On Monday, April 8th, Americans along a broad path carved from Texas to Maine will experience a total solar eclipse. Owensboro dietician and local TV, radio and Instagram food personality Merritt Bates-Thomas has created a solar eclipse-inspired recipe that will be a hit at any watch party.

The recipe is a fun reinvention of hummus. Merritt's Instagram page is The Kitchen Transition and she's known for inventive (and healthy) takes twists on popular recipes.  This week, she's adding some additional punch to hummus.

Now, if you've never tried hummus before, you're likely thinking, "What in the heck is it?" This may help-->

Now, that you understand what hummus is, here's a recipe that's going to make you want to try it. Here's how to make Merritt's Total Eclipse Hummus!


1 - 10 oz. container hummus

1-2 tsp olive oil

Cucumber slices chopped

Assorted cherry & grape tomatoes cut into 1/8 pieces

1/4 of a bell pepper chopped

3 - 5 tbsp. Tzatziki

Microgreens or chopped fresh parsley for garnish


Pour hummus onto a plate or platter for serving. Drizzle olive oil over the hummus. Sprinkle chopped vegetables over hummus. Spread tzatziki over mixture and garnish with microgreens or parsley.

Here's Merritt's finished product! As you can see, the dish is beautiful.

Merritt Bates-Thomas
Merritt Bates-Thomas

You can follow Merritt's The Kitchen Transition on Instagram. Plus, you can also catch her on TV. She's a frequent guest on Local Lifestyles on WEHT in Henderson, Kentucky. She's also heard the second Monday of every month on WBKR-FM's morning radio show in the weekly What's Cookin'? segment presented by Kight Kitchen Interiors.

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