Monday, August 10, 2009

Monday Recipe - Hummus

I recently realized that I needed to add a late morning snack on days I go to the gym. Because feeling like your hands are cement blocks flung around on twigs just isn't ideal. So, I glanced around my kitchen to figure out what I could add to my diet that would give me energy through the extra hour or two before I had lunch, but not break the calorie bank. I settled on hummus with pita (flax, oat brand and whole wheat flour pita bread, to be exact, and it's quite yummy despite its wheat-germ smoothie sounding roots).

Za'atar Hummus

1 large can of chickpeas (I don't remember the size, I think it's 800 some-odd grams)
1/4 C olive oil
Lemon juice to taste (I usually just squirt a bunch until I feel like it's enough, your guess is as good as mine. Maybe one lemon's worth?)
Za'atar spice (same deal as the lemon juice, just kinda sprinkle it on top)

Put all above ingredients in a food processor (or if yours is as teensy as mine, do half at a time), blend until mostly smooth. I can't seem to get mine thoroughly smooth, but it's not the end of the world if there are chickpea chunks (I love alliteration).

Can be refrigerated and eaten for several days. The recipe for this I found online said three days. I ate it in five and I'm still breathing, but your mileage may vary.



Romny said...

Welcome back! Sounds yummy. I like to put garlic in mine.

The Swarthy Indian said...

There is a nice restaurant down in Cape Cod with an outdoor deck that touches the 22-mile bicycle trail. When I do the entire trail on my bike, I stop there for lunch. Their hummus is delicious, filling and probably one of the more affordable items on the menu.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Love hummus and needed a recipe--this sounds much less complicated than many, will have to give it a try! I keep not wanting to buy tahini when I'd never use it for anything else. Sounds like it's not absolutely mandatory.

Though I'm not sure what za'atar spice is. Will have to keep an eye out.