A SIMPLE HUMMUS
This is a win on so many levels! I have spent far too much money on hummus, since I used to buy it weekly. What I also noticed was the wasted plastic that was racking up, unnecessarily in the recycling bin. All I had to read was about the listeria bacteria scares to push me into making this dish on my own each week! ...and it is soo easy...
All of the quantities of the ingredients can be played with to suit your own tastes and diet.
16 oz. Cooked garbanzo beans
a few Tablespoons of Tahini
a couple cloves of Garlic
Juice of one Lemon and lemon zest (of an organic lemon)
Olive Oil (I don't use this in mine, I substitute it with water)
salt to taste
cumin, cayenne, paprika, chipotle seasoning
First begin by removing the skin on the Chick Pea (Garbanzo Bean). You can do this by pinching the bean in between your thumb, index and middle fingers. This is not a necessary step, but it makes the Hummus smooth. Set the skinned peas aside in a separate bowl. This is a great step to do while listening to a friend, a book on tape or your kids when they get home...if they are old enough, they can do it!
Chop or crush a few cloves of garlic. Garlic is a mainstay of hummus, but if your diet does not include garlic, omit it from this recipe. You can substitute with onion, add some other spices at the end or just enjoy the taste of the chickpeas.
Throw the chick peas and garlic into the food processor and blend for about 10-15 seconds.
Add in the lemon. If you have used an organic lemon, grate a little zest of the lemon (only the yellow part, not including the white part of the lemon - which is bitter).
Add the Tahini and blend for a few more seconds. Gradually continue blending and add water to smooth out the hummus. Some add more oil, this is not for me, as I prefer lower-fat hummus (the tahini adds enough fat in my opinion), but of course do so if you wish.
And you have instant Yum! Many people dress their hummus with a swirl of olive oil and sprinkle a little paprika on top; for me, it is perfect just..like..this!