Hummus is traditionally made with chickpeas (garbanzo beans), a versatile plant-based protein (15 g protein/cup). However, adding tofu to hummus makes it a protein powerhouse. Tofu, made from soybeans and also known as bean curd, typically provides 20 g protein in one cup. Tofu is made by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the resulting curds into soft white blocks. Tofu has a low calorie count and relatively large amounts of protein, especially when compared with animal sources of protein. Tofu is also high in iron, and is often high in calcium and magnesium.
Tofu varies in firmness. In general: The firmer the tofu, the higher the protein content. Extra firm tofu contains the least amount of moisture of all fresh tofu and has the firmness of fully cooked meat and a somewhat rubbery feel, similar to that of paneer. Because the following recipe for Tofu Sriracha Hummus uses extra firm tofu, expect the moisture to settle as a puddle within the tofu's package. Translation: Take care when you open the package to prevent being splashed with liquid.
|Extra Firm Tofu (Fresh)|
Sriracha sauce adds a spicy kick to this hummus recipe. Named after a small town in Thailand, this bright red, multi-purpose hot sauce is made from red chili peppers, garlic, vinegar, salt, and sugar. The sauce is hot and tangy with just a hint of sweetness, which sets it apart from your garden-variety hot sauces. Be sure to adjust the level of Sriracha sauce in this recipe to your own personal taste.
The following Tofu Sriracha Hummus recipe is vegetarian-friendly, a bit different, and above all, easy to prepare. Involving only six ingredients and a food processor, it's quick and simple.
1 package extra firm tofu, drained and pressed (usually 12 oz. per package)
1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
3 tsp minced garlic
6 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp Sriracha sauce
1/2 cup olive oil
Directions: Add tofu and lemon juice to bowl of food processor. Puree until smooth. Add remaining ingredients until blended.
|Pureed Ingredients in Food Processor|
See? Simple. You can season the above with salt and pepper if you'd like, but I have not found this step necessary. It's far more likely that you'll want to adjust the level of Sriracha sauce (more or less), though most people are head-over-heels with the recipe as is.
The usual serving size is about 2 Tbsp (1 ounce), and you can expect approximately 10 servings with the listed ingredients. The final mixture will have a slightly coral color (below). I have served this Tofu Sriracha Hummus with whole grain pita chips as well as assorted chopped vegetable dippers (asparagus, baby carrots, celery, multi-colored peppers).
|Tofu Sriracha Hummus (Prepared)|
This hummus works well as an appetizer or dipping sauce. Hummus can also be substituted as a sandwich spread, so feel free to experiment!