Easy Homemade Hummus

For those of you who don’t know.. I’ve been vegetarian for about 2 months now. Originally I decided to cut meat basically because most of the unhealthy foods I adore have meat in them. Think cheeseburgers, cheesesteak, fried chicken, taco bell?!!!? They are all so very yummy, but oh so bad for you. So for the past couple of months, I’ve gotten to experiment with a whole new way of eating. Chickpeas are a great option for not only vegetarians, but everyone! Who doesn’t love hummus? It’s an extremely crowd-pleasing item. Not to mention all of the variations possible.

First things first.. I’m sure you’re all sitting there being irresistibly curious as to what I look like while I’m in the kitchen. So I’m going to share something with you that has only been seen by my family’s eyes up until this point…

Image Yes, that’s an apron with flames on it. I was required to make an apron in 8th grade. Obviously I chose a double-sided apron with blue flames on one side, and red on the other. Please hold all comments about being a hot chef until the end of the blog post.

Okay! Time to get going.. here’s what you are going to need to make your hummus.

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Easy Homemade Hummus

2 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans) – drained and rinsed
6 tablespoons Tahini (I used unsalted)
3 cloves garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
1 1/2-2 cups extra virgin olive oil
About a teaspoon of ground red pepper (SPICE!) – optional
Olive oil and paprika for garnish

Combine chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and ground red pepper in your food processor. Start blending the ingredients, while slowly drizzling olive oil into the mixture. It will be thick. Add as much oil to achieve the consistency that you prefer for hummus. Less oil obviously means it will be thicker. For extra creamy hummus, drizzle in a few tablespoons of water at the very end and it will create a creamy cloud of chickpea beauty.

ImageHere’s the chickpeas in action!

ImageI know that a lot of you might not have Tahini, since I’m sure a decent part of my audience is in college. It is a little pricey, but you get a HUGE jar of it. It’s basically ground up sesame seeds. It isn’t exactly delectable on its own, but it’s perfect in hummus!

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If you’d like something besides vegetables to dip into your hummus, consider some homemade pita chips. I used store-bought whole pitas and cut them into small triangles. Preheat your oven to about 375 degrees, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake for about 7-10 minutes. Before you know it, you’ll have the beauties in the picture right below this. So crispy, yet still somewhat soft.

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And as far as garnishing goes, the traditional way of serving hummus in restaurants is sprinkled with paprika and drizzled with oil. So, sticking with tradition.. here’s what my final product looked like.

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Another! Yum yum.Image

So this is my first food post! I know it’s an incredibly simple recipe and the photos/setting of the photos aren’t exactly my best work, but I think that’s completely fine for my first time sharing things with the world. I’m sure things will get easier with time and the more that I do them..

I’ll leave you with a question! What would you like to see next? A DIY craft? More food? If you have a request, leave me a comment! I’m interested to know what people want to see!

-N

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The Beginning

How do you let everyone know that you’re starting from scratch again? I can’t be the only person who feels like I’m running in about 100 different directions trying to find my purpose in life. I’ve been racking my brains trying to think of an occupation I could pursue that would combine everything I love into one. Unfortunately, most practical jobs have you just doing one thing day-in and day-out. Am I the only one who isn’t satisfied with that? I can’t be, right?

It’s currently February. The month of my birth, the second month of the year, a month with great promise. It contains birthdays, anniversaries, our beloved Valentine’s Day, and many other personal days for people. For me, February is a fresh start. It’s turning over a new leaf and trying to do what I’ve been too afraid to do for too long.

I’ve had friends suggest starting a food blog in the past after whipping up desserts out of nothing in their kitchen. I’ve had my own photography website before. I glitter in private. I do all of these things that I love and think I’m decent at. What if I shared all of my projects and experiments with the world? Would they listen? Would they maybe even try what I’ve tried? My fear is that every single word I have to say will fall upon deaf ears, unwilling to listen.

I’m on a kick of trying to swallow my fears and teach them who’s boss. The first step in taking over my own life is starting this blog. It will be small and might not get many readers, but it will be mine. And I can share all of my failures, successes, heartbreaks, and goals in one place.

So if I fail, I’ll fail because I tried and not because I was too afraid to even begin.

-N