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Classic Hummus

classic garlic hummus, extra garlic

We’re following the pantry recipe bandwagon and throwing together the easiest hummus you’ll ever make. I mean we’re talking maybe five ingredients. It’s very forgiving and can easily be adjusted depending on what you have.

All you need:

Chickpeas, some might call them garbanzo beans. Same thing.

Tahini (if you don’t have tahini you can leave it out and you’ll just have an equally tasty yet thicker bean dip)


Olive oil

Salt and pepper

The end.

That’s all you need to make a very yummy, classic hummus. Anything else you add is simply for kicks and giggles.

The version I’m sharing today includes a bit of cumin for little kick, and a lot of extra garlic. We’re quarantined people. Give. Me. Garlic. Breath.

It’s kind of funny because hummus is something I haven’t indulged in much in recent years. *Gasp*

Don’t get me wrong, there was a time when college and post grad Emily could put away a tub of hummus in one sitting. Until a vegetarian lifestyle and a lot of unneeded work stress resulted in many elimination diets in an attempt to figure out why my insides wanted me dead.

So after a hard thirty day paleo cleanse filled with a lot of bone broth cured most, if not all, of my issues, I gave up grains, beans, and legumes for good.

Until now. When I’m looking to add more good quality carbs to my diet. And I’m faced with an overflowing pantry.

Enter: Hummus.

Welcome back, old friend.

On average, I eat probably 90% paleo. Like I mentioned, I’ve been manipulating my diet for years and it’s what my body feels best on.

But damn it we all need cheese, okay?!

And the occasional hummus!

When I was bartending a few years ago (I’ve lived many lives people), we put a hummus platter on the menu and let me tell you, the ladies flipped their lid. It was hysterical. You want to see a group of women go crazy? Put a hummus platter in front of them.

But hey it worked and sold big. Oh another vodka water? Mmmmmk cool. Drink it down. Pretend it doesn’t taste like battery acid.

Today is a better day, friends. Minus the nagging migraine. Apparently we’re welcoming back both hummus and migraines over here.

Some days are really hard. Like Monday. Monday was a bad day. Filled with a big ol’ crappy mood that wouldn’t let up.  Monday we cried. For no reason. But then you wake up and you’re okay. You sit for a second. Remember what you have in your life to be grateful for. And know that right now in this exact moment, you are okay.

Anyone with me there?

It’s like, at any given moment I’ll feel…

guilty for enjoying my hermit life at home,

anxious that I’m not doing enough or working hard enough on something,

overwhelmingly alone,

terrified that someone I love will get sick. (Mom and dad stay home).

scared that these feelings that come with this unemployed, pandemic lifestyle will come back again in my lifetime,

excited for the food I’m cooking and the posts I’m blurting out

angry that whatever workout I did or didn’t attempt wasn’t up to “par,”

irritated that others don’t seem to have the grasp on reality I expect them to

defeated when someone, anyone asks me the question “how are you?” and I have to figure out how to respond.

It’s maddening. And at the end of the day, I know I’m not alone. We’re all in this together. Dealing in our own way. And however long it takes to get through this, I know we’ll be better for it. I’ve fought my way through some low lows before and I can do it again. But wow the weight of this situation is so much different, ya know?

It’s not easy to type that out, by the way. Those feelings. The chaos bouncing around in my head. (And maybe your head, too?) Throwing it all out there like that. Gross, emotions. Because I know what I would tell a friend if he or she expressed those things to me.

You’re loved, you’re not alone, and you’re going to be okay.

You’re loved, you’re not alone, and you’re going to be okay.

This is the opportunity you need and the push the universe is giving you to cultivate a stronger version of you.

Quickly followed by, alright Em put on your big girl pants and keep going.


You know what helps? Hummus.

Hummus is your best friend in creamy, dreamy, dip form.

It’s great on its own as a snack or appetizer. Lovely to dollop into a salad or use as the spread for a wrap. Or my favorite, as the base for a big ol’ greek bowl with ground beef, some fresh veggies, and feta. Bowls are all the rage, why not use hummus as the base??

Phone a friend and tell them you love them today. Check in and see what new show they’ve been binge watching. And make this hummus because my goodness, it’s so insanely easy.

Classic Hummus

A delicious garlic-y spread that can be used as a snack, in a wrap, or base for a bowl
Prep Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack, spread
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 8


  • Food processor or blender


  • 1 can chickpeas drained *save the water!*
  • 2 cloves garlic or 3 or 4, I always like more
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2-3 tbsp water or water from the chickpea can to thin out


  • Drain chickpeas, reserving the water from the can. It's a great way to thin out the hummus to your desired consistency
  • Add in garlic, tahini, salt, lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, and whiz away!
  • Add in water or reserved water to thin out!
  • Taste and adjust seasonings as needed!
  • Top with a good swirl of olive oil, and sprinkle with any herbs and a little parika for color! (totally optional, but it's pretty)


This hummus is great as a snack or appetizer with veggies, pita chips, or pretzels. Can also be used in a wrap or on a sandwich. 
My favorite way is as the base for a greek bowl! I spoon in a generous amount of hummus, add a good amount of ground spiced beef, and top with cucumbers, tomatoes, fresh dill or any herbs, drizzle more olive oil, and sprinkle over feta. Holy YUM Batman. 



  • Totally going to make this hUmmus when im going to the store again. Dont worry – i am staying home. So sorry you have a migraine! I knOw how Sick they can make you feel. Give me a buzz whenever. Im home.

    April 1, 2020

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