Uncategorized

Recipe Friday – Homemade Hummus

March 24, 2017
Hummus dip

Homemade Hummus

Homemade hummus is one of our favorites! It’s always a winner when we bring it to gatherings. But even better than that, it’s so easy and quick to make and the result is the best tasting, fresh hummus! Seriously, you just pop all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend. What’s easier than that?

Hummus is mainly made from chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) and they have so many health benefits! Chickpeas provide a rich source of protein without the high calories or saturated fats found in meat. They are also a great source of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. Studies have shown that insoluble fiber helps to produce bulk and prevent constipation and soluble fiber helps to regulate blood sugar. Regular intake of chickpeas have shown to lower LDL levels and contain significant amounts of magnesium, folate, maganese and iron. Finally, chickpeas contain saponins, which act as antioxidants and can lower the risk of breast cancer and osteoporosis and protect agains hot flashes in menopausal women.

Hummus Ingredients

hummus and veggies

Hummus and chickpeas

Hummus and veggies

 

Homemade Hummus

We love this recipe from simple-veganista. You can adjust the recipe to suit your own taste and consistency. We tend to use less garlic and more lemon for a hummus that is slightly more tart. If used as a sauce for roasted veggies, we like to add more water to make it smoother and more dressing-like.

Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)(15 0z), drained and rinsed or 1 1/2 cups cooked
  • 4 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/4 cup water (+ 2 tablespoons as needed)
  • 1 small garlic clove or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • juice of 1 or 2 lemons, to taste
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon roasted pine nuts, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon himalayan salt, or to taste

Place all ingredients in food processor and blend until desired consistency. Taste for flavor adding anything here and there that you like….garlic, lemon, salt, cumin. Depending on the size of your lemons or how many you used, you may like to add the extra 2 tablespoons of water for slightly thinner consistency. I used all the water for the recipe pictured here.

Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to a week or so.

Notes: 

You can use 2 tablespoon tahini + 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil if you like. Or you can use all olive oil omitting the tahini all together and still have a great hummus. Keep in mind the olive oil will slightly color the hummus, but not in a bad way.

willow-living-signature

Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Photography: Coco Iv

 

DIY Mason Jar Noodles
Food & Drink Friday Recipe

Recipe Friday – DIY Noodle Jars

We don’t have to convince any of you what a great lunch instant noodle cups are despite the lack of nutrition. Today we made a healthier version that was really easy! The idea is so close to the instant noodle cups that you are used to…

February 25, 2017
Hot Cacao
Food & Drink Friday Recipe

Recipe Friday – Cacao Hot Chocolate

Just when it started to warm up, it’s predicted to storm. Since cold winter days and hot chocolate go hand in hand, we wanted to find a healthier hot chocolate to share. Raw cacao is less processed form of chocolate and it is the ingredient from which chocolate…

February 17, 2017