I’m in the home stretch of my dairy-free month and am actually quite enjoying it! I’ll save my thoughts on it all for the end of the month but for now, another great recipe…

I don’t know about you, but the “witching hour” does not apply to kids only. At around four or five o’clock I can feel my blood sugar plummeting and and apt to grab anything that even remotely qualifies as food.

As I’ve mentioned, my hunger levels seem to be lower but definitely more persistent this month, and I’ve been making a conscious effort to have as much dense, protein-rich foods on-hand to stave off those pangs. With Chelsea home, homemade hummus was a natural choice. She loves it and it falls within her vegan diet.

I was all set to pull out an old recipe I had and then – lo and behold – Smitten Kitchen to the rescue! As always, I’m so impressed with her ability to take a recipe, edit the flaws and tweak it to make it even better than the original. What she did with hummus was to peel the chickpeas prior to using.

I know. I had the same reaction: Really, Deb?

But her reasoning made perfect sense. Removing the skins eliminates that “grainy” texture, resulting  in a smooth, fluffy hummus that is truly, substantially better than any I’ve ever had. The task itself is easy and takes less than 10 minutes – and as the whole thing is whipped up in the food processor in no time, I encourage you to give this technique a try.

I was lucky – Noah actually wanted to help with this and couldn’t have been happier sitting there, “popping” the chick peas out of their skins.

I’ll send him over if you like….

Oh – and as for the pita chips? If you’ve never made your own you don’t know what you’re missing. There’s simply no comparison to the store bought kind and I promise you will never buy them again once you try these.

hummus, pita chips

Homemade Hummus
from Smitten Kitchen

15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained*
1/2 c. tahini paste
2 T. (or more) lemon juice, to taste
2 small cloves garlic, chopped
3/4 T. (or more) salt, to taste
Approximately 1/4 c. water

Olive oil
Pita chips (recipe below)

Peel each chickpea by squeezing the pointed end between your thumb and forefinger and popping it out of its skin. Discard the skins.

In a food processor, blend the chickpeas for one minute, scraping down the sides. Add the tahini, lemon juice, garlic and salt – blend till pureed. With the machine running, drizzle in water, one tablespoon at a time, till the mixture  is light, smooth and creamy.

Taste and add more salt and/or lemon juice if needed. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with paprika.

Pita chips
Pita breads, split into rounds (I used whole wheat; you can use whatever variety you like)
olive oil
salt and pepper

Pre-heat oven to 400.

Cut rounds into triangles, brush with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake till brown.

(print this recipe)

This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver

* you can use dried chick peas if you prefer. Refer to my post on how to soak dried peas for instructions (you’ll need 2/3 c. for this recipe), and reserve 1/4 c. of cooking water to use as directed above.


  1. Kelly Lobel on January 27, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Loved reading this, Sheri and can’t wait to hear about your dairy-free month!

    • sherisilver on January 27, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks Kelly! 🙂

  2. Susan H on January 27, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Sheri, this is so strange that you have this post. The other night my husband and son made hummus. They just looked up a random recipe online. They weren’t too impressed. All I know is Every time they ate it my kitchen could ward off an army of vampires with the smell of garlic they left behind.

    I will have them try this recipe. 🙂 I have a question though. Where would I find Tahini paste?

    • sherisilver on January 27, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      Ha! So the garlic gets stronger as the hummus sits – that’s why it only calls for 2 small cloves. As for Tahini – it’s in a different spot in every store. Try near the nut butters to start – good luck! 🙂

  3. Deborah on January 28, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Love your blog Sheri. It was nice to meet you in person at Alt. Looking forward to trying these delicious healthy recipes!

    • sherisilver on January 29, 2013 at 7:58 am

      So great to meet you too Deborah – thank you! xo

  4. Elizabeth on January 28, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Your hummus looks so beautiful! And I love pita chips, but have never tried making them–totally thinking superbowl snacks. (And I’m so glad we got to see so much of one another at Alt! Really looking forward to next month too!)

    • sherisilver on January 29, 2013 at 7:59 am

      Thanks my friend – spending time with you was definitely one of the highlights of the trip for me – see you soon! xoxo

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