Hummus, Chickpeas, Appetizer

I had a dream last night where I had been planning our dinner for the night. First off, it was sad I was dreaming about planning dinner. Secondly, in my dream, my child was little again and to my surprise was requesting hummus. What’s hummus? It spurred me to do a bit of research on the topic and it all began with a simple definition.
Once”Googling” the word hummus (also spelled houmous, hommus, or humus), I have discovered that hummus is a dip made up mostly of sesame seed paste and chickpea paste. Common flavoring additives include lemon juice, paprika, garlic and olive oil.
Being frugal, I was amazed at just how cheap this versatile dip could be! You can create your own hummus by soaking dried chickpeas overnight and then simmering them for about an hour. After they are cooked, you grind them in a food processor or hand mixer with a little olive oil and lemon juice. You may also add some of the chickpea broth till you’ve got the desirable”dip-like” consistency. You can use hummus as a dip for veggies, tortilla chips or flatbread making this an incredibly versatile staple!
Hummus is also extremely rich in protein, fiber and iron which makes it a real vegetarian’s dream. Make an Italian hummus with the addition of fresh basil and chopped tomatoes. Stuff pita shells with hummus, add a little lettuce and create a tasty alternative to the normal peanut butter and jelly. The possibilities are endless!

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