Summertime is equated with eating fresh, cold, and light. Fresh vegetables, main dish salad ingredients, and in season fruits are always on hand. My meals look more like snacks in the summer. Hubby on the other hand, has to have his meat. With only two of us at home, I find it quite easy to prepare summertime meals that satisfy us both. Fire up the grill, char a piece of meat and he’s happy.
In preparing for the last #SundaySuper I cooked several varieties of beans and roasted a few pounds of mini sweet peppers. These are both great salad ingredients but better still make for a tremendous hummus. What's more, hummus is something hubby and I both enjoy enormously… score!
No Tahini Hummus Recipe
2 cupschickpeas or garbanzo beans (if using canned drain, rinsed and towel dry)
3 Tbsplemon or lime juice
4 - 5 Tbsp.olive oil
2 tsp.garlic, crushed or minced
1/2 tsp.black pepper
1/2 tsp.smoked sweet paprika
3 Tbsp.sesame oil
In a food processor, blend chickpeas, lemon or lime juice, and 4 Tbsp. of olive oil.
Add the garlic and spices, then sesame oil and blend to a smooth paste.
Add optional ingredients if using and blend.
If mixture is too dry, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil a little at a time until desired creaminess is reached.
This is not my first attempt at making hummus however it IS the best hummus recipe I’ve prepared to date. The sesame oil permeates that wonderful nutty flavor that an expensive tahini would traditionally provide the hummus. A subtle sweet smoky flavor is derived from the paprika, which is more than a hint but not overbearing. Versatile and easy, this one is now my go to hummus for sure!
Optional Hummus Ingredients
Roasted Mini Sweet Peppers – My favorite by far; added 1/2 cup chopped peppers seeds and all
Black and Green Olives – 1/4 cup chopped; Instead of adding final olive oil I used the juice from the olives
Fresh chopped Parsley and Cilantro - 1 Tbsp each; I used ½ lemon and ½ lime juice with the fresh herbs because to me lemon is more subtle than lime. (shown above)
What is your favorite hummus flavor?
By the way, see those cute Pillsbury Baguette Chips, they are the bomb! I'm giving away 6 bags on my other blog. They are a fab accompaniment to hummus and make a fun topping for salads too!
I had to go into the kitchen and check this out for myself. Whoever looks at the end of your aluminum foil box? You know when you try to pull some foil out and the roll comes out of the box. Then you have to put the roll back in the box and start over. The darn roll always comes out at the wrong time. Well, I would like to share this with you. Yesterday I went to throw out an empty Reynolds foil box and for some reason I turned it and looked at the end of the box. And written on the end it said, Press here to lock end. Right there on the end of the box is a tab to lock the roll in place. How long has this little locking tab been there? I then looked at a generic brand of aluminum foil and it had one, too. I then looked at a box of Saran wrap and it had one too! I can't count the number of times the Saran wrap roll has jumped out when I was trying to cover something up. I'm sharing this with my friends. I hope I'm not the only person that didn't know about this.