Parsley Hummus with Whole Wheat Pita Chips
If you’re growing parsley in your garden, this Parsley Hummus is an amazing way to use it! If you like middle eastern flavors, you’ll love Parsley hummus, and this tasty hummus is low-glycemic, meatless, and South Beach Diet Phase Two. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
Hummus is one of those foods I’d never get tired of eating. I’m pretty sure this particular version of hummus with lots of parsley, tahini, sesame oil, cumin, and lemon juice wouldn’t be a hit with everyone, but if you like parsley and enjoy middle eastern flavors, you might love it like I did. If you have friends who like interesting flavors, make this and ask them what the seasonings are, and I doubt they’ll be able to guess.
Start by draining a can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) into a colander and rinsing well. Of course you can use freshly cooked chickpeas, but for hummus where the beans will be pureed, canned beans are perfect.
Rinse the parsley and spin dry in salad spinner, or wipe dry with paper towels. I love this mini salad spinner that I use for herbs.
Use the food processor to chop the parsley and garlic well, then add chickpeas and process about one minute. Add rest of ingredients and process until smooth, about 2 minutes more. (Not sure why I didn’t take a photo of the finished hummus in the food processor, but I think until my house is finished I’ll blame all these missed photo opportunities on distractions from having a house full of workers!)
I adapted this recipe from one in The Bon Appetit Cookbook: Fast Easy Fresh
, and they served it with cauliflower crudites in the book. I tried that, but I really liked the taste of this best with whole wheat pita chips, lightly toasted on a cookie sheet.
Parsley Hummus with Whole Wheat Pita Chips
(Makes about 1 1/2 cups hummus, recipe adapted from Parsley Hummus in The Bon Appetit Cookbook: Fast Easy Fresh
1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans) drained and rinsed
1/2 cup chopped parsley (pack parsley into half-cup measure, then chop in food processor)
1 tsp. minced garlic (about 2-3 garlic cloves)
1/4 cup sour cream (I used low-fat sour cream)
3 T tahini sauce
1 1/2 T lemon juice
2 T sesame oil
2 T olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
1 1/2 tsp. salt (or less, this seems like a generous amount of salt, so add salt to taste)
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper or hot sauce
1 T water (more or less, depending on how thick you like it)
3-4 pieces whole wheat pita bread, cut into triangles
olive oil, for spraying pita and baking sheet
Preheat oven to 450 F. Drain chickpeas (garbanzo beans) into a colander placed in the sink, then rinse until no more foam appears and let the water drain off.
Put parsley and garlic into bowl of food processor fitted with the stainless steel blade. Process about 1 minute, until parsley is well chopped. Add drained chickpeas and process 1-2 minutes, until beans are mostly smooth. Add sour cream, Tahini sauce, lemon juice, sesame oil, olive oil, cumin, salt, and cayenne or hot sauce. Process until mixture is very smooth. Test thickness and add a bit of water if you’d like it to be a little thinner.
Cut whole wheat pita into triangles. Spray baking sheet with olive oil, then arrange pita triangles in a single layer. Spray top of chips with olive oil. Toast chips 4-5 minutes, then turn and toast 1-2 minutes more. (Watch them carefully at the end because they can get too brown rather quickly.)
Serve hummus with pita chips. Can also be served with cauliflower, celery, carrot sticks, or red bell pepper strips.
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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Served with whole wheat pita chips, this parsley hummus would be good for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet or other low-glycemic diets, but it’s too high in carb for a low-carb diet plan. You could make this phase one by using celery, cauliflower, or red pepper strips to dip the hummus.
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