You know those days when there is nothing in the cupboard and you just want something really easy, really quick that you know your kids will eat? And you'd quite like it to be healthy too! Hummus, is the ideal healthy lunch idea that kids will love. It only takes a few minutes to make and my kids gobble it up.
Hummus and Veggie Sticks
Hummus has the added bonus of going really well with vegetable sticks. The kids love to grab their favourites from a large range then plunge them into a big bowl of healthy hummus. Win win!
What is Hummus?
Hummus is a fantastic lebanese or middle eastern dip made from chick peas. Chick peas are legumes and are high in protein and low in fat. They are a really healthy alternative to meat.
Do Kids like Hummus?
My kids love it. When Galen (my oldest) was a baby, he used to clap his hands and do a happy dance when he saw it. At that time, I used to make the proper garlicky version but it was a bit weird having a baby with garlic breath so I often make it without.
Hummus is So Quick to Make
What I love most about hummus is that it's so quick and easy to make. I've timed myself. 5 minutes to make it and peel and chop some vegetables. It's one of those fail safe lunches that I know the kids will eat without fuss.
Lunch time is often one of those 'pressure points' for us. The kids come back from school (we get a 2 1/2 hour break in Spain). They're hot, hungry, really hungry, thirsty and tired. Did I mention hot? In short, GRUMPY. And so are the adults. It doesn't take much to trigger a melt down. And sometimes there's so much fuss before lunch. But I can prepare hummus just before I collect them, put it and the vegetables in the fridge and then whip it out when everyone gets home. Then they can tuck into the hummus whilst I do the rest of lunch, cut bread, get drinks, that sort of thing.
Hummus is one of our favourite and 'fuss free' lunches.
How do you make Hummus?
The traditional method is to combine a tin of chick peas (or you can cook your own) with the juice of a lemon, a table spoon on tahini (sesame seed paste), a generous glug of olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Whizz it all up and add water to make it the consistency you want. It's so easy and so cheap compared to buying the ready made stuff.
I make a kids version with just the chickpeas, olive oil, water and lemon juice. (Tahini is difficult to find round here and it works fine without it. I generally don't use lots of salt in my cooking.)
Ingredients of Kid Friendly Hummus
- A tin or jar of chick peas (or some home cooked ones)
- A good glug of tasty olive oil
- Juice of one lemon
- Water, added to make the consistency you prefer
- Salt if you like (I never bother and if you're making it for under 1's, don't add salt)
How to Make Hummus
- Put all the ingredients into a food processor and whizz.
You could also add some cumin or paprika if you fancy.
Try chickpea and grated carrot sandwiches. Yum! And so healthy.
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