Thursday, February 28, 2008

a lower fat hummus: southwest meets mid-east

I love hummus. Unfortunately, hummus can be very fattening from the chickpeas themselves, tahini and olive oil. In the past, to the cut fat I would use the bean cooking liquid but still used tahini and olive oil. This time around I decided to not use olive oil at all and only use a little tahini and a lot more of the bean cooking liquid. To make up for the missing fat, I had to pump up the flavors from the add ins.
What resulted was a Smoky Chili Lime Hummus.
I cooked 1 cup of dried chickpeas that I soaked over night, with garlic salt and 3 bay leaves for about 2 hours (this gives around 2 cups of cooked chickpeas). I drained the chickpeas and reserved the cooking liquid. I added to the chickpeas, the juice of one big lime, about 1 tablespoon of tahini, a dash of cumin, a couple heavy dashes of chipotle powder, a dash of regular chili powder, 1 garlic clove and sea salt. I used my immersion blender to get a very smooth consistency, adding the reserved cooking liquid as needed until it got to the consistency and texture that I like in a hummus. I topped the hummus with lime zest and sweet paprika. This hummus inspired snack turned out bright, smoky and spicy. If I make this again, I might add a little chopped cilantro on top (just a little though, a little goes a long way).
I divided this batch of hummus into 8 servings, each serving has about 110 calories and 2 grams of fat, and 4 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. I ate this for lunch with cauliflower florets and carrots sticks and I didn't missed all the fat.


Jennifer said...

Ah, this is the way to my heart! Two of my favorite things, hummus (which you will see a LOT of during the summer when the fresh veggies are abundant), and southwestern (especially spicy) flavors. Good way of cutting the fat!

Give me some fresh veggies, whole wheat pita bread (or tortilla chips for that matter!), and some of that hummus of yours and I would be one happy girl.....

Sounds like you are doing well on your 'eating well' challenge. And I must say, the food you post keeps getting better and better! I will be marking down this variation of hummus to try over the summer.

VeggieGirl said...

I always prefer a hummus that isn't so heavy on oil - much lighter, and often (surprisingly) more flavorful without it! looks great!

Calimaryn said...

Looks yummy! I am so going to have to try this.

One tip, if you toss in whole garlic cloves during the soaking of the chickpeas they will take that flavor a lot more that seasoning the cooking water! Just remember to remove the cloves when you rinse the soak water away if you don't want them in the hummus.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

MMmm hummus! I don't know that I've ever had a bad-tasting hummus (although I will admit that some are better than others).

Melody Polakow said...

Looks awesome.. I love lime juice in humus and think when you cut the fat it works better. I never use olive oil in hummus anymore.. only tahini and cooking liquid.

Keep up the great work with the lower calorie foods! It's fun to play around in the kitchen to get great tasting food for less calories.

Ashley Nicole said...

MMM, that hummus looks amazing!! I'm going to be making some Saturday, so i'll have to try the lower fat approach (I need to shed some unhealthy pounds).

Hey, I wanted to see if we were still on for Saba this weekend for brunch? I left a vm on Jared's phone last night (I probably sounded like I was on crack, I just had 4 shots of espresso shortly before haha). I was thinking we could meet there on Sunday at 10am or something? You let me know what works well for you two!! Hope your arm is doing well!

-Ashley Nicole

pleasantly plump vegan said...
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pleasantly plump vegan said...

Yeah, we are def down for brunch on Sunday!!! 10 sounds great too. He said you called but he didn't tell me you guys didn't speak. I assumed he told you guys we wanted to meet up, otherwise, I would have called you back!
so, we will see you at 10 on Sunday at Saba in Decatur!
can't wait!!!!

Ashley Nicole said...

No worries! Awesome, we'll see you then! I'm excited!

-Ashley Nicole

Maxcactus said...

I like the name of your recipe. I am sure that this would work for me too.

Anonymous said...

Huzzah! Lower fat hummus. I love it. Great combo. =)

Emma said...

yum good ideA!!!

Liz² said...

That hummus sounds yummus! (sorry, had to say it :D)

I hardly ever use oil in my hummuses too. Just tahini and bean liquid, and - don't tell anyone - sometimes nondairy milk if I don't have bean liquid around, because water just doesn't work right. I actually find the super creamy kind of hummus a little weird, it's all whippy and moussey and stuff! It doesn't taste like healthy!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Sounds GOOD! I think I may soak some chickpeas tonight.

Veggie Cookster said...

Hummus is one of my staples... I was going to make my usual recipe this weekend, but this one sounds interesting AND I like the fact that it has less fat. Thanks for sharing! :)

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