Who doesn’t love hummus? I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough! According to the New York Times, the hummus industry has grown from a $5 million dollar business in 1997 to around $530 million as of 2012. We in America clearly love our hummus. And there is plenty to love about this delicious food. The mighty chickpea, the star of the show, also known as the garbanzo bean, is a great source of protein which helps keep you full and can reduce hunger cravings. In addition, chickpeas, like other legumes, can help reduce cholesterol and they are also a great source of fiber. There are many different flavor varieties that can be found at your local grocery store which makes it even more of a pleasure to get your hummus fix. Now, I know that in this day and age we are all extremely busy and it’s a great convenience to just run to the store to pick some up. But, did you know that it is just as easy and fast to make your own? You will just need to have a food processor. Below is my simple, in-a-hurry recipe:
1 15 oz. can (get organic if you are able) chickpeas drained
1 TBS Tahini
The juice from 1 large lemon
2 cloves garlic
½ tsp salt
Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Feel free to adjust the amounts of tahini, lemon, garlic, and salt to taste. When I want to add a bit of heat and spice, I will add about ¼ tsp of smoked paprika. Try it, you will get addicted I promise you. If you really want to spice it up, try adding ¼ teaspoon chipotle chili powder or even chop up a fresh jalapeno. If you do add the jalapeno, please remove the seeds or you may get more of an adventure than you bargained for! You may have noticed that I did not use olive oil. I know that olive oil is a traditional ingredient in hummus, however, I choose not to use it and you can read why in my blog post on olive oil here. But, please don’t let me stop you from enjoying it in your hummus if you so choose. If you do decide to include it, I would recommend starting with 1 teaspoon or you could even drizzle just a little on top before serving. One of my favorite things is to add hummus to my salads, yum! Please comment below and share some of your favorite flavorings that you like in your hummus.