Houmous and guacamole recipes

In my efforts to eat more plant based foods I have started making my own houmous. (Have you noticed how many ways you can spell this chickpea based food?). There are lots of different recipes and I know I should soak dried chickpeas overnight in order to make a more authentic version, but I am rarely that organised. This recipe is a bit of a cheat's version. It does cook the tinned chickpeas first, which is a bit different from most recipes.

Houmous
Houmous
Guacamole
Guacamole

This guacamole recipe (based on Delia Smith's version) gives a flavour and texture that is so much better than shop bought guacamole, which I find inedible.

Both of these make a great lunch when served with oatcakes and lots of salad veg, helping towards your five a day (or should that be seven?)

Ingredients
Ingredients

Houmous recipe

Ingredients

  1. 400g tin of chickpeas.
  2. One level teaspoon of lazy chopped garlic, or one clove of garlic, finely chopped.
  3. One and a half tablespoons of tahini (you can use light or dark).
  4. One and a half tablespoons of lemon juice (fresh or bottled).
  5. 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
  6. One quarter teaspoon of salt.
  7. Paprika and oil for the top (optional)

Method

  1. Pour the chickpeas into a microwave proof bowl and microwave on high for 5 minutes.
  2. Alternately empty chickpeas into a saucepan, bring to the boil and cook gently for 5 minutes.
Microwave the chickpeas
Microwave the chickpeas
Drain the cooked chickpeas
Drain the cooked chickpeas

3. Drain the chickpeas reserving the cooking liquid.

 

4. Add the chickpeas to a food processor or blender with 4 tablespoons of the cooking liquid.

5. Add the garlic, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil and salt.

6. Blitz all of the ingredients together.

7. Spoon out into a bowl and sprinkle with some paprika and drizzle a little oil over the top.

8. Refrigerate and enjoy for lunch or as a dip.

Blend all the ingredients together
Blend all the ingredients together
Ingredients
Ingredients

Guacamole recipe

Ingredients

  1. One avocado.
  2. 1 large tomato or 3 or 4 cherry tomatoes.
  3. Half a small red onion or quarter of a large onion.
  4. Half a teaspoon of lazy garlic (or one fresh clove, chopped).
  5. Half a teaspoon of lazy chilli (or fresh equivalent).
  6. 2 teaspoons of lemon juice (bottled or fresh).
  7. Salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Method

  1. Mash the avocado.
  2. Chop the onion and tomato into small pieces.
  3. Mix the avocado, onion, tomato, garlic and chilli together.
  4. Add the lemon juice, salt and pepper and mix again.

 

Ingredients ready to mix
Ingredients ready to mix
Guacamole
Guacamole

5. Refrigerate the guacamole.

6. Enjoy as a dip, on oatcakes or as part of a Mexican meal.