Jul 06 2011
Because it is made with chick peas, and sesame seed paste it is a better choice than most other snacks or cocktail dips. It also makes a great sandwich filling. A store bought version carries about 25 calories per tablespoon . I recommend you serve it with sliced vegetables as shown here. To make your own homemade version follow this simple recipe from the Baby Food Bible and feel free to use peanut butter instead of sesame paste, both are great – just different.
For young children: This is a good protein food serve with vegetables and/or a little rice or noodles for a complete meal. Don’t serve thin crisp crackers to very young children pieces can break off and become a choking hazard.
One 15 1/2 ounce can drained, rinsed chickpeas, or 1 ½ cup drained well cooked chickpeas
½ cup tahini- (sesame seed paste available in most super markets) or peanut butter
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon ground cumin
Juice o Olive oil not more than 1/3 cup
juice from one lemon
Pinch of salt
- Combine beans, tahini or peanut butter, and cumin, garlic and lemon in a processor. Puree adding enough olive oil to make a smooth paste. Add extra water if you want it thinner. Season with just a hint of salt if desired.
- Serve with thin sliced bread or pita, crackers or of course, sliced vegetables