Making Hummus

A few days ago, I talked about making nut butter in the food processor and I said not to wash it out yet.  Today’s hummus is why.  The little bit of almond butter we left in the bowl of the food processor will be incorporated into our hummus as we add the other ingredients.

Why?

Hummus is a great snack nearly on its own (with crackers or vegetables (our favorites are carrots and celery, although broccoli is really good one too).  It’s good for you and tastes great!  You can mix in a lot of different things, like roasted bell peppers, pesto, or chile and lime.  It makes a great spread for bagels in place of cream cheese.  There’s research that indicates chick peas might help reduce cancer risk and/or reduce cholesterol.

What?

  • 2 cans of chick peas (garbanzo beans) – drain one, but not the other.
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 clove (1 tsp) minced garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp or so nut butter (almond, peanut, etc. – left in the bowl from making it fresh)

Optional mix-ins:

  • Roasted red peppers or
  • Pesto or
  • Tapenade or
  • Use your imagination!

How?

Simple!  Put everything in the still-dirty food processor and turn it on.  When you’re happy with the consistency, turn off the food processor.  You’ll find that when it’s warm, it’s a bit thinner than you might be accustomed to.  After you turn it out into a container and refrigerate it, it will thicken up.

That’s all there is to it!  The better the ingredients, the better it turns out.  We try to use organic chick peas without added salt, as well as the freshest garlic we can get.  Now that we have enough hummus and nut butter for the week, we can wash that food processor.

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