Homemade hummus is incredibly easy to make, and it tastes so much better than store bought, you will want to cheat with Joe like I do!
Joe. Trader Joe, that is! Admit it, you’ve cheated with him too, (even you guys).
You can’t go to a casual party or dinner in Pasadena where there’s not at least one thing purchased from Trader Joe’s. I can write about TJ’s now, because I believe there is one in almost every state. I even saw a Joe’s in Union Square on a recent trip to New York city.
Trader Joe’s started in South Pasadena more than 50 years ago. I could easily work there, and probably should, because I know all their products intimately. I buy pasta and grains, most of my cheeses, nuts and cereal, and lots of condiments from TJ’s.
Oh, yeah, and of course wine. I could go on and on, but back to my cheating ways.
I do work full time as a teacher, so sometimes I come home from work and picking up the kids, and I’m tired! Fast food has never been an option for us. It’s not like we live in a monastery, but I reserve fast food for long road trips. So here are some of the things I use to “cheat”.
Canned beans, for example. You can do a whole lot of things with canned beans…add them to soups, casseroles, or just puree them for a quick dip. Green chilies? I put those in rice, enchiladas and soups. Tapenade is great in a salad or on a sandwich.
Homemade hummus is so easy to make that I always have canned garbanzo beans in the pantry. Homemade hummus is perfect for last minute company or when I need a quick dip. Serve it with pita bread or veggies for a healthy snack. While it’s best made with tahini paste, which you can find in most grocery stores, I’ve also substituted sesame oil in a pinch.
I hope you enjoy making your own homemade hummus!
- 1 can of garbanzo beans (chick peas), drained, reserve juices
- Juice of one lemon, divided
- 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 3 tablespoon of tahini (sesame paste)
- Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
- Olive oil for drizzling
- In a food processor, puree the beans with 1 clove of garlic, juice of half of the lemon, and tahini.
- Add reserved bean juice 1-2 Tablespoons at a time and process until hummus is smooth.
- Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper if necessary.
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