I am a snacker. I always have been, and I always will be. Five hours between meals is simply too long for me to go with out food! Snacking is good, too. Plenty of studies show that people who eat smaller meals and snack throughout the day generally eat healthier diets.
The key is having healthy snacks on hand. The healthy snacking theory can quickly fall apart if you don’t plan for it. While it’s getting easier to find health alternatives to candy bars and chips, it’s best if you don’t leave that to chance. I like snacks that I can make over the weekend and that will last all week long.
Hummus is one of my favorites. It is delicious and filling, and you can eat it with a variety of things to keep it interesting. My favorites are kamut cakes, carrots, and flax crackers.
There are several ways to make it, believe it or not.The Greek yogurt gives it a little extra zing, and also a little extra heartiness. So good.
Summary: This is a quick and healthy snack or appetizer.
- 1 1/2 cups (1 12 oz can) chick peas
- Juice of two large lemons
- 1 or 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 Tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup organic Tahini
- 2 TBS olive oil
- 1 Tsp of paprika for garnish
- 1 TBS pine nuts for garnish
- Drain the chickpeas, reserving the liquid (to thin the hummus if it’s too thick).
- Add the chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, and salt to the food processor bowl and blend until smooth.
- Add the yogurt, tahini, and 1 TBS of the olive oil and pulse until blended. If the hummus looks too thick, add some of the reserved chickpea liquid (1 TBS at a time).
- When ready to serve, put hummus in a nice bowl. Make a little hole in the middle and add the remaining olive and sprinkle with the paprika and pine nuts.
- Serve with warm pita break, your favorite crackers and/or fresh vegetables (carrots and cucumbers are especially good). The hummus hear is pictured with flax crackers.
You can use dried chick peas instead of canned. Cook them as you normally would, and reserve some of the cooking liquids.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegetarian
Diet tags: High protein
Number of servings (yield): 8
Culinary tradition: Middle Eastern
My food processor is an essential in my kitchen. I use it for just about everything. If you don’t have one, here are a few good ones to consider: