I had a dream last night where I was planning our dinner for the night. First off, it was sad I was dreaming about planning dinner. Secondly, in my dream, my child was small again and to my surprise was asking for hummus. What’s hummus? It disturbs me to do a little research on the subject and it all began with a simple definition.
Once”Googling” the term hummus (also spelled houmous, hommus, or humus), I have found that hummus is a dip made up mainly of sesame seed paste and chickpea paste. Common flavoring additives include lemon juice, paprika, garlic and olive oil.
Being frugal, I was also astounded at how economical this versatile dip could be! You can create your own hummus by soaking dried chickpeas overnight and then simmering them for about an hour. Once they are cooked, you grind them in a food processor or hand mixer with a little olive oil and lemon juice. You might also add some of the chickpea broth till you’ve got the desired”dip-like” consistency. Add garlic, salt, parsley, onion, cumin, or chili powder to taste. You may use hummus as a dip for vegetables, tortilla chips or flatbread making this an incredibly versatile staple!
Hummus is also extremely rich in protein, iron and fiber that makes it a real vegetarian’s dream. Make a spicy hummus by adding chopped jalapenos and serve with chopped taco shells. Make an Italian hummus with the addition of fresh basil and chopped tomatoes. Stuff pita shells with hummus, add a little lettuce and create a tasty alternative to the normal peanut butter and jelly. The options are endless!