Your Dinner Is Going to Be Late Tonight

August 20, 2009 by

OK, so you didn't follow the golden rule of stress-free cooking: Read the entire recipe ahead of time.

You didn't realize that the three cheese lasagna recipe took three and a half hours to cook.  (The sauce is homemade!)

So dinner is going to be a little later than usual tonight.

But that's ok ... it just means you'll have more time to catch up on a few odds and ends to prepare for your end of summer party this weekend.

However the idea of not eating until 8:30 doesn't sit well with you or your dining partner's stomach.  So you want to whip up a quick appetizer to tide you over.

Well after numerous tries ... I finally have the perfect hummus recipe.  (Thank you to my party guests who have "suffered" through all of the other tries!)

What I love about hummus is it's versatile - you can eat it with so many different things, and even use it as a condiment on sandwiches.  It's healthy - garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas) are a great source of cholesterol-lower fiber.  And it's easy - just buy a jar of tahini and a few cans of chickpeas, and you can pretty much make this recipe any time the mood strikes.  It's great for unexpected guests!

So the next time your tummy starts to rumble a while before dinner will be ready, head to your pantry and pull out a can of chickpeas.  You have the perfect recipe for hummus to tide you over.

Until our next meal,






  • 1 16 oz Can of Chickpeas
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 2 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbs Tahini Paste
  • Juice of 2 Lemons
  • Salt and Black Pepper to Taste


  1. Process chickpeas in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Add the lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, tahini and lemon juice, and blend until creamy, scraping the mixture down from the sides of the bowl.
  3. Season the puree with salt and pepper to taste if desired (I like it plain!), and transfer to a serving bowl.
  4. Drizzle a tiny bit of olive oil over the top, and add perhaps a dash of cayenne pepper, and serve with pita, hearty crackers, or fresh crunchy vegetables - red, yellow and orange peppers are great with hummus!

Tip: Tahini paste is usually located near the peanut butter in most grocery stores.  If you can't find it, don't worry.  This recipe is still delicious without it. Try it with a teaspoon of cumin for added flavor.