Hummus is perfectly paired with pretzel chips, cucumbers, or carrots. Hummus can also be used as a sandwich spread. Smear a pita pocket with hummus and then stuff it with cucumbers, tomatoes, sprouts, and feta cheese. You will have a tasty, healthy, and different sort of sandwich in your lunch pail. If lunch is fun and interesting you, your kids, and your other will be more likely to eat it and less likely to grab an unhealthy snack.
Servings: 2 ½ cupsTime: 10 minutes
Hardware: Measuring cups and spoons, a food grinder (processor or blender), a can opener, a rubber spatula, and an airtight container
- 2-15 ounce cans of chickpeas
- ⅓ cup tahini (sesame paste)
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons liquid from the chickpeas
- 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 3 cloves of garlic
- S&P to taste
- Open and drain the chickpeas, saving 2 tablespoons of the liquid. Rinse the chickpeas a few times and drain thoroughly.
- Peel the garlic and place it in the food processor with the olive oil and lemon juice. Process until it is completely smooth.
- Place the remaining ingredients, except for the teaspoon of olive oil, in the food processor and grind until it is the consistency of dry peanut butter. Add S&P to taste.
- Store in the fridge in an airtight container. It will keep for 3-4 days. Serve straight from the fridge or at room temperature. When serving create a little swirl or well in the center of the hummus. Pour the remaining olive oil into the swirl/well and sprinkle with paprika. Offer your guests pita chips, crackers, or fresh veggies for dipping.
After you master the basic recipe, you can play around with hummus. Replace 1 tablespoon of the reserved liquid with ½ of a roasted red pepper for red pepper hummus. If you replace all of the reserved liquid with lemon juice and add the zest from one lemon, you have lemon hummus. You can also double the amount of garlic for garlic hummus. Throw in a handful of black olives with the garlic and make sure to puree completely and then follow the rest of the instructions for olive hummus. Spicy hummus can be made by replacing some of the chickpea liquid with hot sauce and adding cayenne pepper to the recipe. You can even use different beans. You can use cannellini beans, yellow lentils, or black beans (don’t use tahini with the black beans and add some cumin). So if you are imaginative and adventurous, hummus will never get boring.