Hummus is a traditional middle Eastern spread or dip made from chickpeas (garbanzo beans), tahini (sesame seed paste), olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and salt.
You can make hummus out of any other kind of bean though, such as white beans, soy beans or edamame and even lentils. You don’t have to be stuck with garbanzos if you don’t like them!
Last Spring I wrote about making hummus from white beans and it is truly delicious. Instead of using expensive, heavy to carry canned beans I prefer to soak and cook my own beans for any bean-type purpose like hummus or soups. But what do you do if you don’t have a lot of time? You can buy white bean hummus at Trader Joes, but now we have other options.
This week the kind folks at Eat Well Enjoy Life send me some hummus to try. (Please note that I received free product from this company and was not otherwise compensated.)
They sent me three varieties:
- Edamame Hummus with a roasted red pepper and sesame topping
- Tuscan White Bean Hummus with roasted red peppers, pine nut and garlic topping
- Spicy Yellow Lentil Hummus with apricots and sunflower seed topping
The kitchen immediately was filled with the scent of garlic, herbs and olive oil.
Each tub is attractively packaged and the ingredients are simple, no artificial anything and non-GMO sourced. Given the constant news about the evil Monsanto is spreading with their genetically modified everything and how we are ingesting their products and acting as their human guinea pigs with unknown health repercussions it is wonderfully refreshing to have a packaged food company specify on their labels if their ingredients are GMO or non-GMO. It was interesting to note that all of their products are cholesterol free. I like it that they use extra virgin olive oil as well.
I asked my volunteers to rate the hummus on taste, texture and whether they would purchase this themselves, and overall favorite flavor on a scale of 1 to 10, one being “hate”, 5 being “meh” and 10 being “love”
Out of ten respondents (a relatively small sample), the overwhelming favorite was the spicy yellow lentil hummus with a weighted average of 8.0, followed by white bean at 7.2 and edamame at 6.7.
Most of the respondents liked the toppings on each hummus, with the sweet apricot and sunflower spread on the yellow lentil as a clear winner. Their least favorite ranking of the edamame surprised me because I preferred the edamame because of its fresh, light flavor. The texture of the white bean hummus was off-putting to some, they cited a thick and sticky mouth feel. Given that I have made a lot of white bean hummus I scored it high in texture and thought the roasted peppers and pine nuts were a delicious touch.
Overall the respondents would buy the white bean and yellow lentil hummus on their own, and half of the group would purchase the edamame hummus.
I am looking forward to seeing this product in a store soon, for it offers ease and convenience, and the flavor and textures were spot on. The hummus is also gluten-free and Kosher. Hummus is a healthy way to add good fats and fiber to your diet, and if you don’t have the time to make it yourself then the Eat Well Enjoy Life brand is one you should seek out.
Allergy note: Happily for me I did not have any allergic reactions to the hummus, although I did not try the topping for the spicy lentil and white beans because I am avoiding stone fruit and nuts. Hopefully this means I can have legumes, lentils and sesame seeds going forward, or perhaps I did not react because I am taking horseloads of antihistamines. Again, uncertainty and fear of eating anything is rearing its head, but I am being as calm and cautious as I can. Yesterday I discovered that I had a very strong reaction to eggs and today I discovered that almonds are no bueno. This makes me very sad, however it is better to know and to feel good than to mourn foods that are toxic to my system.