After I found out about my food allergies (dairy, egg, gluten, to name the big ones) I was at a loss for many things. Among them was snack food. I especially was missing something I could use as a spread instead of cream cheese and something I could use as a dip for veggies or chips. I was happy to rediscover hummus and realize it could fit both of those bills. Previously I wasn’t a huge hummus fan. I didn’t dislike it but I didn’t seek it out either. If you gave me the choice in a Greek restaurant I would have picked Tzatziki every time. Of course, I can’t eat Tzatziki anymore.
Now hummus is one of my favourite go to foods. I often will have it on a sandwich or toast with vegetables. I particularly like to have toast with hummus and cucumber slices for breakfast. I also use it as a dip for cut up veggies which my daughter loves, too. And before discovering my daughter’s corn sensitivity I used to use rice chips (which contain corn flour) or tortilla chips to dip in hummus which was one of my favourite snacks when I was craving something salty.
This is one of those recipes that I now have in my head. I am not sure where I got the original recipe from otherwise I would love to give them credit for it. I have also adapted it to use grape seed oil instead of olive oil because my daughter seems to be sensitive to olive oil, too.
Actually, I have just had an epiphany while writing this post. Somewhere along the way I read an article about how they have mixed cheap oil in with olive oil and have sold it to us, unsuspecting consumers. Once of the cheap oils they used was corn oil. I am suddenly realizing that my daughter’s sensitivity isn’t to olive oil at all but to the corn oil mixed in. Hmmm. I am going to have to research this some more, find some pure olive oil and see how she does. It really is quite appalling what the food industry gets away with.
- 14 oz. can chickpeas (drained)
- 1 clove garlic
- 3 – 5 Tblsp. lemon juice
- 1 1/2 Tblsp. tahini
- 2 Tblsp. grapeseed oil (or olive oil)
- salt to taste
- water (if required)
- Add all the ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend to desired consistency. (I like it to be a touch chunky but some like it smoother). If it is a little dry you can add a little water.