Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Homemade Hummus

 This is about the easiest and one of the healthiest things to make on the planet. Whenever I see the commercials for store bought hummus, I think about how much money I save by making my own. AND! I know what's in it!
 There are a TON of blog posts about this out there and lots of beautiful pictures and lots of stories as to how they came about to making their own hummus.
This post will be short and to the point so you can get to making it yourself-and save a few bucks by not buying the stuff at the store.




You DO need a food processor for this if you want it super creamy. 
You'll need:
Food Processor
1 can of organic (or not) garbanzo beans/ chickpeas. Drained.
Olive oil
Toasted sesame oil
a squeeze of lemon juice (or about a splash from the bottle of lemon juice in the door of the fridge)
salt and pepper to taste
Sometimes I add a bit of garlic and/or a pinch of cayenne pepper. Today I was feeling a bit spicy, so I added some minced garlic from a jar. Yup. I use minced garlic. In a jar. 

Here we go...
Throw your chickpeas in your processor. Not literally throw them, but you know...toss them in. Put in a half a spoonful of garlic ( about 1/2 a teaspoon), a splash of lemon juice and start your processor to start blending your beans.  Slowly drizzle olive oil in until you see the beans start to come together and get a creamy texture. I usually use about 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil, but you can eyeball it and blend until it looks nice and soft and creamy and yummy. I then add about a 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of toasted sesame oil. Be careful with the sesame oil..that stuff can be potent.  I don't use the tahini paste stuff that most recipes call for. I just think it's a waste of money and since I use toasted sesame oil for a ton of things, this is the most economical for me. Take your blender for a spin to blend it all up. Give it a taste and add salt and pepper to your preference. I love mine a bit salty, but I eat a lot of it, so I try to keep the salt to a minimum. Kind of. 
Chop up some veggies and dig in!
This should keep for a couple days in an airtight container in the fridge. Mine never lasts that long as I love the stuff.
Try getting creative! You can buy some roasted red peppers,chop those up and add it to the top. I like to use sun dried tomatoes and I like to pour a tiny bit of the oil from the jar on top. Don't forget to add some hot sauce or a pinch of cayenne if you like it hot and spicy.
 There are so many ways to doctor this up and eat healthy. It really fills you up too! AND! it's fast. I like fast, especially if I'm wanting to make rice crispy treats and decide to make this instead. Yay for healthy food choices! 

      

3 comments:

  1. This looks and sounds amazing Meredith. I am excited to give this a try!! :)
    Thank you for sharing. Have a great day!

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