Hummus is something else that I didn’t even know existed until a few years ago. A friend at work was sitting at her desk dipping a carrot into something that wasn’t ranch dressing. I must have looked interested because she asked me if I liked hummus and I said, “I have no idea,” so I tried it. I’m thinking if I’d tried a different brand or a different combination, maybe I wouldn’t have walked away craving it, but I walked back into her office a few minutes later and had a few more, then I asked her the brand and where she got it.
She was eating Chunky Olive Hummus from Trader Joe’s with carrots. I’ve tried other things with that hummus, but nothing tastes quite as good as baby carrots, or even those carrot chips that look like ruffle potato chips.
I’m not sure if everyone has Trader Joe’s in there corner of the world, but they are still pretty new here. I absolutely love that store, but sadly, there isn’t one anywhere near my house.
After trying it that day, I have grown to love it. I was really drawn to garlic hummus and crackers. It’s one of my favorite snacks. I ate that all the time until I started working near a Trader Joe’s a few years ago and found their Roasted Pepper Hummus. It is to die for! They also have sweet potato tortilla chips that go perfectly with it.
The reason I mentioned the brand of hummus is that I’ve found it matters. The only two that I have found I like are Sabra and Trader Joe’s. I’ve found others to be lacking in some way, whether it’s the texture or the taste or something. There are certain restaurants where I’ve had hummus and really enjoyed it, so I’m thinking it’s like the off-brand hummus where they are trying to make it to resemble the real thing but fall considerably short. It’s one of those things where you really need to buy the “real” deal. But, I’m not sure if Sabra and Trader Joe’s is the “real” deal. I just know I really like both of them.
The other thing I found at Trader Joe’s were some frozen falafel (for some reason, I am really trending towards Mediterranean food lately). One night, I wasn’t sure what to make for dinner and I ended up heating up the falafel and warming some wheat tortillas. Once they were both ready, I spread roasted pepper hummus on the tortilla, put the falafel on top with salsa, fresh tomatoes and spinach and rolled it all up like a burrito. It was super delicious!
What about you? Do you like hummus? Do you find that the brand matters?