Are those chickpeas, smothered in extra virgin olive oil, laying beautifully on a silky bed in a bowl of this 5 Minute Creamy Hummus?!? Because I know you want in on this deliciousness.
So I was born in a small city named Jounieh in the small country of Lebanon. As a child, while my later American friends were running around the sprinklers in their front yards, I collected cones in a mountain pine forest. As a family, instead of barbecuing in a backyard, we regularly had meals on our balcony as we gazed at its glittering view of the Mediterranean Sea. And with every single meal came mezza → a never ending spread of small appetizer plates which preceded the main meal. And in said mezza → HUMMUS was involved, people!
And it’s funny now looking back at those younger years. I moved to the United States at a young age so I was lucky to be able to enjoy the best of both worlds. But, I still remember my excitement when I learned we were moving to the United States.
The movies I had seen portrayed a dreamy place where; I would play in endless fields of the greenest grass, walk on perfect sidewalks through beautifully landscaped neighborhoods, a cute blue eyed boy would deliver our Sunday newspaper while riding his bike but most importantly I would run in slow motion on beaches like a Baywatch babe. 😛
I definitely didn’t realize back then that I would eventually be reminiscing the following view of Jounieh like crazy. I also had a skewed perception of how far those California beaches actually were. I didn’t know that I wouldn’t be running on them as soon as I had anticipated or as fabulously as I had imagined. 😀
Moral of my long story: Sometimes, you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory. That’s why it’s sooo important to savor every moment. You just neva-know → one day you might b-slap that big forehead of yours for taking a particular moment for granted! Or at least that’s what I did. 🙂
Back to hummus! What is hummus? It consist of fiber and protein rich chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, and tahini which is a paste made of sesame seeds. All blended with garlic and lemon juice to a creamy and addicting Mediterranean flavored consistency.
Though using dry chickpeas will produce the real deal, this 5 minute shortcut version will do on them busy days. This recipe is sooo simple and tasty, you’ll think twice before grabbing one of those store-bought additive and sodium filled containers. Just don’t forget to savor every moment! 😉
A few dips in then you just might start singing ‘all about that paste’! Have you heard this song!? Check it out 😀
Because you know, I’m all about that paste, ’bout that paste that hummus
It’s got tahini, an Arab-like taste, and all the right oil in all the right places – GoRemy
What I’ve used in this recipe:
Here’s a complete list of my kitchen essentials
- Chickpeas - 2 (15oz) cans.
- Chickpea Can Juice - ¼ cup reserved.
- Garlic Cloves - 2 peeled.
- Tahini Paste - ¼ cup.
- Lemons - 1.5, juiced.
- Cumin - 1 tsp or to taste.
- Salt - 1 tsp or to taste.
- Olive Oil - 1 tbsp and more for drizzling.
- Parsley - 2 tbsp, chopped.
- Drain and rinse chickpeas reserving ¼th cup of the can juices and a few chickpeas for garnishing.
- Add chickpeas and garlic cloves to a food processor. Pulse for a bit until roughly chopped.
- Add in the reserved ¼th cup of can juices, lemon juice, 1 tbsp of olive oil, tahini paste and spices. Process until smooth.
- Transfer hummus into a dish. Garnish with reserved chickpeas, olive oil and parsley.