A Great Hummus Recipe – with Variations!

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE hummus. It is tasty, satisfying and something I reach for if I am feeling munchy because it it fills me up! I often eat it on organic tortilla chips (my addiction), carrots or cucumbers. It also makes a great replacement on sandwiches or wraps instead of using icky-ingredient-filled mayonnaise.

Here is a great recipe for hummus that I received from my friend Meredith who gave me permission to share it. It has been the best hummus recipe I have found so far. Many of the ingredients can be altered based on your preference (I always add more garlic!) so it is very versatile! I also usually double or triple the batch and then stick some in the freezer. Making extra is a GREAT way to keep your Real Food journey more simple and frugal – not to mention time-saving! I do it often!

I always use dry beans – for several reasons. First, I am leary of most canned items from the store because of the BPA they spray on the linings. Also, it is MUCH more frugal to buy dry beans. AND, it’s healthier. To learn more about why you’d want to soak your dry beans, read this article over at Healthy Home Economist.

Now that you are all educated on beans and soaking, here’s the recipe:

HUMMUS

2 cups garbanzo beans, soaked overnight and then cooked (Buy Beans Here)
5 Tbs. Tahini 
1/4 to 1/2 tsp real saltdepending on your taste (Buy Salt Here)
1/2 cup lemon juice
2-3 cloves of garlic (or more if you like)
1/4 cup water 
1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.
2. Add water a little at a time until it reaches desired consistency.
3. Serve and enjoy!

You can change it up a bit by adding any of these extra ingredients in any combination:

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 Tbs. chopped parsley (also as a garnish)

4 oz. chopped peppers (bell, jalapeno, habenero, chili, whatever your palate desires)

1/2 cup kalamata olives

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

 

This was shared at: Pennywise Platter, Raw Foods Thursday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Family Table Tuesday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays, Traditional Tuesdays

 

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