Hummus: Real Fare for Food Allergies (sesame, garlic, and citrus free)
The simple, rustic, deliciousness that is hummus.
This version takes the dish right down to basics to celebrate the earthiness of the beans, fruity notes of good quality olive oil (sources*), and a savory finish that makes it satisfying no matter what time of day you choose to eat it.
You’ll notice that this recipe uses canned beans. Gasp! Crash! The horror! I chose to include this version for those days where you need good food fast that requires little effort.
Buying dried organic beans and properly preparing them is definitely the preferred method for optimal digestibility, but I promise you that canned beans are less damaging to your body and psyche than running through the local drive-thru.
For those of you with a more sophisticated palate like my 4 year old, I have also included a Kalamata olive version. It’s a new favorite at my house.
For the adults, we drizzle a spicy pepper infused oil over the top. Perfection.
- 1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, organic and BPA-free
- 1/4 cup good quality organic olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 1/2 teaspoon unrefined salt
- Kalamata olive version: 30 kalamata olives
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
- Blend on low until desired consistency is reached.
- Spoon into bowl and drizzle with additional olive oil to serve.
Serve with crisp veggies (some suggestions: steamed or raw carrots, tri-colored peppers, broccoli and cauliflower, endive) or spread on grilled meats for a quick and satisfying grain-free meal.
Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.
When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.