You know what my toddler’s favorite food is? Hummus. You open the fridge and she starts this kind of whisper chant in her raspy voice with her little gap tooth lisp, “hummuth, hummuth, hummuth.” Even when she can’t see the hummus in the fridge, she knows it’s there and she knows she wants it. She eats it by the spoonful or she loves to dip snap peas in it and just suck all the hummus off.
Her love for this chickpea puree started pretty much as soon as she started eating real food. We’ve always got some in the house, usually accompanied by a big batch of homemade vegan tabbouleh. Hummus and tabbouleh pita sandwiches with cucumbers or whatever veggies we’ve got lying around is basically my favorite lazy lunch ever.
It’s also something that I can feed my toddler and feel good about. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no granola mom. Not that there’s anything wrong with granola moms. In fact I’d LOVE to be one. It’s my dream to be one. I’d love to feed her all organic, local, grass fed, vegan foods all the time. And while I’m at it, I’d love to prepare them in our half million dollar chef grade kitchen with antique white shaker style cupboards and white quartz countertops imported from Italy. I’d also love a housekeeper and an Olympic size swimming pool. But that’s just not my reality right now.
The other day I fed her vanilla ice cream and strawberry galette for breakfast. And I had a big plate of the same thing. That’s my reality right now. She also had ice cream two more times that day. Most of the time she eats good, but once in a while we like to let her indulge her sweet tooth. And then run it off at the park of course. We are lucky because she loves fruit. But she’s not big into veggies so I like make this hummus because I know she’ll be getting a good healthy serving of fiber and protein from all the garbanzo beans and tahini.
So back to the “hummuth”… It’s creamy, dreamy and delicious. It’s the easiest thing ever to make; your food processor basically does everything for you. You can add roasted red pepper, roasted garlic, fresh herbs-the world is your oyster! So use this recipe as your blueprint for your next back of homemade hummus!Print
This simple, homemade hummus is loaded with fiber and protein. It’s healthy AND delicious, which means you can feel good about feeding it to your family.
- 2 (15 oz.) cans chickpeas
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 cloves garlic
- large pinch Kosher salt
- 6 tablespoons water
- smoked paprika
- fresh chopped parsley
- Add all ingredients except water to a food processor. Start processing and slowly pour in water. You can add more or less depending on the consistency your prefer. Process for a few minutes or until mixture is smooth and creamy.
- Garnish with paprika and parsley and serve with your favorite dippers-pita chips, snap peas, carrots, whatever you love!
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