Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Sometimes I feel like the last person to know about a good thing: this time its hummus. Oh sure, I've heard about it for years and thought, Gee that sounds delightful! I love chick peas and sesame seeds, so whats not to love about hummus? I even went so far as to make some once, with out a recipe, as is the Kitchen Witches style. The results were less than favorable so I didn't return to hummus land for a long, long time.

I scored a bag of Stacey's pita chips for FREE recently (thank you Stacey's facebook fan page). As luck would have it I was scrounging through my cupboards and discovered a can of chick peas. Just like that the spell was cast. I'd make hummus. But this time I'd figure out what I was supposed to do before just winging it, and maybe I too could get in on the hummus bandwagon, just as it pulls away from the station.

The results this time around, with a little research under my belt, were amazing. So good that I bought more hummus making materials and I plan on it becoming an integral part of my lunch time routine. My lunch sandwich will consist of whole wheat pita bread, 2 heaping tablespoons of hummus, lettuce, cucumber, tomato and feta cheese. Low calorie, lots of vegetables and meat free. Ding ding ding, we have a winner!

makes 8 servings
1 can chick peas, drained, reserve 1/4 c of the liquid
1 lemon, zested and juiced
2 cloves garlic
1 t ground cumin seed
1 t kosher salt (more or less depending on taste)
few grinds pepper
3 T tahini

Put everything in the work bowl of a food processor. Run it for about 5 minutes, scraping down sides every minute, or until you have a very smooth and thick paste.

Really, that's it! If you don't have a food processor you could try to use a blender but honestly, I don't know if it'd work, this is a pretty thick paste so the blender might not process it properly. If you try the hummus in a blender please let me know how it turns out!

Nutrition Facts provided by Spark People recipe calculator
8 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 119.7
Total Fat 5.5 g
Saturated Fat 0.7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.9 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.6 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 467.8 mg
Potassium 136.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 14.9 g
Dietary Fiber 3.1 g
Sugars 0.2 g
Protein 3.9 g


Tonya said...

Staci says you're her "Colorado Tonya". I think she's right. We may have been separated at birth.

I am obsessed with hummus. Last summer I think I tried a dozen different recipes. Smoky Chipotle Hummus ( was the best one. Make sure you only use 1 chipotle pepper in sauce, not the whole can. It's not that clear in the recipe. This is so good. I took it to a family get-together. No one would have tried Hummus so I told them it was spicy bean dip - which it especially is. They ate it up and loved it. This is my go-to hummus recipe for summer yard parties. Mmmmm.

Tonya said...

Also, blender works OK. Not great, but good enough if you don't have a food processor. I actually went out and bought a food processor just to make hummus. I have found other uses for it since, but its still more or less a hummus making machine at our house.

Shelly said...

Andrea, this is awesome! My hummus recipe is a LOT more fattening than this. So now I have a healthier version, which means I can make it a lot more!

anthony stemke said...

ding ding ding indeed, loved it. gonna try the chipotle one too. thanks.

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