We love hummus around here.
My best trick for getting my kids to eat and enjoy veggies is to serve them with fun dips. I typically make one dip or sauce per week to put in their lunches with raw veggies, and hummus is definitely in the rotation.
You can easily buy it (I think the Whole Foods’ hummus is delicious and I’m not a fan at all of the Trader Joe’s one), but making it is really simple if you have a food processor.
Hummus Making Tips
Use canned beans or cook your own first. I’m mostly a can person at this point, but if I am making it from scratch I cook garbanzo beans / chick peas in the Instant Pot for 30 minutes (3 cups of water per 1 cup of dry bean). If I’ve soaked them overnight before cooking, I drop the cook time to 10 minutes.
Beans cause tummy trouble? Try soaking raw chickpeas for 24 hours before cooking. Or try the Eden Organic brand (I find these at Whole Foods), which have added kombu seaweed to the can that is supposed to help with digestion.
Want the smoothest hummus you’ve ever had? Remove the “skin” from each bean. Yes, this will take about 5-10 minutes per can, but I promise it is SO worth it. The consistency is so much smoother than when they are left on. I sort of wish I hadn’t learned this trick last year, because now I just can’t make it and leave them on.
Jazz it up by adding garlic (1 to 2 cloves minced), roasted red peppers, a jalapeño, or lemon peel / extra lemon juice. Right now my kids are pretty much into hummus as plain as it gets, so I haven’t been experimenting much, but I’d love to know what you put in yours!
Super Simple Hummus
1 can garbanzo beans, or 2 cups cooked, “skins” removed if you choose!
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp tahini
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup olive oil
Add chick peas, lemon juice, tahini and salt to the bowl of a food processor.
Add 1/4 cup of the olive oil.
Process for about 15 seconds and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Turn processor back on and drizzle another 1/4 cup through the pusher, if yours has a hole. If not, slowly add while processor is running.
Process for about 30 seconds and scrape down the sides again.
Continue to run and add olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.