Yummy Hummy!

I have tried out many different hummus recipes and most of them simply don’t taste that good, or don’t have the right texture. As an Armenian, I’m pretty serious about my hummus… so I finally got a great recipe from my best friend (with a couple of my own tweaks):

What you need:

          -1 ¾ Cup OR 1 Can of Garbanzo Beans 

          -1/3 cup Tahini (I make mine at home to avoid buying anything processed)

          – 4 Garlic Cloves

          – Dash of Cumin (I don’t always add)

          – Juice from 2 regular sized lemons or 1 large lemon

          – Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

 

If using raw garbanzo beans:

         – Let beans soak in water at room temperature, over night or for 6-8 hours

         – Add beans to a pot of water and let simmer for 1-2 hours until cooked

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To make the Tahini at home, here is what you need:

         – 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

         – ½ teaspoon sesame oil (I used Olive Oil instead)

         – ¼ Teaspoon Salt (Preferably Himalayan)

         – ¼ cup lukewarm water

First, add Sesame seeds to blender and blend until smooth.  Then Add olive oil and the salt and blend again, until combined. The last step is to slowly add in the water, as the blender is on until smoothed out.

To Make Hummus:

Combine all ingredients in your blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. ( I prefer mine a little chunkier, so just blend until you get the texture you like best).

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NOTE: Add a pinch of Cayenne Pepper & Paprika and top with a drizzle of Olive Oil for an even tastier snack.

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 LAVOSH CHIPS:

To Make your own Lavosh Chips to go along with the hummus just cut lavosh bread into bite size pieces, preheat your oven to 425 and spray olive or coconut oil on the bread, leave it in the oven for 5 mins, then flip, spray again with oil and after another 5 minutes in the oven, they are ready for dipping.

 

Why make hummus at home?

Everyone knows hummus is a generally healthy snack. Making it at home is the best way for your body to get all the greatness that hummus has to offer.

Garbanzo Beans:

            -Have lots of fiber

           – Antioxidants

           – Helps regulate blood sugar

           – Helps with digestive support

           – Good source of protein

Sesame Seeds:

           – Great source of Calcium, Dietary Fiber, Magnesium, Iron, Vitamin B1, Maganese

           – One of the few vegetables with Zinc (great for bone health)

           – Has Copper, which is good for Rheumatoid Arthritis and helps reduce pain & swelling)

If you read the ingredients of the hummus sold at stores, ALL the brands use everything other than olive oil to make their hummus… hummus is supposed to be made with olive oil, not canola, safflower, sunflower, or any of that. The sad truth is that all of these oils are processed and FULL of chemicals. When shopping for olive oil make sure to only buy Extra Virgin and nothing containing the words “pure” or “purified”.. this is a trick to make you think it’s true olive oil when in reality it is the olive pits left over from making actual olive oil, that big refineries buy from olive oil farms and refine, process, add chemicals for extraction until they can call their product olive oil too, they just have to mention purified on the label, which can be VERY misleading. 

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