Today, I offer you a simple little hummus recipe.
This could quite possibly be the only hummus recipe you will ever need. In your whole life. You know why? It’s healthy, it’s tasty, and it’s versatile. You can put pretty much whatever you want in this hummus, and you can put this hummus on whatever you want!
Spicy is not my thing, but if you’re into it, feel free to turn up the heat and add some ingredients that will give it a kick– jalapeños, red pepper flakes, extra tahini, whatever your heart– or stomach– desires!
- 1 (15 oz.) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
- 3 Tbs. tahini **
- generous drizzle of olive oil (start out with a couple of tablespoons, then add more to adjust the consistency)
- splash of water (about 3 Tbs.)
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup cashews (optional, but recommended)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder (add more to taste if needed)
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 2 tsp. parsley
- salt and pepper to taste
- OPTIONAL add-ins: roasted or raw bell peppers, roasted or sun dried tomatoes, jalapeños or hot chili peppers, hot sauce, oregano, cumin, pine nuts (instead of cashews), pumpkin, avocado
** The tahini is not optional! Unless you have an allergy or strongly despise it, do not leave it out! I didn’t buy it the first few times I made hummus because it’s rather expensive, but the hummus turned out bland and sub-par. After breaking down and buying the tahini, the hummus improved immensely. Trust me on this one, folks. It’s worth it. (In case you’re unfamiliar with tahini, it’s a paste made of ground sesame seeds.)
- Throw all of the ingredients into a food processor.
- Blend until smooth, adding more water and/or olive oil until it reaches the desired consistency. (Don’t use more than 1/4 cup of olive oil.)
See? Look how healthy these guys are! This label doesn’t tell you that they also help your digestive tract function, provide antioxidants, help regulate your blood sugar, and may decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease. Cool, huh?
If you want to know more about their nutritional value, The World’s Healthiest Foods is packed full of great information!
Hummus makes a wonderful dip for crackers, vegetables (like carrots, bell peppers, and celery), and pita chips (or any kind of chip really). It’s also fantastic on sandwiches! Add it to a veggie sub or slather it in a pita with some alfalfa sprouts… Mmmmmm! OR. If you’re feeling really creative, try this Chana Masala Hummus PIZZA from Vegan Richa. I haven’t tried it yet, so let me know what you think! 😉
With all the different ways to make and eat this hummus, you really can’t go wrong.
How do you like your hummus?
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