Hummus

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Hummus is another thing that I make at least once a week, and I always double the recipe… can you see a pattern here?! Chickpeas are high in fibre and protein, they also contain iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, potassium, vitamins B6, C  and K amongst other nutrients. They are little nutritional powerhouses!

Yes, you can buy hummus from the shops and there are many different options, but if you look at the ingredients label, in most cases, you will find something you don’t recognise like thickener, acidity regulator, food acids and preservatives. If you don’t know what it is, do you really want to eat it?

It’s surprisingly easy to make your own and you’ll know exactly what is in it!

Sometimes I make mine with the stick blender, the beauty of this is I make it in the plastic container that I’ll be storing it in, so there’s not even a bowl to wash up at the end! You can also make it in a high speed blender, like the ones I use for my smoothies or in a food processor.

So, here’s the recipe for an easy, super tasty hummus:

1 tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

2 tbsp tahini

1 clove garlic

2-3 tbsp lemon juice

2-3 tbsp water

1/2 tsp salt

You just need to blitz everything together, starting with 2tbsp water and adding more if it’s too thick.

So, you now have a delicious hummus but feel free to add a little extra lemon juice or garlic to suit your tastes, or if you prefer a bit of spice, a teaspoon of cumin or some black pepper.

If I have leftover pumpkin in the fridge I’ll add that to make it sweet and even more nutritious. Sometimes I’ll add nutritional yeast, which is a seasoning with a salty, cheesy taste.

This recipe is so versatile that you can even use cannellini or butter beans to replace the chickpeas for a slightly different flavour.

Once you’ve tried making your own hummus I guarantee that you won’t want to buy store bought again as it just doesn’t taste as good and it’s definitely cheaper.

Don’t just think that hummus is a dip either, you can add it to salads, hummus sandwiches or wraps are delicious and a regular lunchbox addition for my kids, you can dollop it onto a baked potato, spread it on rice cakes or even use it as a base layer for pizza, makes a nice change from tomato.

Did you know in America that chickpeas are called “garbanzo beans”  … they sound like way more fun than chickpeas!

Let me know if you try making your own hummus!

Sue xx

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