Making hummus from scratch from where I come from is strenuously inconceivable, if not virtually next to impossible. Calling for tahini (sesame paste) as a main ingredient makes it an arduous search, and I’d be closer to finding a leprechaun next to a pot of gold than actually gathering the necessary ingredients for hummus within a 10km radius of my neighborhood.
And so I greet the tourists, Welcome to Manila! If an unyielding craving for hummus begins to materialize after over exposure to our saucy delicacies, do not try to make one. I’ll save you the time, effort and lunacy.
Healthy Options offers a wide range of hummus products from the Wild Garden brand, from plain to roasted garlic. A bit on the pricey side, should you compare it vis-à-vis the Tostitos Dip or moving on to a more mainstream concoction, sour cream, the hummus jar costs about 2x more (or less).
As for the caloric and junk content, this makes hummus supreme with only 35 calories for 2 tablespoons (that’s a lot already), 2g of fat (not the saturated type) and almost nil sugar. Composed mainly of chick peas, tahini and sea salt, the Wild Garden Hummus provides the best alternative to dips and sauces, and provides a good source of protein.
The greatest test for its flavorful upturn: my plain (awful to most) homemade spinach sandwich. Sans the cream cheese or egg, addition of hummus to my plain (or awful, let’s be honest) spinach sandwich elevated it to Greek Godliness.
Enough said. Even Zeus would like this stuff.