• Homemade Hummus

    January 2, 2009

    Oooh, I am loving this Vita-Mix blender!!! It seriously does everything!

    Today’s blender experiment was hummus, which came out much better than expected! Not that I didn’t have confidence in the Vita-Mix blender, I just didn’t expect the hummus to be so easy to make and turn out so amazingly! I may never buy commercial hummus again.

    Hummus

    Recipe from the Vita-Mix “Getting Started” guide

    Makes 3 3/4 cups

    Ingredients:

    • 2 – 15 ounce cans of chick peas (garbanzos), one drained, one undrained
    • 1/4 cup raw sesame seeds (I omitted these)
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1/4 cup lemon juice
    • 1 garlic glove, minced
    • 1 tsp cumin

    Directions:

    • Place all ingredients in blender in order listed.
    • Blend until smooth.
    • If necessary, use the tamper to push the ingredients into the blades while processing.

    After blending the “plain” hummus, I portioned-out about half and added it to a storage container for later. To the remaining hummus, I added approximately¬†1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in their olive oil, then continued to blend.

    Sun-dried tomato + plain hummus

    For dinner, Mal and I shared a plate of raw carrots, cucumbers, and broccoli with both kinds of hummus. We also had some toasted French bread with a small smear of Smart Balance and (sort of melted) smoked Gruyere cheese. Yum, so good!!

    Dinner for two…

    Afternoon Snack

    After an afternoon full of errands and shopping, I was starving, but dinner was right around the corner. To hold me over, I snacked on a mug of ginger-peach white tea and a clementine. The fruity tea + citrus fruit was a lovely combo!

    More Weeds is on the agenda for tonight. Have a nice evening, bloggies! :mrgreen:

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    Erica January 2, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    YUM! Tina- this din din looks so good! I wish I had one of these blenders! Have fun hanging out with Mal and watching Weeds!

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    Kimberly January 2, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I <3 hummus! :)

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    Kimberly January 2, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    How come you omit the tahini? that’s what gives hummus the ‘authentic’ flavor. :) By the way, what’s your thought on hummus? Some say it’s fattening. I just can’t stop dipping into it. :) I like the Israeli hummus version rather than the Turkish or Greek kinds.

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    Tina January 2, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    @Kimberly: The recipe didn’t call for tahini, and I didn’t have any sesame seeds. I think hummus is wonderful, especially the homemade version! :) In my opinion, it’s not that high in calories.

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    Nicci January 2, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Wow, I’m going to make some hummus tomorrow. I recently discovered this couple months back and I love hummus. Though i find it expensive at some grocery stores. I have all these ingredients in my kitchen except the chickpeas. I definitely making some!

    thanks,

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    tanya January 2, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    I love making my own hummus and adding spices to make a different one each time. I don’t love very spicy foods, but for some reason, I LOVE hot spicy hummus.

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    Tina January 2, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    @tanya: I like your hot hummus idea! I never even thought of that! I love hot stuff! :)

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    VeggieGirl January 2, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Deeeeelish!!

    Enjoy ‘Weeds’!!

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    Oh She Glows January 2, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    haha that is funny your lunch looks alot like Kath’s today!! Hummus must be in the air…I ate it twice (lunch and dinner) today.
    I soooo want a Vitamix blender!!!

    Angela
    http://www.ohsheglows.com

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    K January 2, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    You just killed me with this meal! Hummus and cheese are my two favorite things :)

    Excellent use of the vitamix!!

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    Tina January 2, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    @Oh She Glows: I know! I left her a comment about it! She actually gave me the serving plate that I used tonight! :)

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    Christy January 2, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    I had hummus and veggies for lunch today too! It is my go-to snack when I need something quick, filling and comforting. But you have inspired me to try to make my own as well. ;p

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    Sara January 2, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I love hummus! I’m going to have to try out your recipe. :)

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    Shelby January 2, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Amazing dinner, I love snack trays like that for a meal. Yum and homemade hummus is the best!

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    Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) January 2, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    The sun-dried tomato hummus is calling my name! YUM!!!!

