As I continue on my healthy eating challenge, it’s certainly been filled with a few bumps. Some cravings here and minor adjustments to my diet there, have left me wanting to find some great snacking options. I love last week’s protein balls I made, and this week I opted to make my own hummus…a Homemade Cucumber Dill Hummus actually.
I love hummus and the fact that it can take on lots of different flavors. I don’t know about you but I heard lately of some hummus recalls and thought…you know, I could totally make my own. And when I found this recipe and already had everything I needed on hand, well it was fate. I have to give props to the site Vegan Family Recipes, which I’ve found awesome recipes on 2 weeks in a row! Can’t wait to check out what else they have going on in the future.
Did you know hummus was a cinch to make? I always figured it was except for the tahini part. Tahini is basically sesame seeds ground into a paste and seemed so difficult to find until suddenly it was everywhere I’ve looked lately in the grocery store. So having that on hand already made this decision super easy.
All you do is grab a food processor and add to it half a cucumber (skin and all), a couple sprigs of fresh dill (minus the stems), one garlic clove, 2 cups of garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas), some fresh lemon juice, tahini, salt, and olive oil. Process away until the hummus is nice and smooth and voila…hummus is done!
I served mine up with a little drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a little leftover fresh dill for garnish, and finally a sprinkle of smoked paprika because I can. I’d like to take a moment and share how much I love smoked paprika and how I strongly think you need it in your spice cabinet if you don’t already. The smell alone makes it worth it, but I’ve found I’ve used it in a ton of recipes and it is so good. It adds a lovely, smokey (duh) flavor that isn’t overpowering…just delightful. Please go buy some on your next grocery shopping trip…pretty please?
You can serve up your hummus with whatever you prefer. I went with baby carrots and some sliced green pepper, but chips, pita chips or pita bread, or your favorite veggie are all amazing with it. I almost had some cucumbers with it, but that somehow seemed a little cannibalistic in my twisted mind, so carrots and peppers it was!
Can’t wait for you to try your own hummus at home. Click away for this delicious Homemade Cucumber Dill Hummus recipe and step by step instructions. Happy healthy snacking!!
A look back:
One year ago: Red Chard, You Say? Yes, Red Chard and Garlic Linguine It Is!
Two years ago: Craving Muffins – Pink Grapefruit Muffins to be Exact
Three years ago: Learning to Love Salads – Part 6: Chopped Salad
Four years ago: All About Lentils