Well, this recipe for Savory Sesame-free Hummus really fits the bill.
This recipe is our version based on one that we found in a Cooking Light magazine years ago. And I mean years.
My path to health started (though now I know that it was not in a good direction) back in my teenage days when my grandfather passed away from a sudden heart attack while driving. He had already had heart surgery (a triple bypass) in previous years and his mother had died from atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
I thought that low fat and especially low animal protein must be the way to go and so I did. Hard core. Armed with a subscription of Cooking Light magazine I was off and running to the healthy kitchen races.
Not to say that Cooking Light is all bad, mind you, but my mindset combined with their focus, especially at that time, was a recipe (pun intended) for disaster in terms of my health.
This recipe is a winner, however. I recently brought it to a Christmas party for our small group at church and it was a hit with all — health foodies and non health foodies alike. So — now I am sharing it with you!
Why Sesame-free Hummus?
Our family loves hummus. Whenever we get to visit Whole Foods and there is a hummus sample, ours is the family that can't keep away from it. Yours too?
Now you have no reason to spend $5.99 for some small environment spoiling plastic container of hummus that you need to ration for your family.
Anyhow, my oldest has multiple life threatening food allergies. At first we knew that he was allergic to dairy, egg, and peanuts, but later in life we found that he had allergies to most nuts and sesame.
Since we have such an uncontrollable love for hummus, not only was I not paying those super-exorbitant prices for store bought hummus, but I wanted a way for my son to be able share in our hummus love.
So sesame-free hummus it just had to be.
You can make this recipe either with tahini or olive oil. I call this a Sesame-Free Hummus since that is the original recipe. But if you can eat sesame, you can use tahini. So for those allergic to sesame seeds, or if you just don't have tahini in your pantry, you have a sesame-free option!
You can save money by employing this recipe in your kitchen. And even if you are not buying organic beans and aren't de-gassing beans yet, you are making a great step in the right direction.
We are all on the path towards whole foods together and getting there at different times and at different speeds. It is all good.
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More On this Sesame-Free Hummus
- Make extra batches! Hummus may be frozen for a future quick and easy meal. The smooth texture can be restored by adding and stirring in some extra olive oil before serving. We always at least double this recipe and eat it over several days, especially when there is a potluck or other gathering where we will be sharing a dish to pass. One cup of dried beans equals approximately 3 cups of cooked, so you can judge how many cups of beans to start with.
- Keep extra soaked and cooked beans stored in your freezer so that you can whip this up at a moment's notice without needing to depend upon canned beans.
- For those on the Trim Healthy Mama Plan, this can be an E food. Just reduce the oil to 1 tsp and add in extra water or liquid from the garbanzos to desired consistency.
- It is preferable for the garbanzo beans to be organic and cooked with organic ajwain (you can read my post on it here) to aid w/ digestibility. Add 3/4 tsp ajwain per 2 cups dried beans – see my post on How to De-Gas Beans.
- For tips on peeling garlic, see The Easiest Way to Peel Garlic.
- You may substitute tahini for the olive oil. My eldest has a life-threatening allergy to sesame seeds, so we don't use tahini in our hummus and personally I like the lighter flavor of this hummus. But if you really are partial to the sesame flavor, be my guest :).
- If you would prefer to buy your lemon juice, here is a great brand of organic lemon juice.
- Aleppo pepper is wonderful, but hard to find. Any red pepper will work.
Savory Sesame-Free Hummus
- Put all ingredients in a heavy duty blender (aka Vitamix) and/ or food processor.
- Blend until of desired consistency. A typical food processor will need approximately 4 minutes to get it really smooth. My Viking Processor takes about 1-2 minutes. Oh, do I love my food processor.
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