When you’ve got hummus around but don’t feel like using it as a dip or spread, here are some ways to incorporate it into other dishes, or just turn it into something else.

Add more olive oil and lemon juice, and use it as salad dressing; or thin it with chicken stock and add curry spices, and you’ve got soup.

heatherkay mixes 1/4 to 1/3 cup hummus with 10 ounces of lean ground beef for burgers; she says that aside from giving great flavor, the hummus helps keep the lean beef moist and improves its caramelization.

louweezy whips it into mashed potatoes; it makes them fluffier, she says, and they taste garlicky and rich—no butter needed.

Diana likes to spread hummus on eggplant slices and bake them; this also works for chicken and fish.

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