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    Megan January 2, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    please come live at my house and make me yummy healthy treats :)

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    ttfn300 January 2, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    thanks for the reminder to get in the kitchen and make some hummus, i was totally craving it this afternoon :)

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    Andrea (Andreaseats) January 2, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Both you and Kath made great hummus platters today. I think I know what I will have for lunch tomorrow!

    I started my own blog regarding living a healthy lifestyle. I am still getting the hang of it and have yet to learn how to pots pics. Please visit me at andreaseats.blogspot.com.

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    Victoria January 2, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Looks great. Love those kind of meals, and we love Weeds. Enjoy!

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    glidingcalm January 2, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    mmm that hummus looks awesome! im jealous!! i’ve always wanted to make homemade hummus, but have never gotten around to it!

    have a relaxing evening Tina! loved your new years pics!!

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    Marisa January 2, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Tina – Love your blog! I made your Cocoa Oatmeal Cookies last night (posted about them)- I really like them! Thanks for the great recipes!
    Happy New Year!

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    HangryPants January 2, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Yeah for homemade bean dips! Now that you’ve mastered hummus, you can try all different flavors. I love white canelini beans and roasted garlic. One of my favs!

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    elise January 2, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    i recently made hummus from scratch for the first time, too! totally amazing! if only i had more time, id never buy it from the store again. when i did it i made plain hummus, and i used tahini instead of raw sesame seeds. do you think there was a big difference in flavor omitting the sesame seeds?

    elise

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    Rebecca January 2, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Yummy! Hummus is so good:] That looks like such a healthy meal!

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    Tina January 2, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    @elise: Hmmmm… I’m not sure. This is the first time that I made hummus from scratch. It tasted great though! :)

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    tiffanie January 2, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    weeds huh? we watched seasons 1-4 in a span of 1 week. it was amazing, lol. season 1 and 2 were on Netflix, season 3 I got on bluray for xmas, and season 4 was on On Demand through the cable company. we are HOOKED.

    and you hummus looks yummy

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    gina (fitnessista) January 2, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    ahhhh i can’t wait to get back to georgia only because i can test out my vitamix! the hummus looks AWESOME
    my friend megan makes hers in her vitamix and it comes out so fluffy and delicious
    have a wonderful night!

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    bobbi January 3, 2009 at 12:16 am

    love homemade hummus best way to go!!!!

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    Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) January 3, 2009 at 12:43 am

    So glad you are loving the Vita-Mix -everything always turns out so creamy! I bet that sun-dried tomato hummus was good. Your dinner looks great – lovely presentation. :)

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    Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) January 3, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    The hummus looks great!

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    V January 4, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I recently found your blog and absolutely love it! I made this hummus and it is delicious…WAY better than store bought. I was wondering about the tahini, but this tastes great just the way it is!

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    Shawn January 20, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    I love making Hummus too. I like to use half garbanzo and half black beans and use lime instead of lemon….It’s a nice twist. I always include tahini (ground sesame seeds) or whole sesame seeds, because I like the nuttiness. I prefer the whole sesame seeds to the pre-made tahini you can get at the store… I buy them in the bulk food section of my natural food stores. You can get them in the spice section, but they are a little pricey that way.

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    Alexis December 28, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I am bored at work and going through blog archives… it is so fun to see how you have evolved! Never knew you were a Weeds junkie. God I love that show. Doug kills me. And Uncle Andy, or “El Andy,” if you prefer. Thanks for the afternoon entertainment, btw.

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    Merly September 7, 2011 at 2:37 am

    I have been following your blog for about 2 years now and just wanted to say it’s fantastic! I moved out of the U.S. over a year ago and now we’re living in Malaysia where it’s not that easy to count your calories. Anywho, thanks for the encouragement and for this great recipe! I just made it and it tastes great.

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    Gail Elise July 28, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I absolutely love hummus! I’ve never tried making my own but I think I’ll try now!

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    Robb August 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Can I ask what speed you blended the chick peas at? Just got my Vita-mix and found if you turn it too high it can make things a little to creamy…

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    Tina August 10, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Hmmm… I don’t remember, but probably a low-ish setting.

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    Lyn, the lifestyle artist September 6, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Hummus is one of the many healthy snacks that a lot of people are trying now. The recipes here are great. They have great tasting ingredients that are excellent for the body. I love all the pictures too. I can’t wait to try this out with my family.

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