Hummus, oh yummy hummus. My family loves hummus. Most times, I just grab a tub of hummus at Costco and we dip all kinds of veggies and crackers in it. However, my mother-in-law makes the BEST homemade hummus. We devour it.
Let me back up a minute.
My husband’s mother is from Mexico (yay- Mexican food!), but his father is Lebanese so my mother-in-law learned how to make various types of Mediterranean foods many years ago. About 8 years ago, she shared her recipe for Mexican rice with me and I perfected it within one making. She has since turned over to me the making of Mexican rice, which I am completely fine with but sometimes, I still want her to make the rice.
She lives with us, and is always teaching me how to make different things. She is not a measurer but more of a ‘little bit of this and a little bit of that‘ kind of cook. Whenever she teaches me something, I pick it up quickly and then I take over making it. She has been wanting to teach me the hummus recipe for a while but I have been resisting because I wasn’t ready to take it over. I know- wah wahhhhh.
But today, I had a craving for homemade hummus, I had all the ingredients to make it, my MIL was home and I was finally ready to tackle it on my own.
She stood by and told me what to do and it was simply the easiest recipe to pull together in short amount of time. I had barely finished it when my kids couldn’t stand to wait any longer and they tore into it. They didn’t wait for plates, they didn’t even wait for me to put it in a pretty dish- they dove in. I finally made them take a step back long enough for me to take it out of the blender and put it on a plate. It was gone in a flash!
The Best Ever 4-Ingredient Hummus
- 1 can of low sodium chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
- 2 T of tahini*
- 2 garlic cloves, whole or minced- doesn’t matter
- juice of one lemon
- salt to taste
- olive oil, paprika (optional)
Blend first four ingredients. If mixture too thick, add water bit by bit and blend. Keep adding small amounts of water and blending until you reach the desired consistency. Season with salt, to taste. Scoop onto pretty plate or dish. If desired, drizzle olive oil and sprinkle paprika on top. Use cut up veggies, crackers or wheat pita bread for dipping.
*Tahini is a paste made from ground, hulled sesame seeds used in North African, Greek, Iranian, Turkish, and Middle Eastern cuisine. I found tahini in our grocery store in the peanut butter section. You can also buy it at Mediterranean grocery stores and I bet places like Whole Foods carries it.)
So hummus is easy to make and it tastes delicious but did you know how incredibly awesome garbanzo beans are for you? Garbanzo beans are:
- Nutrient dense food
- High in protein
- High in fiber
- High in vitamins like manganese and folate
Go forth and enjoy!