Have you ever noticed how long weekends can feel especially short? I myself try to plan so many things into holiday weekends that Tuesday comes and it feels as though the extra day never happened. For the many of us who will celebrate Memorial Day with a cookout or get-together, it pays to have simple, go-to snack recipe up our sleeve. Hummus is something that everyone can enjoy, plus you probably have the majority of the base ingredients in your pantry already. If you want to make this recipe your own, try adding about ½ cup of roasted red peppers, spinach, or fresh basil. Making one batch of this in lieu of store-bought hummus costs less than half as much, makes twice as much as your traditional “Party-Size” hummus, and since you control what goes in, you also save yourself some preservatives and extra salt. Kick back and enjoy your long weekend – and take the time you save by making this stress-free snack to reflect on the real meaning of Memorial Day.
Makes about 2 ½ cups
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons tahini
Juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon paprika
Olive oil and red pepper flakes for garnish (optional)
Place ingredients in a food processor or heavy duty blender. Blend on high until combined and hummus is at desired texture. Add more olive oil slowly if you want a creamier hummus. Adjust seasonings as to taste. Serve with cut veggies and homemade pita or tortilla chips, use as a spread on sandwiches or to top a salad.
Enjoy and have a delicious weekend!
Until next time, remember that… there are no excuses when it comes to your health!