In the interest of full disclosure, if my mom put this in my lunch box a few years ago (that’s right, I’m that young. What?) I never would have eaten it. I was the worst kid. The. Worst. I never ate anything. O.K., maybe I ate three things. So it’s very weird karma to me that I have a kid who eats absolutely everything, except tomatoes. (Although she keeps trying them. She really wants to like them.) However, I do find that kids nowadays eat a lot more that my generation. We spend a lot of lunches with Scarlett’s friends and I’m always amazed at the things some of these kids eat. (I’m also horrified by some of the stuff they talk about, but that’s another story. Just please don’t talk about Justin Beiber in front of my 4-year old. He’s so lame.) If your kid(s) enjoy hummus, this sandwich won’t be a hard sell.
I found this recipe in a Bon Appetit but I’ve made a few kid-friendly changes. For instance, it called for mint and cilantro to be added. Scarlett loves both but a lot of kids pick green leafy things out of sandwiches, especially when other kids are around sizing up their lunch. It also used cucumber instead of apple. I just liked the idea of apple and it tasted great. However, feel free to use cucumber. I won’t be insulted. In fact, go for the cilantro and mint if you think you can pull it off with your kids.
Hummus and Feta Sandwich on Whole Grain Bread
1 14- to 15-ounce can organic garbanzo beans, drained
1 garlic clove, peeled
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 slices whole grain bread
1 granny smith apple, thinly sliced (squirt some lemon juice on them to keep from getting brown)
4 ounces feta cheese, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices or crumbled
Place garlic and beans in food processor and mix until smooth. Add lemon juice, tahini and oil and process until smooth puree. Season with salt and pepper to taste. You can make this advance and keep in an airtight container in the regrigerator for one week.
Spread 2 tablespoons hummus over each slice of bread. Top one slice with the feta and apple slices. Place slices together and cut in half.
This is also an easy sandwich kids can make themselves (minus the slicing of the apple). It was actually Scarlett’s idea to crumble the feta instead of using the slices I’d cut from the block. She said, “This is more better Mommy. It’s how it’s suppose to be.” I guess she knows best. After all, she runs a food blog.