Homemade Healthy Hummus

For lunch today we are having squished beans.

That is all hummus is…squished chickpeas with a bit of flavouring. Hummus is easy to make at home and you will know exactly how fresh it is.

Big cans of chickpeas are cheap to buy and easy to store. The other ingredients are olive oil, lemon juice, and peanut butter. You can add seasonings such as chopped garlic, roasted red pepper flakes or curry. Hummus sounds very exotic but it a very quick and healthy meal idea. It packs well for school lunches too.

I drain my chickpeas first and rinse them in a colander. I prefer to do this to reduce the sodium content in my food but if you don’t rinse, that is also okay. I use my stick blender to mush the chickpeas, adding a dribble of water and a drab of olive oil until it is they are blended smoothly. I then add a glop of lemon juice and my seasonings. My final step is to swirl in a tablespoon of peanut butter.

I serve my hummus with torn up chunks of warm pita bread for a simple, low fat lunch. I also like hummus as a dip with crackers or carrot and celery sticks.

The flavour possibilities are endless. Try adding some cooked sweet potato or spinach to give it a little extra veggie punch.

Today's post is a guest post by my friend JoAnne, she is a back to basics homesteader type. She cooks from scratch and eats healthy food that is in season. She can squeeze a penny until it squeaks and has learned to need less, instead of buying more. Watch for more great posts from JoAnne in the near future.


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