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Today I made myself tahini free hummus. Hummus it is one of my favorite dips. But alas, we cannot have traditional hummus in our home due to my son’s food allergy. You see tahini is made with roasted sesame seeds. My son is allergic to sesame seeds. Instead we make tahini free hummus and this time we used some ingredients from our garden to add to it’s flavor.
Tahini free hummus can be used as a dip for pita chips, vegetables and pretzels. It works great as a spread on toasted flat bread and as a topping for grilled chicken. This hummus starts off with garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and olive oil as a great base. Then I popped out of my kitchen and took a look around my garden. I had enough basil and parsley to add a garden flavor to the dip.
The right tools
I have this nice large food processor by Cuisinart, that I didn’t think I needed. Luckily my mom’s good college friends decided that I did need it. Thanks ladies, I love it! This food processor is a work horse and never disappoints. I didn’t know I would love working in the kitchen this much and having the right tools makes all the difference.
The tahini free hummus was tasting good but missing a little tang. Luckily our garden has been producing Roma tomatoes and recently I made some flavorful tomato paste (click the link to find out how). This addition made the hummus perfect. If you don’t make your own tomato paste I suggest substituting sun dried tomatoes and roasted garlic, not canned tomato paste (yuck).
I am having so much fun creating recipes from my garden this summer. Let me know what you like to create from your garden! Join us on Tasty Tuesdays for a new recipe I make for my family that is always free of our food allergies, but high in flavor!