Saturday, May 24, 2014

Say Goodbye to Store-Bought Hummus: DIY Recipes to Die For


If you love hummus, you were probably disappointed by the news of Hot Mama’s Foods voluntary recall last week.  Over 15,000 pounds of the chickpea-filled spread and other dips were removed from the shelves of Target and Trader Joe’s last week over fears of listeria.  Before you let the news ruin your day, think about how insanely easy it is to make hummus.  After all, you only need a few ingredients.  Chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, salt, and garlic are what make up the ancient Middle Eastern dip.

So, what do you do if you love the flavored variety of hummus that is sold in retailers across the nation?  You find a recipe online that uses your favorite ingredients.  We’ve made it easy by creating a list of the best DIY hummus recipes on the net.  You be the judge.  Which ones are to die for?

Traditional Hummus

No one can argue with the delicious taste of traditional hummus.  After all, it serves as the ‘base’ for many types of flavored hummus.  Here are some of the best recipes from Mama’s Lebanese Kitchen, AllRecipes.com, and the Brown Eyed Baker:

Serve with warm pita bread.  Or, cut up carrots, celery, broccoli, and cauliflower.  Store in an airtight container for no more than one week depending on the recipe used.

Garlic Hummus

Garlic is an herb known best for flavoring food.  What it isn’t widely known for is its health benefits.  Garlic has been known to lower blood pressure, treat enlarged prostate, diabetes, headache, stomach ache, and even snakebites.  The wonder herb can even be used to prevent a number of different forms of cancer including colon, rectal stomach, prostate, lung, and bladder.

Add some garlic to your diet with these hummus recipes from Food.com, Martha Stewart Living, and the Vegetarian Times.

Spread liberally on bagels, crackers, and even hard pretzels.  Enjoy with your meal or as a protein-packed snack.

Hummus with Black Olives

Not only are olives delicious, they’re also very good for you.  In addition to promoting digestive health and providing the body with a rich source of iron and vitamin E, they also promote cardiovascular health.  Jazz up your hummus with some recipes using these black or green beauties right away.  In Pursuit of More, Life is NoYoke, and FatFree Vegan Kitchen tells you how on their blogs.

Hummus makes the perfect filling for sandwiches.  Spread some on your choice of bread in place of mayo or mustard and then add your choice of lean protein and veggies.  Add fresh sprouts or seeds for crunch.

Hummus Using Something Other Than Chickpeas

Although hummus is traditionally made out of chickpeas, some wildly creative people have decided to make dips from other ingredients including edamame, avocado, and black beans.  Check out recipes from Oh My Veggies, Joy the Baker, and Mel’s Kitchen Café below:

Bake homemade tortilla chips and dive right into a bowl of edamame hummus, avocado hummus or black bean hummus.  Black beans have 15.2 grams of protein per cup making them the perfect ingredient for one of the world’s most favorite type of dip and spread.

Making hummus at home is easy.  The list of ingredients is relatively small and the chickpea spread can be created in a blender or home processor in a matter of minutes.  Make store-bought hummus a thing of your past.  Select one of the recipes mentioned above and enjoy!

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