Have you ever noticed that some recipes have a bunch of stuff in them that just really aren’t necessary? Nothing could be truer for me than with hummus. The first time I made hummus, I looked up a recipe and followed it to the T. Chickpeas, check; tahini, check; olive oil, check. But as I started to dial some of the ingredients back to lower the calorie content, I discovered that the flavor didn’t really change, in other words, some items (I felt) were just unnecessary. I wasn’t sacrificing any flavor with the loss of ingredients.
So with that I give you my healthy hummus. Truth be told depending on the variation of the hummus I make, some ingredients do need to be brought back in for the texture and the flavor but for this plain hummus, totally not needed.
The cool thing with this plain hummus is that you can get super creative as it’s just a foundation. You can mix in sun dried tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, black olives, etc… try adding in toasted coriander, or curry powder… seriously you be as creative as you want AND know you’re actually being healthy! Oh and by the way, this plain hummus may be “plain” but by itself or with accoutrements, it is dang delicious.
Enjoy your protein packed hummus!
- 15.5 oz Can of Low Sodium Cooked Chickpeas
- 1 Small Garlic Clove
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- Juice from 1 Small Lemon
- 1 Thai Chili (Omit if you don’t like or can’t handle spicy)
- 1 TBS Roasted Sesame Seeds
- 5 TBS Water
- Rinse can chickpeas under cold running water and add to your food processor.
- Add in remaining ingredients and blend on high until smoooooooooth and silky.
SERVE IT: You can serve this hummus as-is or to be “fancy” I add about 1 tsp olive oil, a sprinkle of roasted sesame seeds and a dash of paprika. Serve alongside your favorite veggies and/or flatbread.
TIP: This hummus can be made in larger batches (just multiply the recipe) and store for the week. It’s a great way to meal prep or to pack for snacks. It’s also a superb potluck addition and won’t make people sick on a hot day like Aunt Sue’s rancid potato salad – just say’n.