When I first started building my recipe for a low point garlic hummus, I quickly realized the amount of olive oil and tahini required would be an issue. At almost 7 points for a serving even on the most flexible myww purple plan, I knew I would need to make adjustments. That's when I discovered Tamari. Keep reading to find out just how fantastic this turned out to be!
It's Possible to Have A Low Point Garlic Hummus!
Hummus is one of those snack foods that I could eat all day long. It's such a versatile dip that I could use it with a variety of different things for dippers. Do you have leftover veggies? Dip them in hummus! Low points chips in your pantry? Grab the hummus! Making a wrap for lunch? Use hummus instead of mayonnaise! But with the olive oil and tahini being so high in points, is it possible to have a low point hummus? Absolutely!
What Is Hummus?
Hummus is a classic Middle Eastern recipe that is made when you drain and rinse chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, and in a food processor combine it with tahini and other spices to make a smooth and creamy dip. While you can find hummus in practically any grocery store, it's actually very simple to make hummus at home.
Frequently Asked Questions About Hummus:
Is Hummus Healthy For A Low Carb Lifestyle?
For the most part, hummus is rich in healthy fats, fiber and protein which balances the higher carb count in the chickpeas. If you are following a strict keto diet, substitute garbanzo beans in part with cauliflower to decrease the net carbs. However, if you are just trying to lower the amount of carbs you are consuming, the net carbs in 1/3 cup of hummus is roughly 13 grams, which could be compatible with certain low carb diets.
According to Ryan Raman, MS, RD, “Research has linked hummus and its ingredients to a variety of impressive health benefits, including helping fight inflammation, improving blood sugar control, better digestive health, lower heart disease risk and weight loss.
Moreover, hummus is naturally free of common food allergens and irritants, such as gluten, nuts and dairy, which means it can be enjoyed by most people.”
What Can I Substitute for Tahini in Hummus?
The tahini is what gives hummus the nutty flavor and texture that it is known (and loved) for. Recently, I've discovered tamari, which is very similar to soy sauce. It provides the umami flavor that's needed without the added fats in the oil or tahini.
Is it better to use canned chickpeas or dried chickpeas?
This really depends on the amount of time you want to invest in making your hummus. Fresh is always best, but several food bloggers and chefs over the years have made the claim that canned chickpeas can be on par with standard hummus that you purchase in a grocery store.
How Do I Make Hummus smooth and creamy?
If you have the time to soak, rinse and cook your chickpeas, here's what you would do:
- Soak the dried chickpeas in a pot with a sprig of thyme for 12 hours before cooking.
- Rinse the pot and drain the beans before adding in 2-3 cloves of garlic, thyme, a tsp of salt and a teaspoon of baking soda to your beans as they cook to really soften them
- After cooking, rinse well and massage off any remaining skins before adding to the food processor.
This results in the rich, smooth and creamy texture in your hummus that you are looking for.
What Other Toppings Can I Add To Hummus?
When you are thinking about toppings to include in your hummus, think about the standard varieties you would find in a grocery store. Once you have made your delicious and creamy homemade hummus recipe, consider elevating it with toppings to amp up the flavor to the next level.
- Roasted Red Pepper
- Pine Nuts
- Pomegranate and Molasses
- Diced tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, basil
- Lemon juice, goat cheese and thyme
- Tomatoes roasted with Za'atar seasoning
- Sliced olives and salami
- Avocado, Tomatoes, Cilantro and Cotijia cheese
- Pepperoni and Mozzarella
- Salsa, black beans and corn
- Corn, cotijia cheese, lime juice and cilantro
- Lemon and Pesto
What Other Dishes Can I Make With Hummus?
Typically, when you think about hummus, it's a Mediterranean style dish. Therefore, the dishes you serve along side it should be inspired by similar flavors of rosemary, thyme, garlic, lemon, etc. I would recommend trying some of these dishes:
- One Pan Rosemary Lemon Chicken
- Easy Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
- Herb Rubbed Pork Chops
- Braised Chicken with Mushrooms and Artichokes
Check out these other dip recipes as well.
**Point Can Vary Based on the Ingredients You Choose. Please Double Check Your App For Point Values!**
Low Point Garlic Hummus
- 1 15-ounce can of chickpeas (rinsed and drained)*
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Bragg Liquid Aminos or low-sodium tamari
- 3 tablespoons water or vegetable broth
- 1 tbsp olive oil *Optional – Drizzle on top
- Gather your ingredients and place them into a food processor.
- Using pulse, Blend all the ingredients into a thick paste, using a small amount of water as necessary to achieve desired consistency.
- Serve chilled with fresh vegetable slices
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