Food Talk And Fabulous Finds - How can I make hummus taste better?

01-31-2008, 02:11 PM
I'm considering adding that back into my eating plan. I know I have to be careful because the calories can get up there.

Do you buy it bottled or jarred? I tried some that had roasted red peppers in it. I ended up throwing it out.

What can I do to make it better? I'd like to start making some wraps for my lunches.

01-31-2008, 02:16 PM
Well first off, I gotta say, if you don't care for it, why are you considering adding it back in to your plan if it's not something you enjoy? There are plenty of healthy foods that I don't like, wish I did, but I don't. I could never force myself to eat something I didn't like. Cottage cheese comes to mind for me. Full of protein and calcium, low in calories - but I just don't like it.

The only brand of hummus I like is Sabra. They have lots of different varieties. I just stick to their classic hummus. You can make you're own if you're interested. A can of chick peas, roasted peppers or sundried tomatoes - whatever you like. Make it in a food processor or blender with some lemon juice and garlic. But again, if you're not a fan........

01-31-2008, 02:19 PM
I actually make a hummus that is really pretty low in calories/fat. it isn't traditional hummus and some people may groan at it but in wraps with sauted chiken and veggiesI love it.

The hummus type spread is at the bottom of the recipe. best part is it is FAST!! Serve this in la tortillas for even mroe bang for your buck

01-31-2008, 02:23 PM
Why not surf the net and make your own. There are alot of recipes out there. I like roasted red pepper hummus which can be made from scratch. I don't have a food processor, so I use my old fashioned blender.

Red Pepper Hummus
1 can of chick peas/garbanzo beans (15 oz)
1/3 cup tahini
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 cup -3/4 cup roasted red peppers (depending on taste)
In a food processor, combine beans, tahini, lemon juice and olive. Process until smooth. Add red peppers and garlic until desired consistency. The tahini I have found at Publix, it's a little pricey but there is enough to use it more than one recipe. This is a yummy recipe.

01-31-2008, 02:37 PM
I like the roasted garlic flavored hummus. When the mood strikes, I also like the dill flavor.

But I'm with robin in that if you don't like it, why eat it?

01-31-2008, 03:03 PM
I guess I may have been buying the wrong brands. I used to love it with falafels. However, falafels are a no-no now.

I love garbanzo beans. Wish they weren't so high in cals. I think I will try to make my own. That will probably be the best solution.

Thank you very much for the recipes.

01-31-2008, 03:06 PM
I agree that making hummus homemade is best.

I don't know if the fact that they are fried is the reason you avoid them, but have you ever had baked falafel? It's pretty good too. :)

01-31-2008, 03:08 PM
Hm, now I'm getting the sense that you like it but might eat too much of it if it is good? That is my problem anyway. I could eat a whole plate! I agree on the Sabra brand...that is the only kind I can stomach that is out there for sale in the grocery store. I make my own with a spice that I order. I've been using these spices for years because they have POWERful flavor and they work.

1 15 oz can garbanzo beans
1/3 cup sesame tahini paste
olive oil, paprika and chopped parsley for garnish

This Jerusalem Hummus Spice ROCKS... it has a strong lemon flavor which I love and you can't really get from lemon juice alone. I also put it on Brussels sprouts and asparagus and sometimes chicken if I want a lemony chicken.

I also found a recipe from a fellow weight watcher chick for mixing with red peppers and sesame oil for lower fat than tahini. This one is ok, not "real" hummus, but pretty good!

Mock Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Dip

2 - 15 ounce cans of chick peas
1 Tbsp sesame oil
˝ a small jar of roasted red peppers (in water!)
6 cloves of garlic
Salt & pepper

Run everything through the food processor until creamy. Use as a dip with celery sticks or cucumber slices. This is a much lower fat version of hummus because you’re not adding sesame tahini. The sesame oil adds the rich, nutty flavor without the additional fat.

Makes 8 servings (˝ cup each)
P 1.25 Points Per Serving

01-31-2008, 03:08 PM
I don't like store bought hummus, it is yucky.

I love fresh hummus though (or if you are ever in Denver, Jerusalem's has awesome hummus).

01-31-2008, 03:31 PM
Oooooooh YUM! I LOVE hummus and chick peas in general! It's one of the things I could probably live off of. hehe :) I'm a cilantro freak myself. I also enjoy the roasted red pepper, garlic, and plain traditional flavors as well. You may be able to find some at a health food store. I like to make my own as well.

