Hummus. Meh, I used to say. Tried it once and was not a fan. Over the years people have tried to feed it to me and I was always said:
Then one day my honey brought home two Trader Joe’s hummuses. I as per usual was reluctant to try and he knew I didn’t like hummus. Jay promised I would like them, so I decided to try them. There was an eggplant hummus and an olive hummus. And you know what? I freakin loved them both! I couldn’t believe it, me hummus? They were tasty and some kind of like some the expensive spreads we buy. So, I was hooked! It was a blessing in many ways, not only did I have a new healthy snack to eat, but I finally had something I could do with all those leftover garbanzo beans I kept having.
I was experimenting with egg replacements for my baking, and I have found the water from garbanzo beans in the can was the best! Garbanzo fluff I believe most call it. Of course, I’m not a big fan of canned foods, but sometimes I make the compromise. Anywhoo, better than messing with a bunch of lovely hens and their eggs, so there. Hence, I had all this left-over garbanzo beans and I finally had a great use for them!
Now in baking you must be very precise and do things a particular way. Not true for cooking! I mean, some chefs may tell you cooking must be precise, but it’s not really true. You are cooking for yourself and loved ones, have fun, experiment, do whatever. I have found things taste much better if it was made with some fun and love. Making this hummus is easy and fun! Just five ingredients! So...
don’t worry, be happy!
One can garbanzo beans (or two cups cooked garbanzo beans) drained and rinsed
One jar pitted olives (about 6 oz of olives -keep the olive juice)
Few cloves of garlic
Spring of cilantro (rinsed)
Pinch of salt (I like the pink Himalayan salt)
Grab your food processor.
What? Well, if you don’t have one, get one. They are invaluable in the kitchen. Otherwise you can do some chopping and mashing on your own, which works well too. Or maybe you have one of those freaky new fangled blenders used for smoothies. My little brother has one, and it sounds like it could crush bone! Ah! Ok here we go:
Take the top portion of the cilantro and chop it up in the food processor until small pieces, maybe a minute.
Then add the peeled garlic (more or less depending on your love of garlic.). Pulse until small pieces.
Now add the garbanzo beans. Pulse until too dry to move, scrap down the sides.
Add the olives and half of the olives juice. If it seems still too dry, add a bit more olive juice.
Lastly, add salt to taste.
That’s it! Bam, you are done! Told you it was easy. Now if you want to make it creamier, you can add like a tablespoon of olive oil. Or even some spices. What spices? I don’t know, experiment till you find what tastes good to you. This is a great little snack that keeps me from eating ice-cream and cookies all the time. Now I have something in the fridge ready to go. When I am hangry (waited too long to eat, now my brain can’t cope with life), I haven’t the patience for making food, so it’s important for me to have some ready-made stuff that is healthy to snack on. Some toast or cracks, side veggies, you have got yourself a healthy little meal!
I'm having a little brunch here with some of my hummus. I like putting pumpkin seeds on it, along with chopped up bell pepper. I like a side of cucumber and carrots. and deepening on how I'm feeling, eat the veggies with a squeeze of lime drizzled on them, or some dressing dip. And some tea and oatmeal for dessert. Yes, I still love dessert!
However, one cannot live on hummus alone, so next week, another yummy new snack to try! Thank so much for reading! Let me know how you like the hummus!