I love humus- it's an addicting savory Mediterranean spread made of chick peas that I've had numerous times in Greek and Middle Eastern restaurants. Although the name varies from culture to culture, the taste is pretty much the same in all the cuisines. So if you've had the real thing like me, and then you go to the store to buy a container of ready-made humus, only to be disappointed by a bland, too-tart, imposter spread, you're not alone! Homemade humus tastes WAY better than the store-bought kind... not to mention it's healthier, sans the preservatives and additional nonsense ingredients. Here's a super simple humus recipe minus the other garbage that you can make in a pinch for a snack or meal addition.
- 15 ounces of organic (cooked & cooled) chick peas (I used organic canned chick peas in a BPA free can)
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin organic olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil
- Juice of 1 lemon (or more depending on size)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 large garlic clove
Put all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with a dash more paprika and drizzle of olive oil.
This is great as a dip for veggies or bread, or even as a spread, with a salad and grilled chicken. Enjoy!
*Note: I don't use tahini in my recipe as I don't feel it's necessary to achieve the right taste and it's also difficult to find a good quality tahini.