Friday, July 20, 2012


Hummus is one of the staples in my family.  Every function we have, I am asked to make this (and I am happy to do so!).  Hummus is extremely easy, healthy, and versatile.  Use it as a dip for chips and veggies, or you can spread it on a sandwich.  You can also add extra ingredients like roasted red peppers to give this recipe new flavors!

Hummus is native to the Middle East.  It's also perfect for vegan or vegetarian friends and family! 

According to WebMD, chickpeas (garbanzo beans) are rich in fiber and protein. They also contain vitamins and minerals such as folic acid, zinc, and magnesium. Chickpeas and tahini both have decent amounts of calcium and iron.  Not to mention the health benefits of olive oil!  My favorite way to eat this dip is with fresh veggies like carrots and broccoli!


This recipe can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container in the fridge.  (Serves 8)

2 cans chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon sesame seed oil or tahini (sesame seed paste)*
  1. Put all ingredients into a food processor.
  2. Process until smooth. (If you need to add more oil to make it smooth then go ahead)
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve with chips or veggies--even spread it on a sandwich!
*The hummus tastes fine without the oil or the paste; traditionally it is made with tahini, but I have sesame seed oil on hand and works just fine.

In the culinary world, this would be called a 'dead' food; the reason is because it is served chilled. When a recipe is served cold, it's best to season it until it tastes great at room temperature, then add a bit more salt and pepper (not a ton!). When food is cold, the flavor and spices tend to diminish in strength and taste.

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