I have the following thought once a week: “What if broccoli tasted like cheese? Life would be so easy.” So understandably, I’m kind of obsessed with anything that tastes good and is actually healthy; it’s like a culinary miracle. Shh. Hummus has a not-so-secret admirer.
I’ve observed, in my 22 years of life that there’s a mean little snack monster in all of us. It starts around 4 o’clock in the evening for me. It’s too early for dinner, too late for lunch. The monster starts to grumble and whine. Some people choose to ignore it; I say, feed the monster and keep it happy with pre-planned healthy snacks. I listen to my body (that’s a weird thing to say, Ritika) and it tells me I’m hungry for something savory every evening at 4 PM. Now that I know it’s coming, I can plan for it and avoid an unfortunate binge eating incident. (Come on, it’s happened to all of us).
Hummus. I don’t remember what life was like before I tried it; I don’t want to remember. It’s no secret that I love all things chickpea. But hummus? A wondrous creation that I credit to the Middle Eastern region of the world. I eat it with carrots, crackers, pita, in wraps, on sandwiches…need I go on? Yep, I love hummus. This recipe is simple, healthy, and made in 30 minutes or less! Try it with my recipe for healthy whole wheat pita chips!
- ½ cup sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 tablespoons water
- ⅛ teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 4 cloves of garlic, peeled
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
- juice of ½ a lemon
- ½ teaspoon red chili flakes
- 3 tablespoons tahini paste
- ¼ cup water
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- In a small frying pan, toast the sesame seeds until lightly browned and fragrant (about 5 minutes on medium high heat). Wait for sesame seeds to cool before proceeding
- In a grinder, pulse sesame seeds into a crumbly mixture. Add canola oil and water and pulse into a paste
- In a food processor, add all ingredients except for ¼ cup water and pulse until smooth. Slowly add water to yield desired consistency