Homemade Hummus and Pita Bread

by Lauren Matthies


One reason I don't post food posts as much is because I don't have the time (or even necessarily the desire) to take gorgeous, well staged pictures of my process.  With Henry I'm lucky to be able to make the food, add photographing it to the mix and I'd never finish anything.  Today it dawned on me that that's not what my blog is about.  There are so many blogs out there with incredible recipes, beautiful styling, and stunning pictures.  This blog isn't one of those and I shouldn't try to be one of those bloggers.  They are truly skilled and I admire their work, however I have a different goal.  My goal is to be authentic with you.  My goal is to offer a glimpse into my life and how I operate no matter how messy that may be.

So here is my first quick recipe post.  I don't have pictures of my process and my final product pictures were just taken to show my family because I was proud of what I made.  I am choosing to share recipes and/or tips from here on out with you to inspire you.  I am not a chef by any means, and yet sometimes I surprise myself.  If I can do it, so can you.

I love pita and I love hummus!  I have thought about making hummus at home before but have never done it.  As silly as it sounds, a big part of the reason I never tried it because I didn't know what tahini was and had no idea where to look for it in the grocery store.  Well, I decided to look it up and it's basically ground up sesame seeds.  So, I made it at home after ordering some sesame seeds on Amazon.

The pita was surprisingly easy as well.  Hopefully I'll get better at making it over time, but for my first go at it, it went really well and tasted delicious.

The hummus I've ended up making a few times and have mixed it up by adding different ingredients in it (e.g., edamame, black beans, beets).

For the pita I followed this recipe.

For the hummus I just kind of throw everything into my food processor and add a little bit more of this and a little bit more of that until I get the taste and consistency right.  Here are the ingredients and my best guess as to how much I end up using:

  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs water
  • 1 Tbs tahini (blended sesame seeds--I find it easiest to put some sesame seeds and olive oil in the food processor, blend it, and then add the rest of the ingredients to make the hummus)
  • 1-2 Tbs garlic (I love the garlic and lemon flavor in my hummus)
  • 1/2 Tsp cumin
  • 1/2 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • Dash of salt

Again, these are just approximations.  Feel free to add or remove things to your liking.  Enjoy!  And thanks for caring!