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Hummus: Nutritious, delicious and easy!

Hummus is pretty much the perfect snack. Not only does it taste great, but it’s healthy and super easy to make! Plus, if you serve it with whole wheat pita and vegetables, it can do double duty as a light meal.

Hummus ingredients

If you’ve never made hummus before, now’s the time to try. The ingredients used to make it include chickpeas (canned for convenience), olive oil, tahini (a Middle Eastern Sesame paste, which can be found in the International aisle of your grocery store or in a Middle Eastern grocery store), lemon juice, garlic, spices and some water to thin it out. The spices can even be adjusted to your taste. If you like spicy, make it spicy. If you eat it at work and don’t want garlic breath for the rest of the day, use less garlic.

Ingredients in blender

The ingredients get pureed in a food processor or with an immersion blender, which is what I use (great tool by the way, I use mine almost daily). At this point, you can either eat it right away if you’re short on time, or stick it in the fridge for half an hour for the flavors to meld, which makes it taste better. 

Even though it’s extremely easy to make hummus, it is possible to mess it up. In the past, I have added too much salt on more than one occasion (I use a salt grinder, so it’s hard to measure). If this happens, the only thing you can really do to save it is to add extra of all the other ingredients to “dilute” the excess salt you added, and you might as well just make it a double recipe. 

This is one of those recipes that’s great to use when you find out that you have people coming over tonight. You can whip it up right before they come, and by the time everyone’s ready for a snack, it’s done melding.

What you serve with it with is totally up to you. Fresh pita is a great choice, but I prefer raw vegetables. Crackers or pita chips is another option.

As I mentioned before, hummus is a great healthy snack option. It’s high in protein and fiber, so it will keep you feeling full longer. However, it’s not exactly a low calorie food, so you do still have to watch your portion sizes, especially if you’re eating it with pita or crackers.

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Hummus
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
This hummus is delicious, healthy and very easy to make.
Author: Domestic Dreamboat
Ingredients
  • 15 oz can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove medium garlic crushed
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 1/8 tsp smoked paprika optional
  • 1/4 cup water *See note*
Instructions
  1. Puree all ingredients together using a food processor or immersion blended. The hummus can be eaten right away, but it is best to cover it and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Recipe Notes
Note: You may need more or less water to achieve your desired texture. Start off by pureeing all other ingredients first, then add water 1 Tbsp at a time until you get the consistency you want.

 

Hummus Nutrition Label

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Lois
    February 27, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    How long will it keep in the fridge?

    • Reply
      Carissa
      February 28, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      I wouldn’t think any of the ingredients are highly perishable, but I would say 5 days max to be on the safe side.

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    Nat
    March 1, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Do you know if it’s more cost effective to make hummus vs. buy? I always end up buying it out of convenience.

    • Reply
      Carissa
      March 1, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      This crossed my mind while I was writing the post. I didn’t actually do a cost analysis, but I would definitely say it’s cheaper to make – a can of chickpeas generally costs well under a dollar and it makes up the bulk of the recipe. The only expensive ingredient is the tahini (I think I paid $6-7 for mine) but it lasts for many recipes. I’m not sure exactly how much it costs to buy hummus, I’m thinking $4-5.

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