Lately I've been making a lot of fresh homemade hummus. We absolutely love hummus at our house. We eat it with fresh veggies, on bread and with homemade pita chips! We used to buy hummus at the store but quickly realized how expensive it is. I couldn't believe how cheap and easy it is to make! I have experimented with many different recipes and have developed my own concoction that works for me!
1/4 cup water
1 cup drained canned chickpeas
1 tsp minced garlic
2 tbs lemon juice
5 tbs olive oil
1/4 cup peanut butter ( you can also use tahini, but it's harder to find and more expensive)
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (only if you like a little kick!)
Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth! Add more water or olive oil if the consistency is too thick. If you refrigerate for an hour or so, it will thicken a bit!
Homemade Pita Chips
3-4 whole wheat tortillas OR pita bread
2 tbs olive oil
1 tsp garlic salt
Cut tortillas or pita bread into triangles or rectangles. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle garlic salt over pita pieces and toss until well covered. Bake on a cookie sheet at 425 for about 5-8 minutes (flip pieces over 1/2 way through). Keep an eye on it because they easily burn!
**Hummus is a great protein enriched food for toddlers. Lula rarely eats meat or eggs (because she refuses it), but she loves hummus spread on whole wheat bread. I can take some comfort knowing that she is getting protein from something!
Enjoy a healthy snack!!