I recently attempted homemade hummus the first time and was so surprised at how easy it was to make! Thanks to @cookieandkate and all of her research, I really learned a lot. I started with her recipe for Best Hummus and modified to my taste. The first batch I used just chickpeas. My second batch was half chickpeas/half cannellini beans. Both versions were delicious!
FIRST, boil your chickpeas for 15-20mins with 1/2 tsp baking soda. You want the skins to start coming off and the chickpeas to be very tender.
SECOND, put 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice and 1 garlic clove in a food processor. Blend it up! This mixture can sit a minute while you get out 1/2 cup of tahini (I used Trader Joe's Organic Tahini). Add the tahini to the food processor and blend until really creamy, scraping down sides as needed. Next add 1tbsp of ice cold water. Continue blending until the mixture is pale, smooth and creamy.
FINALLY, add 1tsp of cumin, 1tsp lemon zest (optional) and the cooled chickpeas, Blend until super smooth and creamy, about a minute or two. Top with some more fresh cracked salt and a drizzle of olive oil.
After all the Holiday celebrations I'm definitely looking to lighten things up a bit! I ate so many salads when visiting Paris over the summer, that I learned a few tricks. My favorite new "trick" for making delicious salads... only dress the greens with a little olive oil, fresh cracked salt and pepper. Then add your toppings and maybe toss together!
These are the combinations pictured:
- Boiled Beets, Feta, Sliced Green Pear, Sunflower Seeds
- Sliced Raw Beets, Sliced Green Apple, Chopped Walnuts
- Chopped Cantaloupe, Halved Cherry Tomatoes, Quartered Hard Boiled Egg, Sliced Fresh Mozzarella, and one Slice of Jamon Iberico or Prosciutto