I started making hummus without tahini a few years ago when I went to make some of this Middle Eastern dip and realized there was no tahini to be had. My son hadn't been much of a fan of hummus up to that point, but he devoured the one I made that day. Realizing that the ground sesame seed paste is a bit of an acquire taste, I have kept it out of hummus recipes since that day and it seems to be enjoyed so much more than the store bought versions.
Made from pureed chickpeas, hummus is an excellent dip for kids. It's nice smooth texture and thick consistency make it easy for kids to eat, with very little mess. Loaded with protein, folate and iron it is also a healthy lunch and snack option.
My son helps me make this with very little trouble. I just add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and let him use an immersion blender to combine everything. We scoop it out into a bowl, top it with some olive oil and dill and serve it with carrots, crackers or pitas. I encourage you to let you kids give this a try...I think they'll be very pleased with the results.
Hummus without Tahini, my recipe
1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
4 tbsp each of olive oil and lemon juice
2 tbsp each of water and mayonnaise
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp each of dill-weed and salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp chopped garlic or two cloves chopped
~ Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and combine well with an immersion blender. Alternatively, place all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until well combined.
~ To serve place in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and top with more dill