You’ve pretty much seen it everywhere recently, the only problem is you just don’t know how to pronounce it, or make it for that matter. Hummus! Is that an ‘H’ or a “CHEish”? Alright, we can go at this all day, so let’s get on with it, shall we? Hummus has proven to be one of the greatest vegan foods of all time. With its versatility, protein-packed properties, and weirdly-difficult name to pronounce, vegans, vegetarians and carnivores are going ape for this Middle-Eastern dish. So folks, what do you say about giving it a go for your own dinner table?
– 15-ounce can chickpeas
– 1 clove garlic
– 1/4 cup olive oil
– 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
– 2 tablespoons tahini (if you don’t have, it’s not a necessity)
– 1 teaspoon cumin
– salt and pepper to taste
– 1/4 teaspoon paprika (save till the end)
– Throw all the ingredients into a food processor and let it work until the consistency is smooth and creamy (add water or olive oil if necessary)
– Smear it onto a plate with the back of a spoon in a circular motion
– Drizzle olive oil and the paprika on top
For The Vegan
Are you a vegan? Is your mouth watering? Have you run off to prepare some hummus without reading about the benefits of hummus? Well, considering that you’re still sitting here reading, let me tell you a little about why this dish is healthy for you. Hummus reduces hypertension (we can all get a kick out of that these days), it protects us against heart disease, it balances cholesterol in the body, and best of all, it is an excellent source of protein. No meat!
For The Vegetarian
For the vegetarians out there, you have the option to add a hard-boiled egg to the mix. Those living in the Middle East love their hummus, and hard-boiled eggs go hand-in-hand like sunshine and olive-tanned skin. The egg doesn’t need to be piping hot, but it should be peeled, placed on top of the hummus and topped up with a batch of glazed onion strips. Mmm-mmm-mmmmm!
For The Carnivore
You guessed it – we’re going to add meat for this one. While pretty much every kind of meat will turn this dish into a carnivore’s paradise, I’ve found that using minced beef is my personal favorite. I get out a frying pan, choose not to oil it, throw in some fresh minced meat and add just enough teriyaki sauce to coat all the meat. Then I throw in some salt and pepper and let it fry just long enough for the meat to turn from red to brown.
It’s no secret that food is the way to
a man’s stomach, erm… the negotiation table. So if you’re looking for peace, the inner kind or that of the Middle-Eastern persuasion, perhaps hummus should be your first choice. Easy, tasty, healthy, and good for humanity.