Mailbag Monday…

Question: What is hummus? Is it difficult to make? Is it healthy? j4kesutter, California

Answer: First, let me say, I’m listening to Depeche Mode, sitting at my desk, looking out the window – blue sky, palm trees swaying, and mid 70s – WOW! And now about the hummus – a Mediterranean staple akin to chips and salsa! It’s the perfect easy-to-make, healthy, tasty dip! Hummus is made using garbanzo beans, tahini (sesame paste), garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. What’s wondrous about this simple dip is its universal “comfort food” appeal. You can make the basic recipe and embellish it to your heart’s content.


Ingredients: (measurements are approximate – follow your taste buds!)

  • Garbanzo beans (15 oz can organic canned are perfect)
  • Tahini – 1/2 cup
  • Lemon juice – splash, or two or three – to taste
  • Olive oil – 1/8 cup or to taste
  • Garlic – 2 or 3 cloves
  • Cumin – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Chopped parsley – 5 sprigs
  • Salt to taste (probably won’t need much)


Using a food processor, blend together the first six ingredients until smooth and creamy. Adjust with salt to taste. Finish by drizzling a little extra olive oil, and chopped parsley.  Serve with pita bread, tortilla chips, sliced baguettes, sliced bellpeppers, cucumbers, carrot sticks – whatever strikes your fancy.


Make basic recipe and add anything that your taste buds desire, for example:

  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers
  • 1/2 fresh cilantro
  • Kalalmata Olives
  • Any fun flavor you think will work

Add any of these to your ingredients and blend with the basic recipe.

And yes, hummus is healthy, and a staple for vegetarian diets. It’s a fun party dip, and great to make a batch and keep in the fridge for healthy snacking!

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4 Responses to “Mailbag Monday…”

  1. 1 Kevin
    January 11, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I’d forgotten how easy it is to make hummus. Thanks for the reminder and the recipe!

  2. 3 St. Paul
    January 14, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Glad to be St. Paul again on another blog! Hopefully I’ll have a better Avatar than the one Jake assigned me on the last one! That pink Avatar really threatened my small semblance of masculinity! Anyway, Brian and I LOVE LOVE LOVE hummus! Sometimes we add a secret “special” ingredient which I will divulge at a later date. GREAT blog, guys!

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