Get Down & Dippy with Homemade Hummus!
Prep Time:5 mins, Cook Time: 0 mins, Total Time: 5 mins
April 28, 2014
Dips are one of the best ways I know to get the littlies to eat lots of good stuff. When I know they’ve not been getting their 5 or 7-a-day quota I’m satisfied they’ll easily up it with a dip session. The hummus itself is packed full of nutritious chick peas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil but it’s all the raw pepper, cucumber, celery, carrot or courgette sticks that go with it that are even more brilliant. Like most kids, mine sniff at a raw salad of pretty much any description but always dip in with gusto when served in stick and dip form.
If you’ve never made hummus before then I urge you to. I know it’s not all that expensive to buy and is readily available just about everywhere these days in every possibly variation BUT the homemade stuff is extraordinarily better. Both in flavour and nutrition. Often supermarket hummus can contain large quantities of poor quality oil and unnecessary additives. If you have a hand held stick blender or a food processor you can make your own from start to finish in under five minutes. Truly. And you’ll never be popping it in your supermarket trolley ever again.
Hummus and sticks are also a great way to liven up a lunchbox, I regularly send my two with a little tupperware pot to eat for lunch and for some reason they never fail to be delighted. Or hummus and salad makes for a great sandwich, wrap or pitta pocket filling. And I always have a big dish at children’s parties or play dates, it’s amazing how kids get stuck in when it’s there for the taking. Just try and watch.
I happened to see a flurry of excited social media activity over the weekend about the launch of the Organix No Junk Challenge, and I’ve pledged that me and my little lot shall join in between 28th April and 2nd May. For one week we shall be scouring the backs of packets (not that we have too many of those round here) for things we don’t recognise or added salt or sugars and getting rid. We’ll also be sharing more meals together and cooking a few new foods as a family. I might even get the terrible twosome playing cafes with me and serving the dinner for a fun change. And needless to say my healthy homemade hummus fits totally with the #NoJunk ethos.
I’m also entering my hummus to my Family Foodies event, which I co-host with Vanesther from Bangers and Mash. This month our theme’s ‘Healthy Snacks’ and there’s a fabulous prize from Eats Amazing up for grabs for the winning recipe (myself obviously excluded!). Though you’ll have to be quick as the last date for entry is tomorrow!.
Chick Peas, Tahini, Lemon Juice, Garlic, Olive Oil plus all the lovely raw dip sticks!
Babies 9 – 12 months (no salt), First Finger Foods, Toddlers, Pre-Schoolers, Big Kids, Grown Ups, Sandwich/Wrap/Pitta Filling, Lunch, Lunchbox Dips, Healthy Snacking, After-School Munching, Parties, Birthdays, Picnics
I’m quite liberal with my black pepper and tend to throw in a couple of very generous pinches but my kids are very used to it by now, go easy if yours aren’t! I’m considerably less liberal with the salt and only add the merest of pinches. No salt at all for babies or toddlers.
A hand held stick blender or food processor, I prefer the former as essentially it involves less washing up!
Get Down & Dippy with Homemade Hummus!
Ingredients Prep Time:5 mins, Cook Time: 0 mins, Total Time: 5 mins
1 x 400g tin chick peas, drained though retain the water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon tahini
1 lemon, juiced
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
black pepper and salt (go easy on the pepper and zero salt for babies or toddlers)
1) Place all the ingredients together plus one tablespoon of the retained chick pea water in a largish bowl and whiz together with a stick blender OR place in a food processor and pulse. If it seems a little dry add more of the chick pea water until you have the consistency you like.
2) And that really is all there is to it, other than to serve with a variety of healthy treats!