I had a dream last night where I was planning our dinner for the night. First off, it was sad that 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 bit of research on the topic and it all began with a simple definition.
Once”Googling” the word hummus (also spelled houmous, hommus, or humus), I have discovered that hummus is a dip made up mostly of sesame seed paste and chickpea paste. Common flavoring additives include lemon juice, paprika, garlic and olive oil. Largely a accepted food in the Middle East, hummus’ popularity is quickly spreading throughout the world.
Being frugal, I was amazed at how cheap this versatile dip can be! You can create your own hummus by soaking dried chickpeas overnight and then simmering them for about one hour. After they are cooked, then you grind them in a food processor or hand mixer with a little olive oil and lemon juice. You may also add some of the chickpea broth until you’ve got the desired”dip-like” consistency. You may use hummus as a dip for veggies, tortilla chips or flatbread which makes this an incredibly versatile staple!
Hummus can be extremely rich in protein, fiber and iron which 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 make a tasty alternative to the normal peanut butter and jelly. The possibilities are endless!