Mediterranean hummus bowls are a great weeknight dinner choice for those looking for something simple, healthy and fresh without sacrificing flavor. Flavors of the Mediterranean shine through in this tasty all-in-one bowl. Red onions, avocados, rainbow cherry tomatoes and English cucumbers are tossed in a sweet red wine vinegar dressing over a bed of fluffy white rice and served with jammy soft-boiled eggs and creamy hummus.
A Mediterranean hummus bowl comes together quickly with the help of microwaveable rice packets and an Instant Pot that makes soft-boiled eggs in a snap. Furthermore, these time-saving methods allow ample time to prepare your fresh vegetable mix and sweet and tangy red wine vinegar dressing.
Why use an Instant Pot?
Our Mediterranean hummus bowl is jam-packed with many delicious ingredients, one of which is soft-boiled eggs. In time-constrained situations, or if wrist and hand health are an issue in the kitchen, preparing the perfect boiled egg can be a challenge. But many cumbersome steps involved in cooking can be eliminated for seniors who own Instant Pots. In addition, the Instant Pot offers aging adults improved safety since they do not need to keep an eye on the appliance as it cooks.
How to make Instant Pot soft-boiled eggs
- Pour two cups of water into the inner pot of your Instant Pot. In a trivet or basket, gently arrange the eggs.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to the sealing position. Put the timer on high pressure for two minutes. Preheating the Instant Pot and bringing it to proper pressure levels will take a few minutes. After the timer has gone off, allow the pressure to naturally release for about one minute. Set the Instant Pot valve to venting once the natural release has taken place. Remove the lid once the pin drops.
- Prepare a small bowl of cold water. Transfer the eggs from the Instant Pot to the small bowl with a slotted spoon. Your eggs will be cooled off by the cold water, preventing them from overcooking.
- Tap the cooled egg gently on a hard surface to peel the shell. Slice the eggs lengthwise in half and place them directly over the rice and veggie mixture when you’re ready to serve your Mediterranean hummus bowl.
How to prepare easy Mediterranean hummus bowls
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Total Time: 15 min
- 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 pint rainbow cherry tomatoes, halved
- 3 English cucumbers, halved
- 1 avocado, diced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 cup plain hummus, divided
- 4 whole eggs, halved
- 2 bags pre-cooked white rice
- feta cheese (optional)
- parsley (optional)
- medium bowl
- small bowl
- Instant Pot
- Wash and dry the produce. Thinly slice the red onions, then halve the tomatoes and cucumbers. Next, carefully dice the avocado.
- In a medium bowl, combine the red onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and avocado.
- Blend the olive oil, honey, red wine vinegar, kosher salt and oregano in a small bowl with a whisk. Stir the dressing into the fresh vegetable mixture until well combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Cook the soft-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot according to the directions above. They can also be prepared on a stovetop.
- Next, prepare the pre-cooked rice according to the package directions.
- Assemble the Mediterranean hummus bowls by dividing the rice into four small dishes. Add the vegetable mixture on top. Place 1/4 cup scoops of hummus into each bowl, along with the halved soft-boiled eggs. If desired, sprinkle the bowls with feta cheese, parsley or season with additional salt and pepper. Enjoy!
Cooking tips while aging in place
The Mediterranean hummus bowl recipe calls for a few conveniences that make it an easy dinner for seniors, such as pre-cooked white rice and an Instant Pot.
Alternatively, traditional methods such as stovetop rice and soft-boiled eggs may be used. Furthermore, ready-to-eat hard-boiled eggs are available at many grocery stores for aging adults who are looking for additional convenience.
For those who prefer another grain to white rice; there are several options including quinoa, brown rice, orzo, riced broccoli, riced cauliflower, barley, farro, freekeh or couscous.
Those who can’t cut fresh vegetables have the option of buying pre-cut vegetables at their local grocers, but not all of them carry the vegetables they need. For seniors with limited hand strength or wrist mobility, ergonomic knives such as the ABLE-T Right Angle Knife help them regain their independence in the kitchen.