Superfood: Hummus

September 7, 2009 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

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Despite a sometimes overly busy lifestyle, we try to eat healthy, unprocessed, responsibly produced foods. We’re definitely not perfect, but there are a few recipes and habits that are making it easier to live up to the goal of wholesome eating. One of those is homemade hummus! Everyone likes it. It’s cheap to make and easy, and good for vegetarians (including vegans), and those with aversions to gluten, nuts and dairy.

I love hummus on so many things. I’ve started using it on sandwiches and portobello burgers instead of mayo. Hummus is also a perfect snack served with veggies, rice crackers, pita bread or tortilla chips.

How to make:

Soak 1-1/2 cups of dried chickpeas in cold water overnight. Rinse them, put in a small covered pan with about 6 cups of water. Boil until the chickpeas are soft, usually about 90 minutes. I prefer dried beans over canned because they’re cheaper and also because the lining of tin cans contains the chemical BPA.

When the chickpeas are soft, drain them, put them into a bowl and add the juice of 1-2 lemons along with 2-3 cloves of minced garlic (more if you like) and about 2 tablespoons of canola oil. You can either mash them with a potato masher or put them in a blender or food processor. Season with a bit of salt and pepper. Serve as a dip with crackers, chips and vegetables, and store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 1 week as a condiment for sandwiches and burgers.

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