Can hummus be eaten as a main_meal?
As a former Israeli, practically eating this stuff from birth, you’d think I’d be over hummus by now. But, no way! I still, to this day, get Hummus cravings on a regular basis. No wonder, as this popular Israeli dip is so delicious, filling and soooo easy to make. Over in Israel and some other Middle Eastern countries, ‘Hummus Dip’ or, as Israelies call it, ‘Hummus Salad’ or ‘Spread’, can quite often be eaten as a main meal, believe it or not, along with pita pocket bread, salad, and sometimes sautéed mushrooms or lightly roasted pine nuts or falafels.
Hummus_ can_be eaten_ as _ a_main_meal
Chickpeas, which are the main ingredient in Hummus, are a very nutritious legume. They contain loads of fibre, protein and low GI carbohydrates. Combined with rice or bread, they can provide a complete protein. They are also high in iron, which makes them the food of choice for vegetarians or vegans. Chickpeas also contain brain enhancing nutrients like tryptophan, phenylalanine and tyrosine, which all help lift mood. They are also high in Folic acid (great food for mums to be), Omega 3 (for cardiovascular health and brain function), the trace mineral Molybdenum (helps the body detoxify sulphites) as well as the mineral manganese. So many great reasons to get some chickpea power into your life!
Finally, here’s my super-simple KIS Recipe, please feel free to share and enjoy:
Maya’s KIS Israeli Hummus Recipe
1 can of cooked or canned chickpeas, drained
1 tsp unhulled tahini or Israeli tahina (if available)
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp cumin
2 tbsp olive oil
1-2 garlic cloves (add one clove first and taste – if it needs more, add another one)
1/4 – 1/2 cup of water (add 1/4 first, if it needs more water add up to 1/4 cup more)
Juice of of half a lemon
Pinch of sea salt or Himalayan rock salt