Sneaky Red Lentil “Hummus” & Kitchen Sink Veggie Wrap

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Yesterday, I somehow found myself depleted of my hummus stash, which let me tell you, I rarely let happen. Hummus addicts must have a stash at all times! Normally, I wouldn’t be able to blame Eric for this one, but he has recently fallen in love with hummus after years of me pestering him to try it. Now, I’ve created a monster who eats all my hummus. It’s karma, clearly.

I was also out of dried chickpeas and canned chickpeas, so making the hummus that changed everything was out of the question. That was when the red lentils caught my eye hidden in the back of my messy cupboard.

Knowing how fluffy and soft red lentils get when cooked, I figured that I could use them for a base in a spread, very similar to hummus. Red lentils have a fairly neutral taste (although a bit earthier than chickpeas), but I figured they would blend well into the other ingredients. Plus, they cook extremely fast so I knew it wouldn’t set me back much time.

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It looks just like hummus, right?

After adding some lemon juice, tahini, sea salt, garlic, and a touch of olive oil, I had a spread that was very similar to hummus. It doesn’t taste exactly the same, but it’s delicious in its own unique way. Best of all, this dip took me about 15-20 minutes, and that includes cooking the lentils. Not too shabby!

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I now had a lovely base for my wrap! I gathered some random veggies in the crisper (green onion, tomato, avocado, kale, red pepper, pea shoots) and went to town.

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You can use this recipe below as the “base” recipe and leave it as is (think of it as a classic hummus) or have fun playing around with mix-ins. I could see Indian and Mexican flavours working very well here. I added in a couple sun-dried tomatoes and some smoked paprika, but to be honest I preferred it best plain.

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Sneaky Red Lentil “Hummus”

Make this spread as a fun alternative to chickpeas! It’s not only similar in appearance, but taste too. Red lentils also tend to be easier to digest, so if you have problems with chickpeas I encourage you to give this a try.

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Yield: 1 heaping cup

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked red lentils + 1 & 1/4 cup water
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt, or to taste
  • water to thin out, if needed
  • Herbs & seasonings of choice, if desired

 

1. Pick through the lentils to make sure there are no pebbles and rinse in a small colander. In a medium-sized pot, add the lentils and 1 & 1/4 cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cover, simmering until the water is absorbed or about 10-13 minutes. Stir the lentils frequently to prevent them from sticking to the pot.

2. With the food processor running, drop in the clove of garlic to mince. Add the cooked lentils, along with the lemon juice, tahini, and olive oil. Process until smooth. Add a touch of water if necessary to thin out.

3. Add salt to taste and other herbs and seasonings if desired.

Nutritional info: (per 2 tbsp) 45 cals, 1 gram fat, 7 grams carbs, 60 mg sodium, 1 gram fibre, 3 grams protein.

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Have a great weekend and goodluck to Nik Wallenda tonight! Anyone going to watch?

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Jo June 15, 2012

This reminds me of a “masala lentil dip” I bought at a Trader Joe’s. It wasn’t blended, but it sure was delicious!

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Megan June 15, 2012

I am obsessed with this recipe! Thank you so much, hummus is one of my favorite foods but for some reason tends to bother my stomach. I cannot wait to make this recipe!

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Reem June 15, 2012

This looks great. Cant wait to try it.
I’d like to know something, Angela. Does being vegan actually help in any way in overcoming eating disorders? Does it make crap food less tempting?

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Becca June 15, 2012

I make my red lentil hummus with an Indian twist, as you suggested. I throw in PUMPKIN SEED butter instead of tahini (but tahini works fine too), and add some cumin, graham masala, and a wee bit of cinnamon. I’ve even done a curry one with curry powder and some cayenne for extra heat.

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Natalie @ Fresh Life Findings June 15, 2012

My hummus keeps getting eaten too! My husband used to think it was the healthy crap and now he eats it all the time! Which means I always have to restock. These wraps look so fresh and delicious!

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Hailey June 15, 2012

All I can think is why haven’t I tried this before?! I love making a black bean, cilantro, lime, and jalapeno dip when I get sick of hummus and I’m in the mood for something spicy. :-) Have a good weekend!

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Grace @ Grace Dishes June 15, 2012

I went through a lentil addiction a month ago where I was putting it in everything – salads, curries, soups, stews…etc. They are delicious!

Your spread looks amazing! I know what you mean about a hummus addict always needing a “stash”. My local Publix has the most amazing cilantro-jalapeno hummus!

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Katie S. June 15, 2012

All the recipes I’m seeing lately call for tahini, which is something I never have. In fact, my local Kroger store doesn’t carry it. The closest Whole Foods is an hour away! Is there a way to make it, or is there a substitute for it?
Thank you for your blog and recipes.
Katie

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eileen June 15, 2012

Yea..can’t wait to try!
Will be watching the excitement on tv…need to rest up for my sprint triathlon on Sunday!!! Might be whipping up some wraps for after the race :)
Thanks Angela

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Valentina June 15, 2012

Angela! I actually made this a few weeks ago, I had bought red lentils and had no idea what to do with them so I made hummus, it’s really yummy and it was so creamy, lovely flavour!

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Megan June 15, 2012

Great idea! These look so delicious and full of colour (I love when food is so vibrant in colour!)

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Madison @ Pilates Makes You Happy June 15, 2012

This looks delish. I wonder if you could possibly make hummus out of black beans? Hmm.

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Lia June 15, 2012

I like that idea to use lentils instead of chick peas. Lentils have more protein?

