class. It happened to fall on a morning when I had agreed to teach a 6 a.m yoga class. So, I needed to teach class, get home in bad weather, shower, and get food ready, all before breakfast. There was no time for an elaborate dish, yet I wanted to take something that could serve as my meal in case there weren’t any other healthy choices.
So, I made a party-sized version of the quinoa hummus bowl that I often eat for lunch. I just cooked up a cup of quinoa according to the package directions, cut up/shred whatever veggies I had on hand, and added a bowl of hummus. I have braces on my teeth right now, so I shred my vegetables whenever possible, but I found that it’s a really fast way to prep using my food processor. Bzzzzz, and it’s done. By the time I got the veggies prepped, the quinoa was cooked and ready to go. For presentation, I just alternated and balanced colors. For this particular dish I used organic heirloom carrots that came in yellow, orange, dark orange, and purple. Those became the conversation starter, and I didn’t have to spend a lot of time prepping to get that conversation going.
This is what went into my party bowl:
Red quinoa, rinsed and cooked according to package directions
Red pepper, chopped
Persian cucumbers, quartered and chopped
Heirloom carrots of many colors, shredded
Green cabbage, shredded
What is your favorite fast and healthy party dish?