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Homemade Parsley Hummus


Can we agree that it is a known fact that every time we go to the store, we tend to buy the same things each time- our staple goods? Often these are things that we know we could make but for whatever reason, over and over again, we fall into the habit of just buying it. No more mis amigos/amigas. We are gonna start doing it from scratch.

That there above was made from scratch by moi. A teff/buckwheat bread, with parsley humus and cheeseless cheese kale chips. (Wait- you haven’t tried kale chips in a sandwich yet? Really? They’re amazing! And yes, I was one of those kids that put salt and vinegar potato chips in my sandwiches)

There are certain things I refuse to buy at the store. They are, in no particular order:

My reasons for doing so, in no particular order:

  • Fresher
  • Less package waste
  • Waaaaaaaaay cheaper
  • Waaaaaaaaay better quality
  • Waaaaaaaaay more delicious

Think of that one (or multiple) thing that you always buy in a package even though it can easily be home-made. You know that I’m a big proponent of doing things the old-school way. Why let a company put icky preservatives into my salad dressing so that it can last five years unopened? I don’t want my food to age prettier than me! This means that there is something seriously wrong with it. Let’s all save ourselves the gross chemical aftertaste and get whisking, simmering, blending, or whatever it takes to make your favourite “store-bought” goods.

Reasons Why Home-Made Kicks Butt

  • Tastes better. You really will be able to taste the difference. Many companies load their products with preservatives to make them shelf stable, and colourings to make them appealing. Thank you, but I do not need Yellow #5 in my salad dressing. These additives are 100% unnecessary in our diets and often give foods a strange aftertaste. However, when we’re so used to eating these packaged goods we may not notice. Try going off all the synthetic stuff to recondition your taste-buds.
  • Costs less. You have the freedom of not relying on any company to do your cooking for you and they are no longer eating up your money. The ingredients that you need to make your own stuff cost a fraction of what the final store-bought product would cost. Take salad dressing for example – all you need is a bottle of apple cider vinegar, some raw honey, a good quality oil and you’re pretty much good to go. These bottles will last you a long time so you can get many dressing batches out of them and use them in your other cooking endeavours as well. I bet you already have some of the ingredients you would need sitting in your pantry. I mean, who doesn’t have a bottle of olive oil around?
  • Healthier. You control the ingredients. Instead of putting canola or soybean oil into a dressing, dip, or sauce you can put flaxseed, hemp or olive. That simple switch will do wonders for your health. Genetically modified (GM) canola and soybean oils are commonly used in commercial products because they are cheaper, mild-tasting, and the GM crops are abundant because they are banned in most other countries so we have nowhere to export them to. These oils are inflammation triggers. We do not need anymore of that in our lives. Soy is also a common allergen, far too abundant in our diets. When we make our own condiments, we get to add what we believe to be health promoting and delicious ingredients. It’s a done deal.
  • You Get Bragging Rights. When you serve, for example, a dip and home-made crackers at your next soiree you can take every ounce of the credit.
  • Know The Source. Now you can say that you do it all and you can involve your kids and loved ones in the preparation of these items. Maybe you’ll even take on a recipe that’s been in your family for generations but have shied away from because it seemed too complicated.

Parsley Hummus with Kale Chips

The hummus recipe you get today, the bread will come next week. Patience my love, patience.

Parsley Hummus
2 cups or 1 can Chickpeas, Rinsed and Drained
1/2 Lemon, Juiced
1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast
2 Tbs Olive Oil
1/2 bunch of parsley
1 Tbs  Miso Paste
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
1 inch fresh ginger, chopped
1 Tbs tamari
2 Tbs of water if needed or more
sea salt to taste

  • Place all ingredients into your food processor or high powered blender.
  • Blend until smooth
  • Add water as needed until desired consistency is reached.

Are you a Hummus Junkie? Ready to add this to one of the things you make from scratch? Check out these goodies!

Question Of The Day: What item do you often buy, do you think you could commit to making from scratch? (Sharing recipes is much appreciated!)

31 responses to “Homemade Parsley Hummus”

  1. Kristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble) says:

    This is so perfect for me- my new year’s “challenge” to myself (and my blog!) is to “make it home made”- nut butters, hummus, juices (I mean I have a juicer after all!), dressings and the like. I, as many others, rely far too much on store bought “staples” I could make at home!

    Thanks for this!

  2. devan says:

    “I don’t want my food to age prettier than me” is one of the greatest things I have ever heard.
    Looking forward to the challenge!

