Everyone Loves Houmous

I don’t know about you but I find I am at my most creative in the kitchen when my purse is empty and all I have to work with is what I have in the house (the longer I have to go without buying fresh ingredients the more creative I get). For this reason I always have dried beans and lentils in the cupboard along with plenty of dried herbs and spices, and a bottle of lemon juice in the fridge. One thing I’ve recently started doing is freezing vegetable waste (peelings and the like) in a bag to use to make vegetable stock which in turn is frozen until I need it. (Thank you Thug Kitchen for that idea!) Today has been one of those days where I haven’t been able to go grocery shopping since before christmas and I really really want some snacks. I had a bar of dairy-free 70% dark chocolate that had bloomed past being edible as is so that was melted down and mixed with some vegan puffed rice to make crispy cakes, then I whipped up some oatmeal cookies using the porridge oats and whole wheat flour I had sitting at the back of the cupboard. Finally, I made this simple and lower-fat version of houmous which uses vegetable broth to replace most of the oil.

Simple Lower-Fat Houmous

1/2 cup dried chickpeas
2 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 garlic clove, finely diced
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup cold vegetable stock
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Soak the chickpeas in water for 8 hours or over night. Drain and rinse them then boil in a large pot for about 50 minutes or until they are tender. Drain and allow to cool.

Once the chickpeas are cold, put them in a food processor with the other ingredients except the vegetable stock.

NOTE: If you don’t have tahini you can sub any other nut butter or leave it out completely. It’s no longer technically houmous but I won’t tell if you don’t 😉

Turn on the food processor and slowly add the stock until you reach a consistency that you enjoy (some people prefer their houmous chunky while others like it smooth, it’s totally up to you!)

Taste and adjust the salt/pepper/lemon to your pallet then transfer to a sealable container and chill before serving.

Posted on 11/01/2015, in Dips and Sauces, Light Bites, Low Fat, Sides, Vegan and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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