Sunday, May 25, 2014

Make your own hummus!

Photo courtesy of Vitamix.com 
The FDA has recently recalled several dips, including hummus, sold at Target and Trader Joe's stores throughout the country. This doesn't mean you shouldn't eat hummus. It means you should make your own! Making your own hummus is super easy and a great way to monitor what you're eating. Here's our favorite recipe:

















Hummus

2 cups dried chickpeas
1/2 - 1 cup chickpea boiling water
1/4 cup raw sesame seeds
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 garlic clove, peeled
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt, to taste

Place the chickpeas in a medium pot. Cover with water so there's about 1-2 inches above the chickpeas. Cover and bring the pot to a boil, boil for 5-10 minutes and then remove from heat. Let stand for about an hour to fully cook the beans. After the hour, drain the beans but keep up to a cup of the water.

Combine all ingredients in a blender such as a Vitamix, except for the water.

Process the hummus continuously until it becomes very smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to integrate any large chunks and add the water a tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency.

Serve with veggies, pita chips, crackers, etc. You can add things like roasted red peppers, chipotle powder, etc., as you're blending the hummus for variety. One of our favorite add-ins is pureed pumpkin. Check out our recipe here. Enjoy!!


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