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Lisa @ The Raw Serenity June 15, 2012

This wrap looks amazing! I am will defiantly have a hummus wrap today for lunch now.
I also seem to have the same problem with the hummus disappearing. I make a double batch and when the boys find it they eat all but leave me 2 tablespoon.. so thoughtful of them….

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Sonal June 15, 2012

Mmmm as long as you have the right base on a wrap, everything else tastes great! I have green lentils, i wonder if it will taste similar ? :)

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Moni Meals June 15, 2012

Pretty much the best wrap I’ve seen in along time. This could go for $15 at any health restaurant. Awesome recipe and great hummus idea. :-)

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Ashley June 15, 2012

I would like this for a midnight snack. Please + thank you! xo

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Nicholle June 15, 2012

Looks Amazing! Could you come and live with me for a week?

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Caitlin June 15, 2012

What kind of wraps do you use?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 16, 2012

I cant think of the brand name but they are large whole wheat wraps.

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Heather's Creative Comcoctions June 16, 2012

It’s like you were reading my mind. I have leftover cooked red lentils in the fridge and I didn’t feel like doing much with them. Thanks for the great recipe! I plan to add some spice :)

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Laura June 16, 2012

I need to try this! I always have sooo many lentils and never enough chickpeas. What a great idea Angela!
Also, I watched Nik on TV last night. It was CRAZY. So cool to watch that. Except I did not get how he could answer the questions… I would think that was so distracting! Made me nervous…haha

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 16, 2012

I know same here, I couldn’t believe it! It was like he was having a normal chat on a park bench.

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers June 16, 2012

Wonderful idea!!! Love the hummus!!

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M June 16, 2012

What a great idea for a hummus!!
Could you upload a picture of the red lentils?

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Andrea June 16, 2012

What a great idea! What is the difference between red lentils and green lentils? Anyone know?

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Wren June 17, 2012

Hi Andrea,
Well, from my experience red lentils are more tender and break down more easily into dals, soups, sauces, dips. Green lentils usually retain their shape after cooking and are great for salads, chilis, or meat substitute (like in shepherd’s pie).

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Andrea June 19, 2012

Thank you! I’ve been wondering!

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Lorii Abela June 16, 2012

Thanks for sharing this recipe. Now I can do more with the red lentils at home.

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Claire June 16, 2012

This is awesome! I just said, this morning, “Oh, I wanted to make hummus this weekend but we’re out of chickpeas!” And wouldn’t you know it…. we have red lentils! Thanks so much for this recipe.

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Lexi June 16, 2012

This sounds delicious! I have lots of digestive issues but I love hummus; maybe this will be easier for me to digest :)

I have a slight intolerance to sesame seeds, and have been advised by my doc to cut back or eliminate sesame seeds–including tahini! Anyone have any suggestions for tahini substitute? Maybe I can just leave it out since it’s such a small amount…?

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Cookie and Kate June 16, 2012

Red lentil hummus?! Why didn’t I think of that? Can’t wait to try making some, Angela. These wraps look amazing!

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brianna June 16, 2012

This sounds delicious. I wonder, though, if you could make them in advance for a quick grab and go lunch, or if they would get soggy?

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Annemarie June 16, 2012

Hey Angela! I love your blog, its been a huge inspiration as I’m trying to make changes toward a healthier lifestyle. I’m really excited to try making a bunch of your recipes, but I don’t have a food processor. Any recommendations for a good food processor I should get? :)

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Sara Nickel June 16, 2012

Simple, fresh, and requires so little cook time. I love it! I’ve never thought of using lentils before, but will defiantly give this a try.

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Kaitlyn June 16, 2012

Yum! My favorite veg restaurant has a divine red lentil hummus.

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Amy June 16, 2012

Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. I am one of those unfortunate people who can’t digest chickpeas (and I absolutely LOVE them) so I am going to try this asap!! :)

You’re the best!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 17, 2012

Let me know what you think Amy!

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Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 16, 2012

YUM! I love lentils, especially in soup. They’re definitely creamy & earthy, just like hummus, so I can see how this would work really well :)

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Allisa June 16, 2012

I made these today and they were perfect! Your recipes rock my world..and even better my husband loves them and doesn’t even complain about the lack of cheese!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 17, 2012

Glad to hear that Allisa!

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Kelly @ My Love Affair with Running June 17, 2012

Yum nothing beats a fresh, healthy and delicious wrap. They are so quick and easy, I love mine toasted in a sandwhich press for an extra crunch ;)

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Wren June 17, 2012

Hi Angela!
The hummus wrap looks beautiful! I have a couple of questions about produce that I thought you may be able to help answer. How do you keep your veggies looking so fresh? I’m particularly interested in how to store greens and herbs and sprouts. Do you go through those pretty quickly or do you have any tips on keeping them fresh longer?
Thanks so much!
Wren

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 19, 2012

To be honest, I’m quite lazy and don’t do much to prolong their life (though I should sometimes!). I’ve heard that wrapping herbs in a lightly damp paper towel and wrapping them gently helps (put them in the crisper after). My MIL swears by this. I just tend to cram everything into the crisper and hope for the best. ;)

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Kristin June 17, 2012

Oh yummy! I really have been wanting to try lentils.. there just sitting in my cabinet! Thanks for putting all the nutrition info!

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Adrienne @ Apples N Adrienne June 17, 2012

What a great idea! Thanks, I’ll definitely keep this in mind. :)

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JennyO June 17, 2012

Just made your ” favorite pizza” (project food blog challenge) and your strawberry ganache tarts for my parents and grandparents for Father’s Day!!
I love your blog – I am constantly on it and all your recipes are delish!
Thank you for being so awesome!

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