Hey! I can make that!

I was at Trader Joe’s the other day and saw a container of edamame humus for sale.  I looked at it, and looked at the ingredients: soy beans, lemon juice, oil, salt, garlic… My immediate reaction was that it looked delicious.  My second reaction was to think about how I could make it on my own.

About four years ago, I made my own hummus for the first time.  I realized how easy it was, how much cheaper it is than buying tubs of over-priced (preservative-laden) hummus from the store, and how you could customize it to exactly the flavor you wanted.  I’ve made roasted red pepper hummus, sun-dried tomato hummus, plain garlic/lemon hummus, and hummus with various curry and chile spices added.

So, I set out to make my own edamame hummus.


  • 1.5 cups of shelled, defrosted edamame (I steamed it for about 5 minutes)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 or 4 Tbs. tahini
  • 5 Tbs. water
  • 3 cloves garlic (I cheat and use the pre-chopped stuff in the jar)
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Throw everything into the a food processor, blender, or Magic Bullet.  (I use the Magic Bullet, and it is completely magic and I am completely obsessed with it, as is my roommate.  It is perfect for making hummus.)  Blend until the desired consistency.  Add more water if needed to make the ingredients blend better.  Eat.  (For better taste, let sit in the refrigerator for a while, to let the flavors meld.)

While I was letting my hummus cool down in the fridge,  (I live in the desert.  I wish I could cool down in the fridge, sometimes, too,) I decided to make some falafel!  I used the recipe from Appetite for Reduction.  I had a little trouble getting the garbanzos to blend in the Magic Bullet without added liquid (this is when a real food processor would have helped), but they eventually became mooshed enough.  The recipe called for “2 tsp. hot sauce.”  I wasn’t sure exactly what that meant, (what kind of hot sauce?)  I ended up using Sriracha.  I was afraid it would be too spicy, but it wasn’t bad.  It was fairly spicy, but I love my food to be VERY spicy, so I enjoyed the extra kick.

Falafel, Edamame Hummus, and Whole Wheat Pita Bread

Falafel, Edamame Hummus, and Whole Wheat Pita Bread

After the falafel was done baking, I assembled my dinner.

Layer 1: Homemade (pocketless) whole wheat pita bread.
Layer 2: Homemade edamame hummus.
Layer 3: Homemade falafel.

So, yes.  I can, in fact, make that!