Hummus of Choice
Hummus is quickly become the “sweetheart” of the health conscious snacker. No longer just a party dish for the elite, hummus is a chickpea dip that is high in protein and low in fat and just tastes darn good. My husband and I discovered hummus several years back and got to the point where we were making large batches of the dip ourselves. Back then when we mentioned that we loved hummus most people would give us a rather vacant stare, and ask us “what exactly is hummus”. Now even our five year old grandson sings the praises of hummus. The Pacific Northwest is the primary growing region for chickpeas in the U.S., but farmers on the east coast are looking to replace their tobacco crops with chickpeas. USDA reported that the total U.S. chickpea crop last year was up fifty-one percent from the previous year. That in and of itself speaks volumes about consumer demand for the crop, and I for one would love to see tobacco crops replaced with something healthy like chickpeas. So when you’re looking for something to snack on think outside of the box, think fresh veggies and garlic hummus, or red pepper hummus, or basil pesto hummus - well you get the idea. Now, go get some hummus.