Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lemon Garlic Hummus

Cheap Eat Challenge: Watch as our family of 6 eats on $6/day.

Ever since I read this simple recipe for falafal, I haven't been able to get my mind off of chick peas. The falafal is going to have to wait until my cilantro comes up this spring, so today I indulged myself in some hummus. It was one of those cravings that didn't have time to wait for my chick peas to soak, so I just opened a can of them.

Kip said my can of chick peas smelled like dirty diapers. I said he smelled like dirty diapers. Because that's the kind of mature and nurturing relationship we have.

And then I made hummus, and I left him to feed the real creators of dirty diapers.

Lemon Garlic Hummus
Serves 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cost: $1.05
(chick peas: .65, tahini: .15, lemon juice: .10, olive oil: .10)

Note on tahini: You can usually find it at natural foods stores or in the ethnic and/or gourmet sections of your grocery store. If you've never used it before, it's a type of "butter" (as in peanut butter, almond butter) made from sesame seeds.

1 can chick peas, drained and rinsed (or about 1 1/2 C rehydrated chick peas)
3 Tbsp lemon juice
2-3 Tbsp sesame tahini
1/4 C olive oil
1 clove garlic
1/2 tsp salt

Blend it all up in a blender or food processor. Serve on crackers or cut vegetables.


This recipe, as well as my spinach artichoke dip and Reuben dip, is linked up to the Every Day Sisters bloghop for appetizers. Have a look.


  1. We are real hummus lovers around here. Hummus wraps with lettuce, tomato, and feta cheese liberally spread throughout... YUM! But I use at least three cloves of garlic in mine, and Jan likes to throw in some onion.

  2. I believe it was your (or Jan's) hummus that made a hummus-lover out of me. We had it at book club once several years ago. It was so good. After that, I learned to make my own.

  3. Wow this sounds delicious! I LOVE hummus so I'm not sure why I never tried to tackle this myself. I think I will now!

    My sisters and I just started our first themed blog hop over at beginning tomorrow. This weeks theme is appetizers. We would love for you to come over and share these or any of your favorite appetizer recipe with our blog readers. Have a greet weekend.


  4. Hi Ellen--it's so easy. I'll be sure to hop on over to your blog hop and post it. I also have an awesome spinach artichoke dip. Thanks for the invite and you should totally make hummus because it is so so easy and so so good.



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