Pots of goodness – Hummus

Pots of goodness- Hummus! After grappling with the spelling (do you go for houmus or hummus?), I am finally putting into words and pictures my hummus recipe.

Why is it goodness in a pot? Well, for me there are a few reasons, namely:

  1. Foods containing folate may reduce the risk of colorectal cancers (such as colon cancer), possibly because of the nutrient’s role in healthy cell division. Research shows that dietary fiber helps promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon, which is also protective against cancer. Not to mention the olive oil, lemon juice and garlic are also all good for you.
  2. It is reasy-peasy (excuse the pun) to make and you’ll know there a no preservatives, excessive salt or other additives that may be present in store-bought hummus.
  3. Make your own and cut down on your plastic consumption! What other reason do you need?…
  4. It tastes bloomin’ delish.

Here is what I use to make my hummus, I make it each week and often use it as a quick and nutritious lunch on rye bread or with salad I also use it as a low fat alternative to butter in sandwiches (or jacket potatoes).

1 jar of chickpeas (I use jars as I can easily recycle the glass) rinsed

1 tbsp of Tahini

Juice of 1 lemon

2 – 3 tbsp good strong extra virgin olive oil

1 large or 2 smallish cloves of garlic

Pinch of salt (optional)

smoked paprika and extra olive oil to dress (optional)

Dash of cold water to get your desired consistency

Just whizz all of the ingredients together in a jug or bowl with a hand blender stick or in a food processor and that’s it! Really just as simple as that. Store in the fridge for about 3 days. Use as a healthy snack with vegetable sticks when you get the munchies. Great for packed lunches and picnics, pre-dinner nibbles with drinks also makes great kids lunch or party food with pita fingers, carrot sticks, cucumber, red pepper…bread sticks! I keep mine in a jar so it is good for on-the-go and you can wash and re-use the jar 🙂

Want to take your waste less packaging and shopping a step further? Switch to re-usable sandwich and bread bags (take to the shop with you when you buy your bread rolls). say NO! to the plastic bags!Re-usable bread / veg and sandwich bags (pictured) coming soon to the website.

For more tips and information on leading a Zero Waste life please check out this website x

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