How frickin easy it is to make!!! Seriously!
I go through about a container of store bought hummus every week, maybe even more. I eat carrots and hummus everyday as part of my lunch at work (I’m boring, I know) and thus hummus is kinda a constant in my life. I couldn’t imagine living without it. However, I really don’t love every kind I buy. I’m always buy new brands and flavors to find one I really like but very rarely enjoy every bite. My favorite kinds are Tribe Roasted Eggplant and the 40 spices versions but I can never find them. Every other kind I just buy because I need to find hummus to go along with my carrots. It’s just there was a topping for something else I really like (the carrots-duh!). Alot of regular versions have too much tahini, a flavor that I’m not a big fan of or they have some sort of preservative, something else I’m not a big fan of. Therefore, I needed an alternative to store-bought hummus.
About a month ago, I bought myself a little present to get me out of the store-bought hummus rut: a mini food processor. My kitchen is really lacking in appliances due to lack of space and funds. We don’t have a mixer, a toaster or a blender. And we didn’t have a food processor-but didn’t really think I needed one. Until I wanted to start making my own hummus. However, food processors are hundreds of dollars and monstruous. Remember the space and funds issue. We’re lacking here!! But, I was absolutely determined to make my own hummus and needed to find a way to achieve that. My ultimate dream!!
I did a little research and found that I could buy a mini food processor for only $40!! For someone who wants to shred pounds upon pounds of potatoes or something huge, this isn’t for them. But I didn’t need to do that (cause what 25 year old needs to shred pounds and pounds of potatoes), I just wanted to make hummus! So it was perfect (perfect!!) for me. So, I found myself with a little extra spending money and knew exactly what I was going to buy: my mini food processor! Horray!! But then I let it sit in a corner of my kitchen and didn’t even use it for a month. Boo.
However, this past weekend, I went at it. And made my hummus!! I used a bunch of recipes to kinda make my own version and taste tested as I went along to find the perfect version for my tastebuds. Chickpeas, olive oil, water, tahini, garlic, salt, cumin, lemon juice. That’s all I used. And it was so ridiculously easy!!!! I just threw it all into my new, gorgeous little mini food processor, grinded it down into a delicious paste, tasted it, added more seasonings, grinded again and was done. 4 minutes from start to finish. 4 minutes!!!! Oh, and it was cheap. Really cheap. Cheap makes me happy.
And good. Oh so good. I really think it was the best hummus I’ve ever had, and considering I go through a container of hummus a week, I’ve had my fair share. I’ve been chomping down on it all week at work (along with my carrots, of course) and have been enjoying every single bite. It doesn’t have too much tahini, it is smooth, it’s a little garlicy but not overpowering. i.e.-this is how I like hummus. Not how much hummus manufactuar thinks I like hummus. Because I made it, it’s exactly how I like it. No more wasted containers, no more ridiucously expensive Whole Foods hummus. And you all should make it too. Seriously-if you have a food processor, make this now. Your taste buds, wallet and the environment will be very happy.
I will never ever ever go back to store-bought hummus. When it is so tasty and easy to make it myself (and not to mention environmentally friendly), I have no reason to!
1 can of chickpeas, rinsed
1 tablespoon tahini
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/8 cup water
1/2 teaspoon cumin
juice of one lemon
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 clove garlic, smashed
Combine all in a food processor and process. Adjust taste, add more water or olive oil if you want it smoother. Process again. Eat in shock while you wonder why anyone never told you how easy it is to make!!!