“What’s For Lunch?” is a question you might ask yourself or someone else on a daily basis. I do, and I tend to eat something different every day so is often very helpful to have given some forethought into the often spontaneous realization that lunch needs to be prepared, gathered and eaten!
“So, what’s for lunch?” you ask.
“It’s Roasted Pine Nuts Hummus and Greek Salad with Fish Tacos”
I’m going to talk about How To Make Hummusbut first, here’s a fun tip from my personal nutritional habits:
I end up craving less cheese when I eat hummus, and while I do enjoy the health benefits, delicacy, and deliciousness of cheeses, consuming cheese TOO OFTEN makes me feel heavy in my body, grumpy in my mood, and lethargic in my actions. So, MORE HUMMUS please!
Hummus is amazing, and so versatile! It is something you can take home with you from the grocery store but it is also something you can make at home! Hummus is SUCH a great snack, wouldn’t it be nice to whip up a few different modes for various appetites and occasions? Starting with the basics all you really need are Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans), Tahini (Sesame Seed Butter), Olive Oil, and Lemon.
Of course you have to make time to cook Garbanzo Beans, or you can buy cans of chickpeas/garbanzo beans at the grocery store, but it is worth it to get in the habit because with Chickpeas you can do many things, like cook up a delicious dinner with Chana Masala.
Here’s the basic Roasted Pine Nuts Hummus recipe:
- 1 c chickpeas
- 1/4 c lemon juice
- 1/4 c tahini
- 1/2 garlic clove, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 to 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 2-3 tbsp water
- Dash of ground cayenne for serving
- 2 tbsp roasted pine nuts for serving
- In a food processor, add the tahini & lemon juice. Pulse for about a minute and a half and scrape down the sides after a minute.
- Add the olive oil, garlic, cumin, and salt. Mix for another minute.
- Add half of your chickpeas and blend.
- Add the rest of the chickpeas and mix until well combined.
- To get your hummus to the consistency you like, add the water a tablespoon at a time just until it is as creamy as you want it.
- Serve with cayenne, pine nuts and olive oil on top.
Original recipe and image from Just a Little Bite; link.
…Now I’m imagining even more ways to use hummus for new delicious lunches. Let’s see what we all come up with 😉 Do you eat hummus? Do you make it? Leave me a comment!