Did I seriously just say that?
Anyway, here is the hummus recipe as promised in my 21 Day Fix Chia Cracker post.
If you’re just joining us, then you have landed smack dab in the middle of my 21 Day Fix experience!
I’ve been cooking a lot of homemade recipes lately, because the 21 Day Fix requires minimally processed foods.
I dove head-first into making this spinach and red pepper hummus the other night, because I realized that I could fill 1 blue container with hummus. And I LOVE HUMMUS.
I must say that, while I love all my hummus batches, this one, in particular, is INCREDIBLE. I think it’s the red bell pepper.
Homemade Spinach and Red Pepper Hummus
1 15-oz. can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2-3 T. of Aldi’s Tahini Goddess dressing (Aldi’s link to this dressing is broken, otherwise you KNOW I’d give it to you) 😉
1 handful of baby spinach
extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
juice from 1/2 of lemon
1/2 of a red bell pepper, diced
crushed red pepper flakes
1) Dump drained and rinsed chickpeas into a food processor. This is the cute food processor I use.
2) Pour 2-3 T. of Tahini dressing onto chickpeas. If you don’t have this dressing, just add salt and pepper to taste.
3) Add the juice from half a lemon.
4) Stuff in a handful of baby spinach.
5) Drizzle in a tablespoon or two of EVOO.
6) Pulse pulse pulse.
7) Sprinkle in crushed red pepper flakes (and more EVOO, if your mixture isn’t blending smoothly, yet).
8) Add diced red pepper and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
9) Pulse until the hummus is as smooth as you like it.
10) Serve with some delicious Homemade Chia Crackers.
And now, for the step-by-step pictures!
This is what Aldi’s Tahini Goddess dressing looks like. It’s in the same location as the rest of their salad dressings. It tastes so good! And I like to use it when I make hummus because it provides that classic tahini flavor usually found in hummus:
Bird’s eye view of chickpeas + Tahini dressing + lemon juice:
Stuff that spinach in there and drizzle on some EVOO:
Blend, blend, blend, and then add some crushed red pepper flakes (and more EVOO if needed):
Blend, blend, blend, and then add some diced red pepper and sesame seeds:
BLEND BLEND BLEND and BAM! Spinach and Red Pepper Hummus!
Transfer to a storage container and sprinkle a few extra crushed red peppers on top (for spice and aesthetics):
(Ignore shoddy nail polish) and serve with Homemade Chia Crackers, of course!
Now THAT is what I call a healthy, wholesome snack.
Hummus is such a modge-podge food to make. I’ve made it a TON of ways. Sometimes I’ll toss in black beans, sometimes I’ll throw in cilantro, and sometimes I’ll add chili powder. Just toss and taste, toss and taste.
Note: I added the red peppers at the end and tried not to over-blend so as to ensure I had some cute pieces of red pepper flecked throughout my hummus.
Now, go forth, my daring hummus lover, and recreate this masterpiece in your own kitchen. Then, tag me in a picture of your hummus on Instagram (@perksofinterest)!