Whatever you do, do not turn on your oven this weekend! But I guess if you have air conditioning and don't mind cranking it... well then go for it. And can I come stay with you?
But for the rest of us doing this weekend without the old A.C., we need to feed ourselves, feed ourselves without any fire because 100 degrees is no joke and any added heat from anything will likey tip us over the edge. I am already so close to that edge and it's a long way down..(Just ask the mr, he could tell you a thing or two about heat and me.. not good)
Enter hummus and veggies.
You can't really go wrong with a good hummus and veggies meal situation and sometimes it's all that can be right. I for one could eat bowls and bowls of hummus, and sometime do, so this is not a stretch for me. Especially this hummus. I knew I would like it, but man, was (was because I ate it all) it freaking delicious. The sunflower seeds really did it for me, gave it a little something extra, like a freshness that is still creamy and earthy, but is not quite, I don't know, dark as tahini? It's kind of hard to explain without having you taste it (so make it and you tell me) Don't get me wrong, I love tahini, but sometimes you just got to mix it up. (Plus sunflowers seeds are dirt cheap. Tahini is not nearly as cheap so bonus there too.) Maybe its because the sunflower seeds bring the sunshine to your mouth. A sun filled mouth of pureed seeds and beans. Yup, that's what it is.
So here ya go, a no heat meal (or snack or spread). We got this.
The stuff. Cooked chickpeas (no need to cook your own, canned is a okay), sunflower seeds, a lemon, a few cloves of garlic, salt, pepper, a little water, and some herby green like parsley or cilantro.
Hummus is pretty basic, it's just stuff blended up, but because we are starting with raw sunflower seeds, we need to really bend the shit out of them until they turn into a paste, so do that, which is going to a take about 8-10 minutes. Then once its pasty, add in the garlic and the juice of the lemon and blend until its all smooth.
Could almost stop here at this point. Sunflower seed goodness all emulsified. Taste it, it is so good.
Now add in the chickpeas and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Blended until smooth with a little drizzle of water to give just the right consistency. And that's it.
Pile a bowl full enough that you can call it dinner them top with a good amount of fresh herbs. Serve with chopped up fresh veggies or whatever you like and we are good to go.
Creamy, dreamy sunflower hummus, no heat required!
Stay not melted!
Sunflower Seed Hummus
Makes about 2 3/4 cups
- 2 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (or one can) drained
- 3/4 cup raw (can use toasted)unshelled sunflower seeds
- l juicy lemon
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- 1-2 tablespoons ice water
- salt and pepper
- handful fresh herbs like parsley,cilantro and or dill (optional)
Place the sunflower seeds in food processor and turn on until seeds turn into a paste, which will take about 8-10 minutes. After every few minutes, scrap the sides down to make sure it all gets blended. Once the seeds reach paste consistency, add in the juice of the lemon and the garlic. Blend until smooth. Last off, add in the chickpeas and a pinch or salt and pepper and blend until smooth, adding in a tablespoon or two of water to get the hummus to the consistency of your liking. Once blended taste and check for seasoning (add more salt and or pepper if needed)
When the hummus is done, scrape into bowl(s), and top with lots of fresh herbs and a sprinkle more of sunflower seeds. Now eat it. Eat with veggies, with bread, with pretzels, or with a spoon (or finger). Do what you need to do.
Any left over, if there is any, can be store in the fridge for 2-3 days.