Homemade hummus is a mainstay snack in my kitchen. When I made a batch this week for a video shoot, I changed up my standard recipe with more spices including Za’atar, a delicious Mediterranean spice blend and golden turmeric, for which the recipe is named: my new Creamy Golden Hummus.
Creamy Golden Hummus
For years I’ve made hummus with lots of lemon and cumin, but this time I wanted to jazz things up a bit. Into the food processor went cumin, lemon juice and garlic, tahini and olive oil, adding coriander and turmeric for its beautiful golden color. Then, I topped the golden hummus with extra olive oil, a sprinkle of chopped parsley, and za’atar.
About Turmeric & Za’atar
A member of the ginger family, turmeric is used for its brilliant golden color and mild bitter flavor. It’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory. Turmeric is what gives this hummus the beautiful color. It’s a component in Indian curry powder blends and the Moroccan curry blend called Ras el Hanout.
Za’atar is a dry spice blend of sumac berries, toasted sesame seeds, salt, cumin, dried thyme, oregano and marjoram. Throughout the Mediterranean, za’atar is commonly used as a table condiment. Sprinkle it on chicken, fish, vegetables and tomatoes, or mix with olive oil as a dressing or spread. When shopping, you will also see it spelled zahtar and zaatar, and the blends may vary a bit.
The Daniel Plan Webinar
Last week I was part of a terrific team shooting a video for an upcoming Daniel Plan webinar on Keys to Automatic Weight Loss for the audience of Pastor Rick Warren’s Daily Hope. The one-hour webinar featured The Daniel Plan Signature Chefs (of whom I am one), Nutrition coaches and founding Director diving into practical ways to:
- Rely on God’s power, not willpower to get healthy
- Curb your cravings
- Maximize your metabolism
- Increase your energy
- Boost your mood
- Shed extra weight
To supplement what you learn from the webinar, download the free e-booklet, “Nourish Your Body: Simple Strategies to Eating The Daniel Plan Way ” after you register.
This terrific resource includes an abundance of delicious “approved” foods, smart snacking ideas, money-saving tips, and time-savers to help you kick start your journey to a better, healthier life.
- Food Processor
- 1-2 garlic cloves peeled
- 2 15-ounce cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas) rinsed and drained
- 1/3 - 1/2 cup water as needed
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided use
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black or white pepper
- 2 teaspoons za'atar
- 2 teaspoons chopped parsley or cilantro
- With the food processor running, drop the garlic cloves in through the feed tube to chop fine. Stop processor and add all of the rest of the ingredients. Start with 5-6 tablespoons of water and add more depending on how creamy you want the hummus. Serve immediately or hold in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.