A Little History…
Hummus is dish popular in the Mediterranean & Middle East. Some say that it is one of the oldest prepared foods in the world. The word ‘hummus’ actually means chick pea in Arabic. The full Arabic name of the prepared dish is ‘Hummus Bi Tahina’ which simply means chickpea with tahini (sesame seed butter). Different countries serve it with varying condiments, everything from cucumbers to yogurt, but no matter where you are hummus is a delicious and nutritious snack or sandwich spread. It’s always a favorite at every party that I serve it!
What You’ll Need:
A Large Kitchen Bowl
A Sharp Kitchen Knife
A Food Processor
Measuring Cups & Spoons
2 Tsp Garlic, Minced
1 Tsp Sea Salt
A Few Shakes of Hot Sauce to Taste
1 (15 ounce) Can Organic Chickpeas, Drained
1/3 Cup Well-Stirred Organic Tahini (Sesame Seed Paste)
Juice of 1 Lemon (Or To Personal Taste)
1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup fresh parsley, cilantro or basil (Or a combination of the three)
How To Put It Together:
1) In a food processor, process the chickpeas until smooth-ish. The consistency will get smother with the addition of the other ingredients, so don’t get obsessed with trying to get a perfectly smooth paste
2) Add the tahini and process until it’s thoroughly mixed. Add the garlic, the lemon juice, salt and hot sauce and blend.
3) With the food processor running, add the olive oil through the pour spout of the processor, in a steady stream. Now is when you check the consistency of the spread — it should thick and smooth.
4) Now add the chopped herbs to your large kitchen bowl and move your hummus from the food processor to the bowl. Fold the herbs into the hummus.
5) Transfer the hummus to a covered container and refrigerate for at least an hour.
Nina’s Tasty Tip:
This dip is even yummier the second day!
If you don’t have the hour for the flavors to marry because you have received unexpected guests, don’t worry….This dip has tremendous flavors the moment you mix it!
• 144 Calories
• 4 grams of Protein
• 13 grams of Total Carbohydrates
• 0 grams of Sugar
• 3 grams of Fiber
• 9 grams of Total Fat
• 1 gram of Saturated Fat
• 0 grams of Trans Fat
• 0 mg of Cholesterol
• 380 mg of Sodium
• 23% RDA Manganese
• 18% RDA Copper
• 16% RDA Sodium
• 14% RDA Vitamin B6
• 10% RDA Folate
• 11% RDA Iron
• Glycemic load: 5