Easy Peasy Classic Hummus
Chickpeas are a super nutritious food. They’re high in fibre and protein while being low in fat. As well as this they have an impressive array of minerals ranging from calcium, iron and zinc to magnesium, potassium and selenium. They also contain vitamins K, B1, B2, B5, B6 and folate. And if that wasn’t enough, their richness in phytonutrients can help to balance your hormones as well as their slow release carbohydrates helping to stabilize your blood sugar levels.
I find hummus, in particular to be a great way to add a boost of nutrition to a meal or as a snack. Hummus also has the added benefit of calcium rich tahini, detoxifying lemon juice and healthy fats from the olive oil. As this is something which I personally consume on a regular basis, I felt it important to share a good basic recipe with you. However, feel free to spice things up with your own additions. You could try switching out the chickpeas for another bean, adding some different herbs and spices or perhaps try adding lime instead of lemon juice. Whatever you feel drawn to, hummus is such a flexible recipe!
Note: Use good quality chickpeas, preserved only in water, not brine. I particularly like the brands Biona and Anna.
-2 x 400g chickpeas (liquid reserved)
-3 ½ tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
-1 tsp pink salt
-1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
-4 tsp tahini
-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, organic if possible (optional)
Optional additions: smoked paprika, coriander, black pepper, turmeric, parsley, basil.
Add the chickpeas, lemon, tahini, salt and garlic to a food processor and lightly blitz. If you are using olive oil, just add 7 tbsp of the chickpea liquid to the processor (if not, add 10 tbsp). Slowly blitz again until it forms a rough paste. Finally, turn your blender on slow again and pour the oil in as its blending, this will give it a smooth consistency. Continue to blend until the hummus reaches your desired texture.
Now all you have to do is tip into a nice bowl or container and serve! You can drizzle a little extra olive oil or sprinkle some coriander and paprika on top as garnish.