I do like hummus, a lot. It is so very easy to make and you can adjust the consistency and ingredients to your own tastes. I usually make a basic hummus then split the portions into 2 or 3 and have one for the toddler, a chilli hummus for myself and then whatever else is requested, they all get wolfed down.
Adding cooked Quinoa to hummus makes it even healthier, see the health notes on my Quinoa post here. Plus the anti-oxidant rich sweet potatoes give it extra taste and valuable nutrients making it a fabulous snack for all the family.
Hummus is made from chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil.
Chickpeas are nutritionally valuable pulses and a great source of protein, they have many health enhancing nutrients and are a good source of isoflavones, vitamin E and iron.
Tahini, made from ground sesame seeds, is also a nutritional powerhouse, a high quality protein and a great source of calcium.
Sweet Potato Quinoa Hummus
1 medium sweet potato – around 100g of cooked product
400g Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons Tahini
1 garlic clove, chopped
60g cooked Quinoa
juice of ½ lemon
2 tablespoons of Olive oil
Bake the sweet potato until soft and tender. Scoop out the cooked sweet potato into a food processor, add the chickpeas, tahini and garlic and whiz it all up until smooth(ish). Scrape down the sides of the food processor if necessary.
Add the cooked Quinoa, lemon juice and olive oil and whiz up again until smooth. If you need to adjust the consistency add a little water at the end.
Add a sprinkle of Paprika and a dash of olive oil to finish. Serve with breadsticks (toddler favourite), vegetable sticks and my favourite, toasted Warburtons Soft Seeded Thins.
|Delicious, soft and smooth!|
Chickpeas: Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, E, Beta-carotene, Biotin, Folic Acid, Calcium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc, Fibre.
Tahini – sesame seeds: Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, E, Beta-carotene, Calcium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc, Fibre, Omega 6 and 9.