Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Homemade Hummus

One of my favorite things to eat when I have a long day of work ahead of me at my computer is hummus. It’s healthy for me, I can eat it with whatever vegetables I have in the fridge, and I don’t have to stop working in order to prepare a meal when I have some on hand.

I used to buy hummus from Walmart in small tubs, but one day I decided to ditch the tubs and make hummus from scratch. I read several recipes that talked about soaking the garbanzos in order to remove the skin, but I wasn’t too keen to do this as the by the time I decided to make hummus, I was already pretty hungry. I used organic garbanzo beans, which would end up making all the difference in the world.

Ingredients


2 15 oz cans of organic chickpeas (garbanzo beans) with liquid

1/2 cup organic tahini
1/4 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
2 lemons freshly juiced
3-4 garlic cloves (depending on how sociable you feel like being)
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. salt

Possible garnishes: organic extra virgin olive oil, paprika, fresh parsley


I have an old Vita-mix which I absolutely adore. Basically, I just threw everything into it and blended it with the blade running in both directions in order to make sure nothing got stuck at the bottom. I added the liquid from one of the cans of garbanzos and held back on adding the liquid in the other can until I could check the consistency of the finished product. It is really a personal choice at this point how much liquid you want to add, some recipes pit it at about 1/3 of a cup.

The hummus came out amazing, much lighter and sweeter than what I had purchased in tubs. I chose not to garnish it as I was in a hurry, but I am thinking now that smoked Spanish paprika might be a good choice next time. The garbanzos were very tender and the skins did not pose a problem at all. I have noticed since that the organic garbanzos are much softer and more moist than the non-organic variety, so I was lucky to have made that choice innitially.

On this particular afternoon, I chose to eat the hummus with flour tortillas toasted on the burner, hence the Mexican fiesta plate! Raw vegetables, such as broccoli and carrots, would have been the ideal choice, but what is great about hummus is that not only can you add things to it as you blend it, it can also be consumed in a variety of ways.

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