Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Health and Nutrition Information- Hummus
Hummus is a Levantine Arab dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.
Hummus is high in iron and vitamin C, and also has significant amounts of folate and vitamin B6.
The chickpeas make it a good source of protein and fiber; the tahini consists mostly of sesame seeds, which are an excellent source of the amino acid methionine, complementing the proteins in the chickpeas.
As an appetizer and dip, hummus is scooped with flatbread (such as pita).
It is also served as part of a meze or as an accompaniment to falafel, grilled chicken, fish or eggplant.
Garnishes include chopped tomato, cucumber, cilantro, parsley, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, whole chickpeas, olive oil, hard-boiled eggs, paprika, sumac, ful, olives and pickles.
Outside the Middle East, it is sometimes served with tortilla chips or crackers.
Want to try something new? My favorite way to use Hummus is to add it to pasta sauce. Adding about 1/4 cup to my pasta sauce makes it creamy and delicious adds extra nutrition.