Yesterday while watching The Kitchen on the food network channel, they had this interesting segment where they would ask if it is better to buy some foods at the store or make them at home.They tried a few things like salsa, barbecue sauce and the one that caught my eye was the home made hummus. I have always wanted to make this dish at home and after I saw how easy it was I knew I had to try it.
Hummus originated from the middle east and is simply a food dip or spread made from mashed chickpeas mixed with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. This healthy dish makes a perfect dip for tortilla or pita chips, veggies and can be incorporated into meals in various ways.
1 tsp ground cumin
Puree’ all ingredients in a large blender, add more olive oil if mixture is too thick. Store in a air tight container and refrigerate. Mine lasted for a little over a week.
I am always on the lookout for quick healthy dishes and I recently came across a chickpea salad recipe on a can of chickpeas. I recommend that you always look behind food packages before you throw them away. Most packages have recipes that are easy to make and they usually don’t involve a million ingredients. I cannot wait to try a coconut fish sauce recipe that I saw on a can of coconut milk the other day, I’m sure I will let you guys know how it turns out.
Today I am going to share a fresh chickpea salad recipe, as always I like to add my on twist to the dish by adding fresh cilantro. If you are not a big fan of cilantro you can use fresh parsley.
|I had my salad with potato latkes and barbecued chicken wings|
1 15oz. can chick peas / garbanzo beans
I small cucumber chopped.
1/2 cup red pepper chopped
1 small red onion
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp each garlic powder and oregano
2 tbsp fresh cilantro or parsley finely chopped.
salt and pepper to taste
- toss all ingredients together ,chill and serve