I love Hummus.
With Red Peppers.
Served with fresh hot naan or crunchy vegetables or smeared on homemade bread topped with sprouts and tomatoes and avocado and whatever other vegetable I can find. When I eat hummus I know I am putting good fuel into my body. And when my kids scoop it up with veggies and bread and finish it off with a spoon…. I know they're fueling up on the good stuff too.
But being a family of six we just can't splurge on a 5 dollar plastic container of goodness that *might* last two snack times. So, we needed to make it. This is my favorite basic recipe. It is far superior made with beans you soak & cook yourself, and it's cheaper that way too. Not to mention you don't have a can to toss into the garbage.
Gypsy Family's Favorite Hummus::
2 cups cooked chickpeas/garbanzo beans (or 1 14 ounce can)
3 TBSP sesame tahini (think peanut butter, but made with sesame seeds)
3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
2-3 TBSP lemon juice
1-2 cloves fresh garlic (the more the spicier!)
sea salt to taste
*puree all the above in your food processor/blender. Add a bit of water if it is too stiff to puree. If you like the creamy stuff at the grocery store add a tablespoon or two of yogurt. I always make the basic batch, take half out for the kids and then spice up the other half for us spice loving hummus people in the house.
Delicious things to add…..
*roasted red peppers
*swap the lemon juice for lime & add a bit of chipotle powder or cumin
* toasted sesame oil
*fresh herbs, especially basil