Foodie Friday: Hummus – The Magical Dip

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I had never had hummus until I started dating my husband, five years ago, but since then I have come to love this dip.

In case you are unfamiliar with hummus (like I used to be) it is a dip made from cooked, mashed chickpeas/garbanzo beans with tahini (ground sesame seed paste), lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and garlic. You can make it at home with a food processor or buy it from the store.

We’ve tried hummus from the brands Sabra, Fountain of Health, and Athenos, and we like all of them.  However, we can get a giant 1.5lb tub of Sabra from our local Sam’s Club for about $5, which will last us quite a while. Since we lack a food processor, we’ve yet to successfully make it at home.  There are often different flavors and options you can choose from as well when you buy it from the store.

Hummus is a healthy dip alternative to ranch or French onion dip or other sauces.  Since it’s made from beans and seeds, it is a good source of dietary fibers, protein, iron, and calcium.  It’s full of good natural fats and isn’t very high in calories.

And this dip has proven to be a great way to add some extra calories, nutrients, and flavor into our children’s diet.

My husband eats most of the hummus we buy, usually dipping pita into it.  And since children often are curious about what their parents are eating, wanting to try it, we would let them have bites of pita with hummus on them.

Little did we know they would really like and want to dip other things in there, asking for hummus by name.  I would, therefore, like to dub hummus the magical dip.  Hummus is a dip that gets kids to eat vegetables and other good foods, while being healthy itself.

Our favorite foods to dip in hummus are French bread, pitas, crackers, blue corn chips, tortilla chips, celery, carrots, and bell peppers.

Have you tried hummus?  Do you and your family like it?  What are your favorite dips?

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Katelyn is a stay-at-home mom to three year old fraternal twin girls, Lisa and Alison, and a brand new baby boy, named Michael. She is enjoying having a newborn again and also loving the dynamics (so far) of having kids of different ages. When Katelyn isn’t playing or taking care of her kids, she’s often reading a book, blogging, watching a movie, or taking care of business. She’s also a talented artist, a Sunday School teacher to a group of 6-year old kids, a supportive spouse to her graduate student/math teacher husband, and a musician. She works hard to have a clean house, great preschoolers, and a happy home. She shares bits of advice and much of her life over at her personal blog What’s up Fagan’s?

8 thoughts on “Foodie Friday: Hummus – The Magical Dip”

  1. Hummos is a great sandwich spread, too. My favorite is on a bagel with tomato and cucumber. My family also uses it instead of mayonaise or mustard. I often make it in a blender instead of a food processor.

  2. We aren’t much of a “dip” family, at least in the traditional sense. My girls were probably close to four before they ever had ranch dip, and we eat that only very, very occasionally.

    We, too, love hummus. That’s the side dish for our lunches about four days a week…hummus and fresh veggies. Broccoli, peppers, carrots, and cucumbers are our favorite dippers.

    We also eat a lot of olive oil with fresh pepper or balsamic vinegar in it. We dip bread with the majority of our evening meals.

    The other “dip” we eat is homemade spinach-artichoke dip, or pimento cheese dip, or cucumber dip. We love that with fresh veggies, too.

  3. By the way, one of my girls (now 4 1/2) STILL calls hummus, ‘pummus’. She’s fully capable of saying ‘hummus’, and will do it when she’s asked, but ‘pummus’ seems to be her go-to pronunciation. It’s one of those that I don’t *really* want to see her drop…so sweet! 😉

  4. Hummus is great! My husband is allergic to sesame but I make it without tahini and it still turns out great. In the past, I’ve added a roasted red pepper or roasted Hatch chillies to my homemade hummus and it is delicious. You’ve inspired me to get out the food processor and go make some tonight!

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