How To Make Your Own Hummus And Chips

Sunrise Senior Living  |  January 22, 2015
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If you head to your local grocery store, you'll probably be able to find a wide selection of hummus in various flavors. This chickpea-based dip, often enjoyed with vegetables or crackers, has gained popularity over the past few years because of its great taste and nutritional value. What many people don't know, however, is how easy it is to make at home!

Women's Health magazine noted that homemade hummus contains important polyunsaturated fats, as well as high levels of protein and fiber. Together, these nutrients make it a healthy snack that's great for seniors and children alike. If you love hummus and want to make your own, use this recipe to whip up some of the delicious dip, and some chips to go along with it.  

Quick and easy hummus
It's incredibly simple to make your own hummus. The only equipment you'll need is a food processor, and you can use canned chickpeas to streamline the process. This recipe also calls for tahini, a creamy paste made from sesame seeds. If you've never cooked with tahini before, you can usually find it in large grocery stores or specialty markets. 

Ingredients

  • 1 15-oz. can chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • A pinch of sweet smoked paprika

Directions
First, combine the lemon juice and tahini in your food processor. Turn the machine on and process the ingredients for about one minute. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, then process for another 30 seconds. Next, add in the garlic, olive oil, salt and cumin. Process for 30 seconds, then scrape mixture off the sides of the bowl and run the machine for another 30 seconds. Open your can of chickpeas, then drain them through a colander. Rinse the beans well, then add half of them into the food processor. Process for one minute, then scrape the sides and add the remaining chickpeas. Mix your hummus for two minutes, then add in the water and process until the mixture is the desired consistency. Transfer your hummus into a bowl to serve and sprinkle paprika on top.

Toasted pita chips
For an easy dipper, you can use pita bread to make crunchy chips. Serve these and sliced vegetables with your hummus for a mid-afternoon snack your friends at the retirement community will love.

Ingredients

  • 4 whole-wheat pita breads
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut each pita circle into eighths, then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet. You'll probably need at least two sheets to fit all the chips. Sprinkle olive oil, salt and pepper over the bread pieces. Bake the chips for 10 minutes, turning once after about five minutes. Let your chips cool for a few minutes before serving alongside your homemade hummus. Enjoy!