Sunday, March 11, 2012

Hummus for Happiness

Hummus is good for the soul.  This isn't a question, it is a fact.  There really is no debating its benefits for mind and body both.  The thing I love most about it is its versatility.  A little less garlic, a few more veggies, the perfect combination of spices; it certainly doesn't disappoint when made for individuals' tastes.  I also love the versatility of the dipping vessels available--carrots, celery, pita bread or chips, broccoli, my finger.  Each provides a different, yet equally delicious, complement to the obliterated garbanzo beans.  The toppings are great too--kalamata olives, tomatoes, feta cheese, pine nuts, roasted almonds, cucumber.  Yum.

I also love hummus because it brings people together.  The process of sharing promotes conversation and facilitates relationship building.  It is more than sharing a pizza or nachos together because those are already made.  With hummus, you get to share the composition of the perfect bite.  You may like more feta, I may like more tomato.  You may like pita bread, I may like carrots.  Regardless, we both love it.  It is a journey.  What's mine is yours. 

Looking forward to sharing hummus with my loved ones for years to come.


Roasted Pepper and Sundried Tomato Hummus:
(This "recipe" is real loose.  Interpret as you wish.)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups, garbanzo beans (loosely drained)
  • a number of glugs of olive oil
  • a teaspoon-ish of cumin
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • the juice of half a lemon
  • 1 roasted pepper
  • a few spoonfuls of sundried tomatoes in oil
  1. Throw everything in a food processor and pulse until desired consistency. 
  2. Taste.
  3. Adjust.
  4. Enjoy with your favorite toppings and dipping vessels.

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