Basil Houmous

Somedays, littlie’s plate is just missing something. I focus on making sure her meals are well balanced, and full of all the good stuff. But even when her plate is nutritious and delicious, sometimes it just seems to need one more thing.

Step forward dear friend houmous.

She’s recently got very into ‘dipping’. We generally have greek yoghurt based dips, which I’ll sometimes mix through with some soft fruit, or nut butter, or spices for a more savoury dish. More often than not, it’s houmous that we turn to.

With that in mind, here is a tried and tested recipe for the good stuff. It’s absolutely easy peasy, all in a blitzer, on a plate being gobbled up within 5 minutes -promise!

 

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Recipe:

  • 1 tin chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 heaped tbsp tahini
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • large pinch of pink (himalayan salt)
  • bunch of fresh basil leaves
  • 50 ml lukewarm water
  1. In a processor, combine the chickpeas, garlic, tahini and lemon juice.
  2. With the processor still running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil and pinch of salt. Then slowly add the water, you can add as much as you like, depending on your preferred consistency.
  3. Finally, add the basil, and let it all whizz together until you are happy with it. I like my houmous semi-lumpy but runny.
  4. Serve with veggies, cheese, crackers, savoury bites, or use as a spread for sandwiches.

 

Variations:

Basil was what I had in the fridge this day- you can use any herb, or any combo of herbs that you have to hand.

Roasted veggies- I have a particular favourite of roasted carrot & cumin houmous. Simply add the carrot (which has roasted for 40 mins at 180c, drizzled with olive oil and cumin seeds) and a tbsp of cumin seeds.

Pea & Mint- I add frozen peas, and fresh mint. The peas thaw out in the processor, but are still lovely and fresh and keep their vibrant colour. I find cooked peas can look a little dull, and the flavour can be lost.

The possibilities are endless. It’s just such an easy, quick, healthy snack. Please let me know your favourite combos, I’m always looking for new ideas to try!

 

 

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