Traditional hummus recipe I use:
1 can chick peas
1/4 cup tahini
1 - 2 Tbsp lemon juice
A little olive oil on top w/paprika

I don't have a blender, so I use my stick blender. Works just as well and there's probably less waste from trying to scrape it out of a blender. :)

01-31-2008, 03:41 PM
I :love: Tribe's 40 spices hummus. LOTS of flavor!

01-31-2008, 04:55 PM
I love Trader Joe's Spicy Hummus. I've had several flavors of Trader Joe's but that one is my favorite!

01-31-2008, 05:44 PM
Hmmm. I forgot to look at TJs.

Soul, yes, because they are fried. I think I'll have to get some falafel mix and bake them instead. Let me guess, you make your own mix?

02-05-2008, 08:14 PM
I make my own, too. Mine comes out a little differently every time, because I don't follow an exact recipe. I put yogurt in mine, otherwise pretty similar to what others have posted. I use sesame oil instead of tahini paste because I am not tempted to drink the oil, where I might be tempted to use too much of the tahini - it resembles peanut butter in my mind:lol:. Also, I find that the sesame oil has lots of other uses. It has big flavor, so a little bit goes a long way.

02-13-2008, 03:34 PM
One thing you can do to make hummus a little less calorie and fat laden is to make it with navy beans rather than garbanzos (or 1/2 navy and 1/2 garbanzo). California Pizza kitchen makes their hummus with navy beans and I've never been able to taste the difference.

Nutritionally 1 cup of each works out to the following
Navy / Garbanzo:

Calories: 258 / 728
Fat: 1 g. / 12.1 g.


02-13-2008, 03:37 PM
Oh, and forgot to say that I agree with the others who said if you don't like it, then don't force yourself to eat it.

I *like* the taste of hummus, so I eat it. But if I didn't I wouldn't try to change the taste of it to be "better" ... I'd just find something else to eat. :)


02-13-2008, 06:37 PM
Good grief, PhotoChick, I had no idea garbanzos had so many calories!!!! I am going to try your white bean substitution. I need to read labels more closely.

My lunch today included a 1/4C serving of my home made hummus with celery sticks. I really like it, but maybe not for that many caloies.

02-17-2008, 12:46 AM
Sometimes when I want to cut down on the fat I'll use the reserved liquid from the can of beans instead of the tahini or olive oil. It doesn't have the same nutty taste, no, but I can really pile it on without having too many calories. I also use a lot of lemon and garlic with mine...

02-17-2008, 01:07 AM
I make my own too. I've never been able to eat store bought. It's gross!

I cook my own garbanzos too (in the crockpot.) I cook several pounds at once and freeze them in bags of 2 cups each.

My hummus recipe is all this blended in a food processor:

2 cups garbanzos, cooked (canned would work too)
4-6 cloves of garlic
1-2 T lemon juice
1/4 cup tahini
salt and cayenne pepper to taste


BTW, I've made homemade falafel before and they are amazingly time consuming. Yummy, but not worth it unless you make A LOT and freeze the rest. Definitely a weekend project! Unless someone has an easy recipe? Anyone?

03-01-2008, 01:04 AM
I tried hummus for the first time today, TJ's roasted garlic version, and wow it is awesome! and 50 calories/ 2tbs, not bad at all.

03-01-2008, 06:17 AM
I'm confused about the comments about high calories for garbanzos/chickpeas. Using the USDA database:
100 grams garbanzos/chickpeas (canned) is 119 calories and 1.14 grams of fat (1 cup = 240 grams, 286 calories, 2.74 grams of fat)
100 grams of navy beans (canned) is 113 calories and .43 grams of fat. (1 cup = 262 grams, 296 calories, 1.13 grams of fat)
If you're measuring volume, because they are not as dense, the chickpeas are lower calorie. They are, however, a little higher in fat.

By the way, the USDA database is an awesome resource for looking up foods. I'm sure the data from this database is used in a lot of the other online nutrition tools we use. It has a lot of additional nutritional information that is not on a label and not in Fitday. For example it breaks down the kind of sugars in a food, tells you the amounts of different amino acids, how much caffeine. It also can have some miscelleaneous information. For example for apples it tells you "2 3 and 5 pound bags of apples typically contain small and extra small sizes"

If you would like to use it, the USDA database is available at