It’s Meat Free Monday!

Sep 21, 2020 | Body, Planet

Celebration Hummus

Are you dipping your toe into the plant-based diet world, or embracing Meat Free Monday? If so, we have a suggestion. Hit up your Vegan friends for their favorite recipes! They are a treasure trove of information! It’s a wonderful way to connect on a topic that they love sharing about and there is real joy in finding a new recipe that becomes a go-to for friends and family. Here, our friend Lora-Ellen (You may notice her peeking out from behind a sign on the homepage) shares a festive take on hummus.

Celebration Hummus is beautiful and delicious!


  • 4 cups cooked chick peas, rinsed and drained 
  • 1/2 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1/2 cup tahini sesame seed paste
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • 2/3 cup olive oil, and more to drizzle
  • 4-6 cloves roasted garlic (1/2 the amount if not roasted)
  • Water to thin if needed 


Add the chickpeas, tahini, almond butter, and lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor. Puree the mixture until smooth, scraping down the sides if necessary. Add 1/4 cup of water and puree until smooth. With the machine running stream in the olive oil until smooth and creamy. To guarantee a smooth and creamy hummus, run the food processor for about five minutes.

If the hummus is too thick, thin with water or extra olive oil, adding about 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached. Taste and season with the desired amount of salt and pepper.

Then add: 

  • Pepitas or spiced cashews (1/4 cup)
  • Pomegranate seeds (1/4 cup)
  • Crumbled kale chips (2)
  • Chives (chopped)
  • Edible flowers (optional)

About Lora- Ellen McKinney

Lora-Ellen McKinney is the daughter of a third-generation Baptist minister and an expert in community health, social services, social justice, and education. She currently heads her own consulting firm in Seattle, WA. Her Kellogg National Fellowship Award provided her dispute resolution training through the Harvard Negotiation Project and Eastern Mennonite University’s Conflict Analysis and Transformation program. McKinney received her MS and PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Author, Activist, Artist, Lora-Ellen McKinney