400g tin of drained and washed chickpeas
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Half of a freshly squeezed lemon
One clove of garlic very finely diced
1 tablespoon of tahini
Garnish with a sprinkle of paprika and Shallots
Place all ingredients besides the garnish into a blender or food processor, and blend until combined. If it is too thick add a tablespoon or two of water. Garnish with paprika and shallots, store in the fridge for up to 5 days. Hommus is great to have as a snack with multigrain crackers or chopped up vegetables.
Chickpeas are a fantastic source of protein, fibre, iron, potassium, vitamin B1 and B2, and low-fat and sodium. It also helps to lower cholesterol.
Lemons are a great source of vitamin C.
Tahini is a great source of protein calcium, omega 3, magnesium, iron, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin B3.
Another variation is to include mushrooms which you can blend or have as a garnish. Button mushrooms are rich in potassium, iron, B1 and B2. Mushrooms also have beneficial qualities in reducing bought blood fat levels and antibiotic properties.