Cheers to all the unofficial meals that we all take for granted. It’s the small snack you have while you’re waiting for your loved ones to get home, the platter of veggies and hummus put out for guests before a big dinner, and it can even be the main feature on nights that you have no time or energy to spend on making a “real” meal.
Just so you know, this post is sponsored by Sabra. I’m lucky to be one of their Sabra Tastemakers for the year and get to create fun recipes with their delicious hummus.
You could also call this unofficial meal, grazing, but I think the word meal is more fitting. It’s more than a snack – especially if you load it up with vegetables. You’ll be pleasantly surprised what even picky eaters will try a bite of it if there’s no real commitment.
What’s the easiest way to put out an unofficial meal? For me, it definitely involves hummus since there is always a container in my fridge. Plus I always say that vegans are 50% hummus and I have to meet my quota.
Take your plain hummus to the next level with toppings. It can be as simple as chopped parsley, whole chickpeas and diced cucumbers with an extra squeeze of lemon juice. Use your leftovers for the power of good by swirling some leftover pesto on top, or even puree those extra tablespoons of a flavorful soup or stew and spread that on your hummus base.
Top with fresh veggies like tomatoes, shredded carrots, or what you just picked from the garden. Don’t forget the power of roasted root veggies or pickled veggies for upping your hummus game.
I used a quick kale parsley pesto and some Instant Pot quick “roasted” Root Vegetables to make my unofficial meal worthy of the spotlight. I had a fridge full of baby root veggies, kale, and parsley so it was a no-brainer.
Instead of using a traditional method of roasting, I speeded up the process by cooking them in the Instant Pot first! You can actually use them straight out of the Instant Pot, but 10 minutes in the oven dries them a bit and gives them a better flavor.
I have a new tool for my Instant Pot that I am in love with. They are called Deni Round Pressure Cooker Dessert Pans, but I use it for things other than pressure cooked dessert.
It comes with a rack that holds the 2 pans and lid together, plus it makes it so easy to lift it out of my Instant Pot! For this recipe, it’s a great way to cook some of the veggies separately. I like to cook and roast the beets on their own so each vegetable retains its own color.
You can do it without this contraption, by stacking pyrex bowls that you cover in foil over the rack that came with your Instant Pot or just wrap them in foil and put one on top of the other on the rack.
IP Stacking Tip: Put the slower cooking food near the bottom and the fastest cooking on top.