HUMMUS is wonderful! It's so versatile - it's delicious, a good source of protein, healthier than many dips, comes in all sorts of flavors, and is so easy to make. Yes people, you CAN make your own hummus! It's super simple, it only takes a matter of minutes and you get to control what is in it! If I had to give you a recipe I would direct you HERE, but don't over complicate this.
Here's what I do. In my food processor I add a can of drained, rinsed chickpeas - also known as garbanzo beans, some minced garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper. I do this all to taste. I like mine with a little more lemon juice than most. Turn on your food processor and slowly add water until it gets to the right consistency. You can use olive oil instead of water but who needs the extra calories?? Almost all recipes you find will call for tahini, I do not like tahini at all so I never use it.
I personally like just plain, traditional hummus. However, you can make this in whatever flavor you like. Sometimes I add in some cumin, roasted red peppers and a few dashes of hot sauce. Or olives and feta cheese. There's a white bean and roasted garlic variation in the link posted above that sounds really good too.
Remember when I mentioned that Hummus is versatile? It really is! It's good as a dip for veggies - I love it with pepper strips or baby carrots, it's awesome in place of mayo on sandwiches, it's amazing with homemade pita chips*, it's delicious to make Greek nachos*, heck - it's yummy on a spoon!!
THIS is my latest favorite recipe using it, it's from the Forks over Knives cookbook. I make it in a tortilla like a quesadilla.
You can add anything you like really. This one has hummus, spinach and roasted red peppers. Just cook til it's warmed, fold over and eat. Slice some cucumbers while it's cooking and you've got a healthy, cheaper spin on "fast food" right in your kitchen. Wraps are super simple - spread a soft tortilla with a layer of hummus, add whatever fillings you like, roll it up and there you go.
Homemade pita chips are just as easy to make as hummus is! Buy a pack of pita's, cut them into 8th's, place on a pan, brush or spray with olive oil, sprinkle on some salt and pepper, and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. If you want flavored ones you can sprinkle on whatever you want - garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, cumin, etc... Here's a pretty basic recipe for them as well.
Greek nachos - this may be something I made up lol. You can use homemade pita chips, or tortilla chips if you prefer. Top them with hummus, olives, diced up roasted red peppers and some feta cheese. Bake in the oven until warmed through and cheese is soft. YUM!
I hope you all start making your own hummus! It's so easy, and so good!!