Back to Basics: Houmous
You know, houmous is one of those things which automatically gets added to the weekly shop without too much thought but it’s really so simple to make your own and takes about as long to make as it does to wrestle the box out of the cardboard sleeve and remove the plastic! 😀 Houmous (or hummus / humus) is traditionally a Middle Eastern food used as a dip made from crushed chickpeas (garbanzo / besan peas). Yumyum… we love Chickpeas at Life Diet Health!
Chickpeas are a great source of protein, carbohydrate, iron, zinc, B vitamins as well as containing phosphorus, folate, magnesium and even Vitamin C! 🙂 We use them for all sorts of things such as roasting, adding to casseroles, salads, grains and use the flour to make batters (think onion bhaji), pancakes and breads. We also use the liquid from tinned chickpeas (you can also use the liquid from freshly cooked dried ones) as aquafaba which we use in meringues, mousses and bread! Bet you can’t tell that chickpeas are one of our favourite foods! Don’t tell anyone but I have been known to eat them straight out of the can! 😛
Anyway, houmous is one of those things which is so quick and easy to make… if you know how but I realised that we don’t have a recipe for it on the blog – so here it is! 🙂 I’ve added houmous to the back to basics series along with crumble and porridge as it’s something so simple but often overlooked! As with all recipes, you can switch out ingredients to make it better suited to your taste or pantry (lime for lemon, chili for black pepper etc.) or add some in to fancy it up a bit! 🙂 Try adding sundried tomatoes, black olives, fresh basil or a drizzle of olive oil into the mix. Whatever you do, make sure you enjoy it! Dip it, spread it, spoon it! Serve it with delicious pitta strips or these delicious green banana nut cutlets! 🙂
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Back to Basics: Houmous (vegan & Free-From)
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I’m sharing this delicious houmous with Deborah over at the Plant Based Potluck Party, as well as with Angie at Fiesta Friday co-hosted this week by Margy @ La Petite Casserole and Linda @ La Petite Paniere