If you’re like me, you love hummus — especially the extra garlicky varieties. And I thought it was a very healthy dip – especially when compared to sour cream or cream cheese dips I like. But have you ever checked the fat content in hummus? It’s not as healthy as I once thought, primarily due to the tahani – tahani is sesame seed paste. 2 Tablespoons of sour cream can add 5 fat grams to your diet — but 2 Tablespoons of hummus can add SIX fat grams. Wow, is there nothing David & I can eat these days? (If you missed last summer’s post, David has a 90% heart blockage luckily in a spot that can be treated with medication, but since he was diagnosed, we’ve been trying to cut our fat intake drastically.)
I started making my own hummus with variable results – and that’s being kind. But we’ve finally settled on a Red Pepper Garlic Hummus that tastes good and satisfies our snacking impulse with zero fat! If you’d like to try it, unfortunately it requires either a blender, a small food processor or the real thing. We have a small food chopper made by Cuisinart that does a pretty good job and doesn’t take too much space. Of course, it’s also more power than we like to use at anchor, although I did use it a few times while we were in the Exumas. And it only holds a small amount.
Here’s my Red Pepper Garlic Hummus recipe — if you don’t like the result, do what I did and start experimenting until you find a combination you love!
Red Pepper Garlic Hummus
1 can Garbanzo Beans (chick peas) – rinsed
1/2 jar Roasted Red Peppers – including half the liquid – mine is packed in water
Garlic – as much as you like – I usually start with a couple of teaspoons minced garlic and then increase it to taste
Dash hot sauce – to taste
Dash salt & pepper – to taste
Put it all in the blender or mini-prep and blend away until it’s the consistency you like. We like ours just short of smooth, so it has a bit of a texture. If it’s too thick, add a bit of vegetable broth, or chicken broth to thin it to your preference. If you don’t have broth, you can add whatever liquid you’d prefer – even water.
Enjoy in the cockpit at sunset with a beverage of your choice! Your cockpit view is most likely better than any 5 star hotel! 🙂
Anyone else have a favorite make your own hummus recipe? Please leave a comment and share! Cheers! Jan