Chickpeas! Magical! With so many people trying to lose weight and get healthy we all seem to miss the boat on eating the right foods.
I make a killer hummus. Its a easy healthy recipe that I create not just for a traditional dip. I add such foods as black beans and do a salad, I do wraps with it, you can add it to for a topping on your veggies. Mix it in your stir fry!
The health benefits of chicks are top notch
As a RN I encourage people to eat foods that FILL them up and helps them with the sugar highs and lows. We are ruled by our cravings. Part of the issue is we arent use to eating a well balanced healthy and real food. Most Americans are processed! I really mean that. WE ARE PROCESSED! We live off of foods t hat aren't even REAL!
When you change the way you look at food and eat, you will notice so many changes in your appetite, your taste, your moods, and you feelings of real fullness!
Hummus is a great food that can help many people who struggle with weight control and appetite issues. When I add it to any meal...I FEEL FULL. It fills you up so quick;y! So many people use hummus just for dipping their chips or pita breads of veggies. That is fine for a snack but I add it to my stir fry veggies, I make a great concoction of fresh garden spoils with black bean and a who lop of hummus on top! You can roll it into your fresh tortilla! So many ideas! Be creative in t he use of your hummus. you will be adding more fiber which will help smooth out those cravings during the day!
YOU WILL NEED1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas or 1 1/2 cups (250 grams) cooked chickpeas
1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice (1 large lemon)
1/4 cup (60 ml) well-stirred tahini, see our homemade tahini recipe
1 small garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt to taste
2 to 3 tablespoons (30 to 45 ml) water
Dash ground paprika, for serving
DIRECTIONSIn the bowl of a food processor, combine the tahini and lemon juice and process for 1 minute, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl then process for 30 seconds more. This extra time helps “whip” or “cream” the tahini, making the hummus smooth and creamy.
Add the olive oil, minced garlic, cumin, and a 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the whipped tahini and lemon juice. Process for 30 seconds, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl then process another 30 seconds or until well blended.
Open, drain, and rinse the chickpeas. Add half of the chickpeas to the food processor and process for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of the bowl, then add remaining chickpeas and process until thick and quite smooth; 1 to 2 minutes.
Most likely the hummus will be too thick or still have tiny bits of chickpea. To fix this, with the food processor turned on, slowly add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water until you reach the perfect consistency.
Taste for salt and adjust as needed. Serve hummus with a drizzle of olive oil and dash of paprika. Store homemade hummus in an airtight container and refrigerate up to one week.