This is my recipe for a deliciously healthy hummus, of course with some interesting variations and colours too. There’s more to hummus than just a dip, so check out the variations below. I like my hummus to have a creamy consistency, but if you prefer it a little course, then just process it less.
What’s so good about it?
The chickpeas are a high fibre, protein rich legume with a decent mineral profile (including good amounts of iron). The tahini is also a good source of protein and very rich in calcium. The lemon, garlic, and spices will strengthen your immune responses and the olive oil is a rich source of monounsaturated fat. Why wouldn’t you eat it?
WARNING! Most shop bought hummus, contain dangerous vegetable oils, so please make your own. For more about why you must avoid vegetable oils, click here.
Makes about a cup and a half
425gram can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
½ – 1 clove garlic, finely diced or crushed
4 tablespoons hulled tahini (halve if using unhulled)
Juice one lemon, zest optional
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon cumin powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
Two good pinches of sea salt
Black pepper to taste
Roast beetroot hummus
Add a small roasted beetroot and a tablespoon of yogurt to your processor for a pretty pink, very nourishing dip. This is lovely with coriander leaves too.
Carrot or pumpkin hummus
Add steamed or roasted carrot or pumpkin and process through with the other ingredients.
Blend through some greens, either herbs like coriander or basil, or even kale or spinach.
Make a sauce or dressing
Mix equal parts hummus to yogurt and use as a sauce over lamb, chicken, fish, vegetables or salad. You may also like to add a little extra lemon or some lime. Add a teaspoon of cumin for a lovely Moroccan or Indian accent.
Spread on toast with slices of tomato and /or a mound of leafy greens, is delicious and a very healthy breakfast, lunch or snack. You can even add a poached egg for extra protein.
How do you eat your hummus? Add your suggestions below, I’d love to hear from you.
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