There’s Something About Hummus

kid-friendly guide to Lebanese food

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Wherever we seem to travel to, no matter which country we are in – if there’s a Middle Eastern restaurant nearby our kids are asking for some hummus.  Made with chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and tahini, this low fat, high-fiber, protein appetizer is always a winner with children.  Blended together to make smooth dip, hummus is seasoned with lemon juice and topped with olive oil for that finishing touch.

Today, it is popular throughout the Middle East (including Turkey), North Africa (including Morocco), and in Middle Eastern cuisine around the globe. The earliest known recipes for a dish similar to hummus bi tahina are recorded in cookbooks published in Cairo in the 13th century, so it’s been around for a long, long time.

It’s always the first item we order at any Lebanese restaurant and my kids don’t like is just plain, ask for it with meat (hummus bil lahme, lamb) or with spiced beef.  Most traditional Lebanese restaurants have this on the menu, so ask for it the next time you’re out eating Middle Eastern food.

It’s finger licking good! 🙂

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