Hummus has been around for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years, the history is a bit cloudy on this. It is a common food found in the Mediterranean region and throughout the Middle East. Hummus is a dip or spread made mainly from chickpeas, tahini, lemon and various other seasonings and spices. It has become an indispensable staple here at our house :O)
Hummus is traditionally served as a dip with pita bread and cut veggies or as a side dish with other foods such as falafel. It also makes a fantastic sandwich spread or a great filling for a tortilla wrap.
In the U.S. prepared hummus is sold now in most health food shops and many grocery stores, but you get only a small quantity for a big price. Hummus is super easy and fast to make so there is no reason to buy it unless you are really pressed for time. If you have 10 minutes and a food processor or decent blender, you can make hummus yourself :O)
Note: if you are not familiar with tahini it is a paste made from ground sesame seeds and can be found in health food stores and maybe even in some of the larger grocery stores
- 28 oz. chickpeas (garbanzo beans) drained
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup water
- 2 cloves garlic
- juice from 1 lemon
- handful fresh parsley
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. salt
This works best in a food processor, but a decent quality blender should work too. Basically, you just dump all the ingredients into the processor and process until well blended and smooth. I usually begin with 1/4 cup of the water and add a bit more if the hummus seems to thick. The parsley I cut from the stalk with a pair of scissors. That’s really it…told you it was easy!
Hummus holds for about 5 days in the refrigerator.
My hummus is not 100% traditional, usually there is alot more olive oil involved but who needs the extra fat? But this is how I make it and trust me… it is gooood! I eat hummus at least 5 times a week. On Sundays I make a double batch and send half of it to work with Peer and keep half here at home. The picture above shows a typical lunch for me, although I don’t always have the pita bread since I’m trying to lose weight. Instead I usually have more veggies along with a tangerine or something. Peer keeps his hummus in the little refrigerator they have at work. On Mondays he buys his veggies and stores them in the work refrigerator also. When it’s time for lunch he cuts up his veggies and he has a really healthy lunch! He usually has a miso soup or cup of instant broth with his lunch as well. Hummus tastes fantastic and it is also really good for you, I hope you’ll give it a try!
Per 1/2 cup serving hummus: Calories 173, fat 6g, cholesterol 0g, sodium 301mg, carbs 24g, fiber 5g, protein 7g