Fast Healthy Food at Siskin Hospital

March 23, 2021

For National Nutrition Month, Chef Maxwell and Dietitian Caitlyn Freeman have teamed up to share a fast, healthy food option: hummus.

Traditionally a Middle-Eastern food, hummus has as its main ingredient chickpeas, also known as garbanzos. Chickpeas are high in protein as well as fiber, which is excellent for lowering cholesterol and improving gut health. The recipe can easily be adapted for low sodium diets if you’re watching your blood pressure.

Here, Chef Maxwell demonstrates how easy it is to make a quick, delicious hummus with a beautiful red tint from roasted sweet pepper and the rich, deep flavor or roasted garlic! Full recipe is below the video.

Red Pepper Hummus

1-2 roasted red peppers, skin removed
1 c. roasted garlic cloves
2 1/2 – 3 cups chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 T. tahini
1 oz. lemon juice
About 4 oz. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Process all ingredients except olive oil in a food processor or blender for about 5 minutes, or until the consistency is that of crunchy peanut butter. Add olive oil in a slow, steady stream until incorporated and smooth. Makes about 2 cups; refrigerate and use within 3 days.