Monday, February 20, 2012

Meet Jessica from Working Mama- she’s got 3 great recipes for homemade Hummus

Hi guys, today my friend Jessica is stopping by to give you 3 great recipes to make Hummus at home. They’re simple and quick to make! Hope you enjoy them!

Hello I am Jessica. I write over at Working Mama, and I am the proud mama to an 18 month little girl, Gabriella. I met Jennifer when I was pregnant with Gabby and I am so excited that she asked me to write about this.
I have a little girl with very strange tastes. She refuses to eat yummy things like Cheese and Pasta – she so can’t be my little girl. However she takes after her father and LOVES hummus. Me, not so much! I have a thing with textures, but not my baby girl. So after having to buy it at $4.00 something a container and seeing how much her and the hubby were eating I decided it was time to start making it myself.
gabby eating hummus

Luckily a co-worker of mine LOVES hummus and I asked her for her recipe and I am now on my third batch and my baby girl has loved every single one of them.  It’s actually a heck of a lot easier than I thought it would be.
HUMMUS (basic recipe)
12 oz. of Chickpeas
1/2 tsp. Cumin
4 Cloves Garlic (My family LOVES Garlic, so feel free to use less or more)
1 ½ tbs. Tahini (Sesame Paste)
4 tbs. Olive Oil
2 tbs. Lemon Juice
½ tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Pepper
Blend all the ingredients together within a food processor or blender until smooth.
We have tried two different kinds and both have been hits at this house.
Sun Dried Tomato Flavor: Use the ingredients from the basic recipe and add 6 Sundried Tomato Halves (we bought the jar of them already cut up and put in ¼ of a jar), and a few dashes of Cayenne pepper. Blend until smooth.
Black Bean Flavor: Use the ingredients from the basic recipe, and add 1 can of Black Beans, and 2 tsp. Chipotle Tabasco Sauce.  Blend until smooth.  You can also add some lime juice and cilantro for extra flavor.
hummus (2)
You can buy the can of chick peas, but I bought a bag of dried chickpeas and I cook them in the crock pot. I take 2/3 cup (which will give you enough for the recipe) and cook in 7 cups of water for about 6 to 8 hours in a crockpot on low. It’s definitely the more economical way to go about it.

So from now on we will be continuing to make our own hummus. I have been trying to figure out other things that I can make on my own and not buy. I figure the less preservatives that I give to my daughter and family the better.
gabby eating hummus 2

I love that Jess took something her daughter loved, and created it at home for her, for much less. And how great is it that she gave you the basic recipe for an easy homemade hummus, but also gave you 2 ways to spice it up too! Thanks Jess!

I’d love it if you would take time to stop by Jess’s blog Working Mama and tell her Hi! She’s got such a cute family, and I know she’d love hearing from you!


Liz said...

I love hummus and usually make my own - it's so simple! I like to make a big batch and then freeze it in small portions. I can then grab a tub from the freezer in the morning to take with me to work for my lunch.

Which reminds me, I had the last tub the other day, so I must put making hummus on my to-do list for the weekend.

Jessica said...

Liz - Thats a great idea. How long does it last in the freezer?

Liz said...

I don't think I've ever had it in there longer than 2-3 months - but I think it would keep longer than that if you wanted it to.