The deep flavors of this homemade spread make for a happy sandwich or snack!
Pretty much everyone I know sets the goal to be healthier at the beginning of each year. Unfortunately, I think most people also end up feeling like they could have done better once December rolls around.
If you’re one of those people, I want 2017 to be different for you.
I think the first step to feeling good about our choices is finding the balance between giving yourself a break and being honest with yourself when you’ve been neglecting your health. When we beat ourselves up constantly for not being “healthy” enough, it can be detrimental to success. We end up giving up because even on the days when we are super focused, we slip up. And thats no way to live!
(Above artwork by Cloudy Thurstag. She’s so talented!)
But on the other hand, if you’re one of those people who claims that they eat healthy 90% of the time, and really you’re only eating nutritious meals 60% of the time, you’re not going to see the results you’re expecting. Its incredibly hard to view yourself realistically, but its important to be aware of how often we cut corners and choose convenience over health. If thats your struggle, try recording what you eat for a week or two. I’ve found that this practice alone creates so much awareness of what I put in my mouth, and it helps me to say no to the crap that I mindlessly eat throughout the day.
The second step is finding options that work for you in all arenas. That might mean going to a yoga class three times a week before work. Or choosing to do body weight workouts at home to save money. You might improve your mental health by turning off the t.v. and reading a book for 30 minutes before bed each night, or by sitting outside while you drink your morning coffee.
The area I’m here to help with is food.
For me, making good food choices starts with snacks. I can eat nutritious, balanced meals all day and then eat a whole bag of potato chips by myself in one sitting. So I am super excited to share one of my favorite snacks with you: hummus!
I feel like its important to tell you that this hummus isn’t going to have the exact same taste or texture of store-bought. But to me, thats a good thing. This hummus is much more traditional, thicker, and has such a warm flavor.
It tastes awesome as a spread on sandwiches and wraps, on this yummy Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, and as a snack with some crackers, pita, or veggies. Needless to say, you should have no trouble going through a batch by yourself!
Lets get down to bidness!
Ingredients, as always, are important. The above is the only tahini I’ve ever used, and I love it. Tahini is sesame seed butter and is a key component of traditional hummus. A good quality olive oil, fresh garlic, lemon juice, and fragrant spices turn those plain garbanzo beans into something magical, and the sun dried tomatoes are just icing on the cake!
If you don’t like sun dried tomatoes, feel free to leave them out. You may need some extra oil to make your hummus moist enough. Also, maybe we shouldn’t be friends.
Sun Dried Tomato Hummus Recipe
- 2 cups cooked organic garbanzo beans*
- 3 tbsp organic tahini
- 3 tbsp organic olive oil, or more to taste
- 1 tbsp organic lemon juice
- 2 cloves organic garlic
- 1/4-1/2 tsp organic ground cumin
- 1 tsp sea salt, or more to taste
- 1 tsp organic paprika
- 1 tsp organic parsley
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 tbsp sun dried tomatoes (in oil)
*If using dry garbanzo beans, soak them overnight and cook them in plenty of water in a crockpot until super tender. Drain them well. If using canned beans, you'll need one 15 ounce can. It'll be a little under two cups, but thats ok! Just drain them into a colander and rinse them well.
Peel and chop the garlic cloves. Chop the sun dried tomatoes a bit so they don't end up chunky in the hummus.
Place the cooked beans in a food processor along with the remaining ingredients. Blend everything together on the most powerful setting in order to get a smooth hummus. You may have to blend for around 5 minutes to get the right texture. If the mixture seems too thick or dry, try adding a bit more olive oil. Try to avoid adding water, as the hummus will lose its flavor.
Store in the fridge in an air-tight container to allow all the flavors to incorporate well. Eat within a week for the freshest results.