HUMMUS EXTRAVAGANZA: Tahini-free hummus recipe for your tum

I LOVE hummus. I LOVE hummus. I LOVE hummus. A lot. I wouldn’t kiss and marry or it (if l had to marry a food it would be burritos, but hummus would be pretty close). We are trying to reduce plastic in our house (especially single use plastics) and the hummus from the store is often in single use plastic. Plus making your own saves money. And it is delicious and you can eat it lots of different ways.

So talking about money…this reminds me of the Powerball Lottery. Did you play it?! It was over $900 Million!!! I think it was the biggest U.S. Lottery in history. We decided to buy lottery tickets even though we don’t usually do that. We bought one for my mom, dad, brother, me and my dog Bagel. It cost $10. If I had won, I would have immediately gone to the store to buy an ipad, xbox and a LeBron James card pack that I have been wanting. I was also going to donate some of the money to a homeless organization and an animal rescue group. But I didn’t win. I didn’t even get one single number. Actually not one person in our family got a single number except for Bagel.

I felt bad about the $10 but if we had bought all this hummus we made at the store it would have cost about $12. Instead, it cost about $1 of ingredients. So, that means we saved $1 and got back those lottery ticket dollars we spent! So check out my recipe and save some money and get the experience of making your own yummy hummus, packed with protein. But first see what I had to say about this hummus…and a little bonus baseball story. And then keep reading for a bonus recipe too.



4 C. cooked chickpeas

2 cloves garlic

2 T. lemon juice

3 T. olive oil

1/4 C. water

1 t. cumin

Dusting of paprika


Add all ingredients except the paprika to a blender or food processor and blend until it is nice and creamy. 

If you need to add more water do so but just a little bit at a time. Spoon into a bowl and dust with paprika. Beautiful. 

BONUS RECIPE: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

If you like roasted red pepper hummus like my brother does, it is super easy to make that too.  Just leave half the hummus in the blender, add 2 roasted red peppers and another cup of chickpeas and a clove of garlic and blend.  Voila! Roasted red pepper hummus. 

So, there are all pluses here:

Save money + Good experience + Help the environment + Help your body = Be Happy.

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  • michelle guerrie
    January 12, 2016 2:43 pm

    Yay! Hummus! Thanks for the recipe, too. I always knew Bagel was lucky! He found his forever family! If I were to marry a food it would be a potato and tacos would be runner-up. ha! P.S. I am going home to scrub my Vitamix. I want a shiny one like yours.

    • maxeatslife
      January 16, 2016 2:54 pm

      What would come in last place?

      • michelle guerrie
        January 16, 2016 3:02 pm

        Raw oysters. Just. Can’t. Swallow. Them.
        In the Vedge Kingdom, let’s see, it would be: So far, there isn’t a bottom of the list for produce! I hear about durian, but I haven’t tried it, so I can’t put it on the list. I accidentally got a pickled okra that wasn’t picklet enough one time that just wouldn’t go down, so I will not try them again, unless they were pickled beyond belief!

        How about you?

        • maxeatslife
          January 16, 2016 3:05 pm


  • michelle guerrie
    January 16, 2016 1:10 pm
    • maxeatslife
      January 16, 2016 2:56 pm

      That is a cool website and I love the pictures.

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