One thing that it took me a long time to learn is that healthy eating does not have to be boring. The truth is that I genuinely like a lot of foods that are good for me – it just took me a while to identify what they were and learn how to make them in the best possible way. While cooking quinoa is a great part of a clean eating lifestyle, obviously the key to really being healthy is variety. On that vain, I thought I would share my favorite hummus recipe with you.
I have been eating hummus for years, long before I was even concerned about whether it was good for me or not. For years I bought hummus at the grocery store, just like everyone else. It wasn’t until I ran across Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Diet Cookbook, that I ever tried making hummus at home. Since I tried her hummus recipes, I have never again purchased pre-made hummus again. My favorite thing is that unlike store bough hummus, she introduced me to the fact that a low fat hummus recipe does not have to sacrifice taste.
I think you will agree with me – pre-made hummus just does not compare to recipes for hummus that you make at home. I like to start with dried garbanzo beans, but you can also make it with canned. Just make sure that you buy Eden Organics garbanzos, since they are the only brand that uses BPA-free cans. I have tried making hummus with and without tahini, and in my option a hummus recipe with tahini is always going to taste better than one without.
Since I started making hummus, I have experimented with many different recipes. I hate to waste food, so very often I will toss in whatever fresh herbs I have around the house. I like a lot of “bite” to my foods, so if you prefer milder dishes just cut back on the garlic, cilantro and cayenne pepper. I hope you enjoy.
Eat Clean Hummus Recipe
– Inspired by the Eat Clean Diet Cookbook
5 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cups cooked chick peas (or one can)
1 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup tahini
3 lemons, freshly squeezed
1 T olive oil (best quality)
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
¼ tsp cayenne pepper or dried chipotle pepper
½ tsp freshly ground pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
Check Out My other Hummus Recipes!
If you don’t have the Eat Clean Diet Cookbook, it is definitely something that I recommend you check out. It has a lot of great bean dip recipes that are simply amazing! I attribute this series to helping me improve my health and drop 25 pounds in the process.
Do you have a favorite recipe hummus or otherwise? I’d love to hear from you! By the way, don’t forget to check out my favorite quinoa recipes~!