Five Minute Hummus

One of the questions I get a lot is, how do I make and photograph and then EAT all this stuff and not weigh 500 pounds?  (The questions usually are asked in a much nicer way than that, but that’s the general drift.)  And while I’m not as slender as I was before I got-married-had-a-baby-started-a-food-blog, I’m so far still fitting into the same size Levi’s I’ve been wearing for the last 10 years or so.  One of the answers I always give (and it is very true) is this: small plates!  I’m a great believer in eating things that are truly delicious, and I’d rather have a little bit of bacon then a whole lot of celery.

However, from time to time I have to resort to, shall we say, a more strict eating regimen?  Just for a little while until the Levi’s can be buttoned without the whole lie down on the floor trick.  And this time, I am going for Mark Bittman’s routine which he calls Simple Till Six.  The basic gist is this: you eat like a vegan from the minute you wake up until 6pm…and then you eat the way you always eat, maybe watching things a little more carefully, but in general, going your usual bacon-loving way.

So I’ve been doing this for the past month or so, and it’s actually been pretty great, both for my Levi’s and in terms of coming up with some interesting recipes that rely exclusively on veggies, fruits, whole grains, nuts and anything else that doesn’t involve meat/poultry/fish/dairy/eggs/bacon.  And that I, food-worshipper that I am, actually LIKE.  So, I am going to start a new “vegan” tag on these recipes so I can keep track, and the first one I made and adore is this one.  I can’t believe I have been buying overpriced, pre-packaged, not-as-good hummus at the supermarket when I can literally make it in LESS than 5 minutes at home.

I’ll put the recipe in formal form below just to be all official, but here’s basically what it is: Dump the following items in your food processor: one can of drained chick peas, 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, a clove of garlic, 2 tablespoons tahini (this is optional but I like the taste).  Press the on switch and let it rip until it looks like hummus.  You can thin it down with a tablespoon or two of water if you like your hummus really smooth.

After that, feel free to garnish it with a little paprika, maybe an extra swirl of olive oil, and then it’s just a matter of deciding what you will be scooping it up with.  Pita chips, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices and your finger all work equally well.

And at 6pm, I’ll be breaking out the bacon. 

Five Minute Hummus
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1⁄4 cup olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (optional but great!)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  1. In a food processor, puree the chickpeas and garlic with the olive oil, lemon juice, tahini (if using), cumin, and ¾ teaspoon salt until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add 2-3 tablespoons water as necessary if you like your hummus creamier.
  3. Transfer to a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the paprika before serving.

Recipe adapted slightly from Real Simple


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  1. Joanne says

    I love Bittman's plan but I tend to reverse dinner and lunch (better lighting) so I do vegan until 1, then lunch, then vegan again! Hummus is one of my most favorite things to eat of all time and I am loving how simple this recipe is!

  2. Beth S. says

    I have that recipe saved from Real Simple but I haven't made it yet. I really should. It's not like it takes a long time to make, right? :o)

  3. Marisa says

    I love this idea. (I also love Joanne's idea of dinner for lunch due to the lighting!) I call my current approach "2/3 vegetarian," because I only have meat once a day. If I could cut out the cheese, I could go full vegan. Well, except for the milk in my lattes. Hmm. It'll take some work. :)

    That hummus looks awesome. I think I'll make a batch tomorrow!

  4. Fun and Fearless in Beantown says

    As a food blogger, people ask me the same question. For me, it is totally portion control and exercising every day!

  5. City Share says

    Yum. I love hummus. We used to always make our own, but we have gotten lazy lately. Thanks for the reminder as to how easy it is to make.

  6. caitlin says

    I'm a vegetarian/when the mood strikes vegan…I'm so excited you'll be having more recipes that I can try!

  7. renee kristine says

    I'm Renee and a new follower of your blog! Just thought I'd say hello, rather than be one of those creepy people that lurks around on your page haha

    anyhoot, i love what you've got going here, very cute!

    Feel free to take a look at mine [you know, just so you know who's reading yours :)]

    Renee xo

  8. Mary says

    I just made this and it is soooo amazingly good! I will never have to buy hummus again! I'm definitely going to share your recipe over on my blog :) Love what you do here, thanks!

  9. Elyse says

    I like this idea so much, and I'm thrilled I can come to this blog to find recipes to go with the Simple till 6 program. Now I just need to wean myself off of my beloved morning coffee with half and half.

  10. a frog in the cottage says

    hummus is really one of my favorite, not to say my favorite dip !! Yours is just perfect !!!

  11. Stacy @ She's {kinda} Crafty says

    Just found your blog, love your style and whit. As an Israeli I can attest to how much better hummus is when you make it yourself and I think the tahini is a must! I stir in chopped up Greek olives, yum! Have you ever tried making felafel? It's another great no-meat food!

  12. Marissa says

    just made this at 11pm! simple and delish, im taking it camping this weekend.

    i roasted my garlic first. highly recommended. yums.

  13. Anonymous says

    My mother had her onw unique diet plan. Every other day, eat only fresh apples. Anytime you please, any amount you please but ONLY apples. On the non apple days you could eat anything you wanted. Anything. She said on this plan you never feel deprived because no matter what you see you may always, "Eat it tomorrow." The apples were sweet, chewy and could not be eaten quickly becuse they require chewing. All I can say is that it really worked for her!

  14. Kate Morgan Jackson says

    Hi everyone, and thanks for all the sweet words AND the great suggestions (garlic? yes!!). And I think the apple story is great. :)

  15. Kitty says

    I just had to comment to tell you THANK YOU for this recipe. I absolutely love hummus and this is the best I have ever had. I loved it.


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