  3. Erin says:

    I am totally with you with making it (everything) yourself. I make hummous for the house at least once a week. I usually add peas (as well as the usually basics – lemon juice, olive/hemp or flax oil, tahini or sesame seeds, cumin, garlic…) I will try some of your additions the next time.

    • Meghan Telpner says:

      Plus you have a biz and a baby. I think that’s important for peeps to know. There is always time if you make it count.

      • Erin says:

        This is true – I am a full time mom and I run my own business – and I make everything from scratch! So if anyone tells me that they don’t have time to cook, I do not believe you!! You can make the time!
        By the way, this hummous recipe above happens to be a very good combination! And goes well with your rice/flax crackers dipped into it.

  4. Deborah says:

    I really had to think about this one because I don’t buy many processed foods. But you got me thinking and looking in my cupboards and I think ‘Mary’s Crackers’ has to be my answer! I buy them often and I’m sure I could make them if I really put my mind to it. So that’s going to be my new challenge. I’ll let you know if/when it works out :-)
    Can’t wait for that bread recipe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Chelsea Young says:

    haha last night i made hummus, almond milk and granola! definitely my staples! now i need to conquer the sprouted grain bread!

  6. Annette says:

    My son loves, loves, loves hummus. I make about once a week. Can’t wait to try this version.

  7. jamie says:

    I love making my own hummus! And it does taste way better.
    I love adding carmalized onions. Mmmmmm…
    One thing I always buy and have never made from scratch is crackers. I think now is the time. I think i might try your recipe with the brown rice. They look great.

  8. Gail says:

    Gluten free bread – must get on that! Can’t wait for your bread recipe next week!
    I’ll be looking for it!

  9. Paige @ The Gravy Boat says:

    It took me SO LONG to start making my own salad dressing. When I finally tried it and realized how easy (and delicious) it is, I felt a little silly!

  10. Afiya Francisco says:

    Meghan, I love your blog! I’ve committed to a 40-day detox and then came across your site. Can’t wait to check in for more tips & recipes (love hummus!!)

  11. Liz says:

    bread is my holy grail for this year!! it is challenging to make a whole grain loaf that the kids will gobble up like they do the local organic breads I buy! recipe suggestions welcome!

  12. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday says:

    Definitely down with the bread baking. Homemade bread is always SO much better than store bought. Especially when you sprout your own grains to make it ;)

  13. Kate @ahealthypassion says:

    I love homemade hummus its always so much better. I have never tried nutritional yeast in my hummus though… I cant wait to see how it turns out!

  14. Tracey says:

    I am going to be giving this recipe a try :-)

    Edamame Hummus

    2 cups of frozen shelled edamame (green soy beans)
    1/4 cup tahini
    1/2 cup water (chicken or vegetable stock work as well)
    1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons), juiced
    1 teaspoon of minced garlic
    3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
    3 tablespoons of sesame oil
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


    Boil the beans in salted water for 4 to 5 minutes. In a food processor, puree the edamame, tahini, water, lemon zest and juice, garlic, salt, cumin, and coriander until smooth. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and mix until absorbed. Transfer to a small bowl, stir in the parsley and drizzle with remaining oil. Garnish with sesame seeds if desired. Enjoy on whole grain crackers or with cut up cucumbers!

  15. Beth says:

    Canned chickpeas!!

  16. Tamara Champion (@ParentByNature) says:

    Delicious! RT @meghantelpner: Homemade hummus tastes better & costs less! What’s not to love?

  17. Thera Wise (@TheraWise) says:

    Yum! RT @meghantelpner: Homemade hummus tastes better and costs less! What’s not to love? recipe is green and glorious!

  18. Love In The Kitchen (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner) says:

    I’m a junkie – yep, I am! (a homemade hummus junkie!)

  19. Jaime (@JaimeFNP) (@JaimeFNP) says:

    I am too! a home-made junkie, hummus junkie, & home-made hummus junkie! MT @meghantelpner I’m a homemade hummus junkie!

  20. Sandy says:

    So what is the bread recipe this Parsley Hummus is served on? Is it the almond bread? Thank you!

  21. marina @ Dynamic Health says:

    wow! the colour of this humus is just so pretty!!
    and I have all the ingredients for this in my home – even the parsley is already growing in the backyard (this is one of the easiest greens to grow I found – and the rabbits do not eat it lol, not like the lettuce I tried to grow haha!). defrosting my soaked and cooked chickpeas now for this!!

  22. Takeko Heil says:

    Your recipes are refreshing and healthy.
    I’ll be delighted to learn more from you.

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