Jamie Oliver has the most delicious ‘Smashed Chickpea’ recipe. This is basically it, minus the chillies and smashing, so my kids will eat it.
After a few weeks of over indulgence I need to focus on getting adequate veges and protein into the kids. Fruit has never been an issue, nor has veges for the girls. But the boys need some encouraging. Levi will not eat legumes but when I blitz the following recipe up in the food processor he devours it. He even dips carrot in and eats it all up! A small victory!
If making it for adults then it is well worth adding the dried chillies pounded up or a bit of dried chilli flakes.
not quite hommus
1 tin of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, pounded up in a mortar and pestle
1 clove of garlic, pounded into a paste in a mortar and pestle
juice of 1 lemon, or to taste
extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Put the chickpeas, cumin, garlic, squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil into a food processor. Blitz until smooth then add more lemon juice, more olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
After I had the flavour just right I found the mixture was still quite thick so I added just a drizzle of water and blitzed again.
Pop into a bowl and drizzle with a little more olive oil. Serve with baked pita bread shards and veges to dip.