We so love having hummus – and Spicy Hummus Dip is a step up from regular hummus - on hand for quick snacks or served as a dip with crisp veggies to replace a salad at lunch or dinner.
(Please excuse blurry photo - it started to pour just as I started to take my pictures! Thank, Hurricane Oho, and we're not even on the B.C. coast)
Let me share two tips on how to make this even more frugal and a special way to use hummus.
Once again, if you want to really cut your costs, start with dry chick peas (also called garbanzo beans) and cook them yourself. The cost is so minimal for dry beans that it makes Hummus a really cost effective treat. A treat that you can now eat every day. Especially when you realise that hummus, even Spicy Hummus Dip, is very nutritious.
Tip #1: Cook up more chick peas than is enough for one recipe at a time, and freeze whatever you don’t use right away so you’ll always have cooked chick peas ready to go to make Spicy hummus Dip or use in any other way you want.
Tip#2: Do you ever have a hard time getting your children or husband to eat enough vegetables? When your children or a ‘vegetable challenged’ adult are looking for a snack mid-afternoon, 10 minutes before dinner is on the table, or even for an evening snack, offer Spicy Hummus Dip with plenty of vegetables. Thinking they are getting away with something, (WooHoo, mom let us snack before dinner) they will wolf down 1 or 2 servings of vegetables without even noticing.
Trust me it works like a charm.
So how do we make it?
Easy, but you do need a food processor to help it get nice and creamy.
1 (16 oz) can garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed & drained
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. ground Cumin
1 tsp. Paprika
1/2 tsp. Curry powder
4 tbsp. chopped fresh Cilantro
1/3 c. sesame tahini
2 tbsp. Olive Oil
To heat it up a notch, add 2 tsp. hot sauce
I added chopped black olives to mine.
1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth.
Serve with fresh veggies, pita wedges or crackers.
Spread on fresh lettuce or cabbage leaves and roll up; add other fillings, too, like grated cabbage (slaw) , grated carrots, olives, sliced tomatoes. Just remember if your leaf wrap is TOO full everything will squish out.
And that leads to a lot of finger licking. Just a fair warning. If you want to lick this yummy stuff off your fingers, so be it.
And you will want to.
Tahini, a creamy paste made from sesame seeds, contains magnesium, an all-natural muscle relaxant.
In general, people do not get enough magnesium in their diet, and Tahini is a perfectly delicious way to increase intake.
Tahini also contains copper, a mineral that is involved with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory reactions in the human body. Copper is known to help pain that is seen in rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
Servings And Ways To Enjoy
Tahini can be purchased ready made in the deli aisle of your supermarket or International specialty stores. Enjoy Tahini on whole grain toast, as a dip for vegetables or just lick it off a spoon.
Hummus is another way to enjoy Tahini, where it is blended with chick peas and spices.
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