Lately I haven’t had time for real thorough meals. I am either grabbing something on the go, picking up to-go from the hot bar at the local health food store or whipping up easy dishes like this one.
While I love being creative and combining various ingredients, most of recent “creative” meals have been out of necessity. You see, the last few times I’ve made it to the grocery store, I’ve gone without a list…leaving me with random items and unplanned meals. When faced with the question of ‘whats for dinner’, I grabbed items in the fridge that needed to be used up – cooked black beans, cooked green beans, one lonely squash, the remainder for hummus and an uncooked turkey burger patty. Random, yes but delicious and filling, it sure was!
You could make this a vegetarian/vegan friendly meal but using your favorite cooked grain instead of the meat. Use your favorite flavor of hummus as this drives the main flavoring of the dish. Hummus sauce is versatile and is scrumptious over any cooked vegetables, grains or meat. If you don’t have all of these ingredients on hand and you are a hummus fan, still try this “sauce” – I am in love 🙂
Clean Out the Fridge Saute with Hummus Sauce
1/3 lb ground meat (I used turkey) for vegetarian, could sub 1-2 cups cooked brown rice, millet, sorghum or quinoa
2-3 tsp coconut oil, butter, ghee or olive oil (use oil for vegetarian)
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 yellow squash, sliced
1 cup cooked green beans
2/3 cup cooked black beans (white beans or chickpeas would work too)
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup prepared hummus (or homemade) – I used original but use your favorite flavor
1-2 Tbsp lemon juice + water to thin
1. In a large skillet, heat oil/butter over medium heat. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir or whisk together hummus, lemon juice and a few tablespoons of water until makes a sauce with a drizzle consistency. Set aside.
2. Add meat and onions to the pan and saute until meat is no longer pink, about 5-6 minutes and stirring occasionally.
3. Add garlic and squash and saute for 2 or 3 minutes.
4. Toss in cooked green beans and black beans and cook until heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to serving dishes and drizzle with prepared hummus sauce and enjoy!
This meal would be complete served with my hummus bread!