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Homemade Hummus and Other Healthy Dips

Grace likes to dip her foods into all kinds of sauces and pastes. Do all kids like that? I like to dip my food into crazy sauces, too, so I'm not sure if it's a family thing or a kid thing. Some dips we've tried recently:

  • A strawberry or raspberry dipping sauce
  • Ranch dressing mixed up with a handful of cooked white beans that have been pureed
  • Spinach chopped finely and blended with a basil-based pesto
  • Low fat sour cream mixed with salsa
  • Hummus

Hummus is very easy to make at home. It is just like my falafels.

Homemade Hummus and other Healthy Dips

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Homemade Hummus and Other Healthy Dips
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  1. Saute the onions and garlic until they are crisp tender.
  2. Add everything except the water to your blender. Pulse the ingredients until the mixture is smooth. You may need to add water to thin the mixture enough that your blender can process it. Add it a little at a time. If you add too much water, you'll ruin the hummus.
Recipe Notes

This makes a spicy hummus. Grace is okay with it, but if your kids are reluctant to eat spicy foods, you could cut out the black pepper, cumin, coriander, and cayenne pepper.

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14 thoughts on “Homemade Hummus and Other Healthy Dips”

  1. Yummy! So the only time I’ve made hummus from scratch was in Ecuador in college, and I remember a very (VERY) labor intensive step of peeling the chickpeas after soaking them. They had a husky peel similar to garlic. Do you not have to peel them because they’re sold differently in our grocery stores than in the markets there, or because you’re using a food processor where we were mashing them by hand? Man, that hummus must’ve been good for all that work — we were serving 20!
    .-= Carol´s last blog ..Not Yet!! =-.

  2. Yummy! So the only time I’ve made hummus from scratch was in Ecuador in college, and I remember a very (VERY) labor intensive step of peeling the chickpeas after soaking them. They had a husky peel similar to garlic. Do you not have to peel them because they’re sold differently in our grocery stores than in the markets there, or because you’re using a food processor where we were mashing them by hand? Man, that hummus must’ve been good for all that work — we were serving 20!
    .-= Carol´s last blog ..Not Yet!! =-.

  3. Seriously, Carol? Peeling the chick peas?! I don’t peel them. When I buy them dried from the grocery store, they’re just like any other dried bean.

    When you say that there’s a shell like garlic, I am imagining the papery skin on a bulb of garlic. Is that what you’re talking about?

    The beans do have a skin, just like any bean, but I don’t peel that. I just whiz it around in the blender, and it turns out okay. Delicious, even. 🙂

  4. Seriously, Carol? Peeling the chick peas?! I don’t peel them. When I buy them dried from the grocery store, they’re just like any other dried bean.

    When you say that there’s a shell like garlic, I am imagining the papery skin on a bulb of garlic. Is that what you’re talking about?

    The beans do have a skin, just like any bean, but I don’t peel that. I just whiz it around in the blender, and it turns out okay. Delicious, even. 🙂

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