It seems like hummus is everywhere these days. And for good reason!
Packed full of protein, it’s one of the healthiest and most satisfying dips around. All you need is a few veggies or some warm pita to serve.
Hummus is a popular appetizer in Lebanese cuisine — no mezze is complete without a bowl of creamy hummus on the table.
It’s super easy to prepare and uses only 5 ingredients. Simply just let the food processor do all the work, you can have it ready within 10 minutes.
Once you’ve made it once, you’ll definitely think twice before forking your hard-earned money out on the expensive stuff you see in the supermarkets (which never tastes quite as good anyway).
Is hummus healthy?
This is an emphatic yes – particularly if you’ve used your own fresh ingredients!
Chickpeas are a great plant-based protein, containing significant amounts of all the essential amino acids and fiber. If you’re trying to lose weight, eating extra fiber can help feelings of fullness and consequently reduce the amount of calories you consume. They are rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, as well as healthy unsaturated fats.
Tahini is essentially a paste made of finely ground sesame seeds mixed with a little oil. It’s high in healthy unsaturated fats and contains more phytosterols than many other nuts and seeds, which are useful for lowering cholesterol. Tahini is an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals, including manganese, copper, calcium and iron.
So don’t be shy when it comes to hummus – it’s a great food your body will love.
- 800 g chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 80 g tahini
- 1 juice of lemon
- 2 garlic cloves
- ½ tsp salt
- olive oil, for drizzling