When I gave up grains, and also found more starchy vegetables such as potatoes and sweet potatoes too sugary and heavy; hummus became a great addition to my meals. If you find just meat/fish with greens/salad not satisfying enough, hummus does the trick! The good fats, protein and complex carbohydrates in hummus help to fill you up, whilst being less sugary than rice or potatoes. It can be used in so many ways: as a dip for roast vegetables, an accompaniment to grilled meat or fish, as a base for poached eggs, a spread for nori seaweed rolls and an afternoon snack with some crudités or seed crackers… The list is endless.
However, over time I found traditional hummus to be a little heavy, and started experimenting with making my own hummus and substituting some of the chickpeas with other vegetables. I came to green pea hummus, as frozen peas require no cooking (unlike red peppers and beetroot which are a hassle to cook), give a good consistency and lend a subtle sweetness and beautiful green colour. Another reason I made my own hummus was that I found ready-made hummus too salty, and so I could control the salt content in mine. This recipe is light, fluffy and oh so delicious, however feel free to adjust the quantities of water and olive oil to get the consistency of your liking. You can also adjust the flavours of this hummus depending on your meal. Try adding chilli powder or harissa for a spicy kick, or to accompany an Asian-style meal, swap the herbs for coriander and the lemon for lime.
Green Pea Hummus – Vegan, Gluten, Grain, Dairy and Sugar free.
Makes a (very) large batch.
- 3 tbsp tahini
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp water (plus extra if desired)
- 1 400g tin of chickpeas
- 275g frozen peas (defrosted for about 30 seconds in boiling water)
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 3-4 tbsp olive oil (plus extra if desired)
- 1 small bunch of mint leaves, washed
- 1 small bunch of basil leaves, washed
- Place the tahini and water in a strong blender/food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and blend till smooth. Add extra olive oil/water if desired.
- Serve at room temperature. Store the the hummus in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5/6 days.
With Love, Spice and Smile,