These days, you’re less likely to hear about the beauty of the earth than you are about unprecedented consumption and waste, the specter of climate change, and dangerous levels of pollution. These are real problems. However, Earth Day celebrates everything marvelous about our tiny planet—and we’re here to give you some Earth Day recipes that will make your celebration a hit.
This starts with tasty and super healthy foods, of course! If you want to make the most of your Earth Day food, make sure it contains the best ingredients, period. With all the unhealthy filler food masquerading as “health food” these days, it’s important to check that your spread is natural, nutritious, organic, additive-free, and preservative-free.
Hummus: An Ideal Addition to Earth Day Recipes
Unless you’ve buried your head in sand for the last decade, you’re probably well aware that hummus is one of the healthiest natural foods you can eat! After all, every single ingredient is healthy: chickpeas, tahini, extra virgin olive oil, lemon, sea salt, and spices! So of course it makes a perfect Earth Day food, right?
Not necessarily. Unfortunately, not all hummus brands are made equal. Many mainstream hummus manufacturers have compromised hummus’ healthy reputation by using less-healthy conventional ingredients and synthetic additives or preservatives. So, to ensure that your Earth Day recipes contain ingredients most honoring to Mother Earth, here are some criteria you can use to make sure your hummus is on the up and up
- Made with only extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) instead of canola, sunflower, or regular olive oil to maximize healthy Omega-3 content
- USDA Certified Organic to ensure that no unhealthy pesticides or additives were used in farming or production
- High Pressure Processed so that no synthetic and harmful preservatives are required to keep product safe.
Pretty simple, right? Just follow these guidelines to make sure your Earth Day recipes are fit to celebrate the holiday.
Earth Day Party Food Ideas
If you want to get creative with your Earth Day food, here are some recipes we’ve picked from our Instagram community and HOPE Kitchen—both of which host a bevy of delectable delights. With all the delicious flavors available, HOPE Hummus is perfect for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and party tables
This dish is a party in and of itself! Simply stuff halved avocados with a mixture of Thai Coconut Curry hummus, cooked shrimp, jalapeño, cherry tomato, mango, and red onion. With a quick prep time and deliciously poppin’ flavors, this Earth Day recipe will disappear before the party even starts.
This gluten- and meat-free makes a great Earth Day food, both for its exciting color and smooth flavor. It’s simple, too. Just cook up some gluten-free pasta and make a sauce out of Original Recipe hummus, garlic, and cooked beets, and optionally top with shredded pecorino and kale sprouts. Yum!
This delicious salad is both tasty and quick to make. Just quarter or halve small mixed potatoes and toss with peas, cilantro, garlic, and Kale Pesto hummus. This Earth Day recipe is both filling and attractive, one your guests will love.
This delicious pasta dish is a tasty Earth Day party food idea, with a little bit of kick. Buffalo Bleu hummus adds classic flavor to pasta wagon wheels and sauteed onions, topped with fresh basil leaves. For extra protein, add some chicken and you’ve got a perfect main dish.
These recipes are just the tip of the iceberg. Don’t forget to check our Instagram community and YouTube channel for plenty more Earth Day recipes! Whether you want something elaborate and classy or quick and simple, HOPE Hummus is the perfect way to make sure your Earth Day food is filling, nutritious and delicious.