Having kids make us rethink our food choices and what we put into their little-never-full bellies. Days after days, we hear the same complaint of our little one being hungry or worse starving. Really, are we being that mean to our kids by not feeding them enough. I think not.
Beside the three square meals we feed our kids, snacks is as important as gold. Trust me, if we want to keep our sanity, quick and easy snacks are the way to go. Walking down the grocery aisle, we all have notice the abundance of ready-made convenience snacks, and they are not only marketed for kids but, plenty for adults too.
If we want healthier choices, the options are to make our snacks ourselves. Ants on a log, crackers and cheese, fruits and dips, they are kids friendly and easy to make. Most kids enjoy dips or some sorts, and hummus is not only easy to make but relatively cheap.
Basic hummus is so versatile, serve it as a dip with vegetables and bread, or as a spread into a sandwich.
Basic Hummus ingredients :
- 1 can of chickpeas (reserve a few chickpeas for decoration and about 3 tbsp of the liquid)
- 1 1/2 tbsp tahini
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground coriander seeds
- 6 tbsp olive oil (plus extra for drizzling )
- 1/2 of a lemon, juiced
- Paprika (optional)
In a blender, Ninja or food processor add all the ingredients and blend until creamy, add the reserve liquid of the chickpeas as needed. Pour into a dipping bowl, drizzle some olive oil, sprinkle the paprika and garnish with the reserve chickpeas.
Tips: Use this basic hummus recipe and be creative with it by adding other flavors, like dill and lemon zest, roasted peppers, how about pine nuts. Let your imagination run wild.