A few weeks ago, my dear friend Michele posted a photo on Facebook of some homemade hummus she was planning to make. Her pile of ingredients sounded so good that I asked her to share her creation with you all. She is delightful and fun and truly finding cooking to be a beautiful form of art... a women after my own heart!
PS: I will be back next week with a new recipe. All the ingredients are waiting in my fridge... I just need to figure out how to find time to take a shower with two little ones... then I will be back in the kitchen!
LENTIL HUMMUS: by michele fordice
For some families, cheese, bread, or meat may be a staple at the dinner table.
The staple in our home is hummus.
Some would even say it’s become an obsession around here. With minimal complaints from my 4-year-old son, he eats just about anything you put in front of him. But my 2-year-old on the other hand, he lives and breathes because of his hummus consumption. For the past two years we have consumed more hummus containers from Costco than one might think humanly possible and we’ve experimented with many hummus recipes.
We have discovered that Trader Joe’s has the best flavor, but because of the amount we consume, we had to switch over to Costco’s more economical version. In an effort to switch things up now and then, I tried making it myself.
In the end…this recipe has proven to be one of our favorites.
Traditional Hummus is usually blended with a chick pea bean (aka garbanzo bean). For this recipe, I’ve chosen to use a sprouted bean trio of lentils, adzuki, and mung beans. Ok, I’ll be honest. The reason why I chose this group of beans was because of the color. They looked pretty in the store and I wanted to take them home!
Using this sprouted bean trio was a first for me, and despite the initial vanity in my purchase, we really liked the way the hummus turned out. It had a more earthy/hearty flavor.
Unbeknownst to me, sprouted beans are said to be easier to digest and loaded with micronutrients. Who knew? Allowing the beans to sprout (aka: germinate) has been used in food preparation for centuries, and for those who are sensitive to certain grains and beans, this might be a viable option. Ezekiel bread (hyper link to this website: www.foodforlife.com), is a commercial example of sprouted grain bread. Most Trader Joe’s carry Ezekiel breads and tortillas.
If you are feeling adventuresome and have never made your own hummus recipe, try it! It’s actually really easy, nutritious, and a fun recipe to do with kids! And, if you are not up for cooking your own beans, grab a can of garbanzo beans. Be sure to rinse the beans in a colander in order to remove the excess sodium that has been put in the can as a preservative.
Put away that Hidden Valley Ranch dressing and bust out a healthy alternative to eating raw veggies!
- 1 cup of dried lentils or any kind of bean of your choice
- 3 cups of water (used to boil the beans)
- 3 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
- ½ cup lemon juice
- 2 gloves minced garlic
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tbsp Tamari soy sauce or Braggs Liquid Amino
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Salt to taste
- Cook dried lentils or beans according to package directions. If you have cooked canned beans, pour contents into a colander to drain juices and rinse beans of any excess sodium.
- Pour the rest of the ingredients into your choice food processor and blend. Depending on your food processor you may need to add a bit of water or olive oil to create a more creamy texture.
- Serve with fresh vegetables, pita, and or as a sandwich spread.
- Now enjoy!
This is just ONE of many renditions you can try. Cook up some spinach and add it into the food processor for some extra micronutrients. You can also add or delete the amount of lemon juice, garlic and tamari sauce to make it more or less flavorful.
Cooking has become an art form for me and food is the canvas. I love throwing in a pinch of this or a dash of that and see how it changes the consistency or flavor of a dish. As you get to know the flavors of the world you really get to see HIS creativity, not just the science behind the food. He sure is creative!
Hope this inspires you too to get creative!