My children seem to hungry all the time. We eat breakfast and they’re already thinking about lunch and there’s no way they can make it to dinner without a hearty snack. Well let’s be honest neither can I. But I do need to be ready with a quick, healthy snack idea to stop the kids reaching for a bag of crisps.
Hummus is a perfect snack and a great way to get in a good helping of veg with all those lovely crudites. I love any kind of hummus but I think caramelised onion is my favourite. This is really easy to make. The onions are ready in 10 minutes and then it’s just a case of blitzing everything together.
Caramelised Onion Hummus
Serves 6 – 8
Keeps well, covered in the fridge.
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
- 1 small clove of garlic, crushed
- 1 can of chickpeas, drained
- 3 tablespoons of tahini
- Juice of half a lemon
- 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- Heat your oil in a small pan and gently fry your onion for 5 minutes until it’s soft. Then stir in the sugar and cook for a further 5 minutes. It should now be nicely caramalised but still soft rather than crispy.
- Pop all of the ingredients, including the onion, into a blender and blitz. Add water a tablespoon at a time until you have the right texture. I like it quite course so that it still has a little texture but blend this until smoother if you prefer.
Here are a few things I like to eat with this delight:
- Chopped raw veg like carrots, celery, peppers, baby sweetcorn, cucumber
- Cooked veg such as potato or sweet potato wedges
- Bread sticks
- Sturdy bread like ciabatta
- Slathered on cooked corn on the cob
- Spread on sandwiches or wraps
- On toast with a poached egg
- Served with a simple cous cous salad