I know I'm the last person to advise anyone on good diet, I'm blessed with good genes, but whenever you can enjoy food, I say enjoy it. Cheese is sinful, that's true, for most it goes straight to the thighs but sometimes it is nice to be naughty, once in awhile. You can at least console yourself with the fact that it's not all cheese :D
Tip 1: if you want to make your own hummus, by all means,,, if you want to spare yourself the trouble, then use store bought, the ones ready with your grocer... they taste the same!
Tip 2: If you have kids, then skip the chili powder and jalapeño bits, it still tastes just as great!
Tip 3: If you can't find whole grain bread, find any brown bread that you think will tastes good and healthy
Tip 4: You don't have to follow this recipe to the tee! If you want to spread the feta cheese or crumble them on top of your hummus, be my guest!
1 (14-15 ounce can) garbanzo beans
1 garlic clove, peeled
3 tbsps fresh lemon juice (more if you want)
3 tbsps tahini (sesame seed paste)
2 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsps minced seeded jalapeño chile
4 big slices of whole grain bread
1 Persian cucumber (or whatever cucumber you fancy)
8 fresh mint leaves (skip this if your kid doesn't like it)
4 fresh cilantro sprigs (skip again for kiddos)
4 ounces feta cheese, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices, or however you want this
Procedure for Hummus:
In your food processor, use the on/off button to finely chop the garbanzo beans and garlic. Add 3 tbsps lemon juice and the rest of the ingredients. Process until it's coarsely pureed or smoothly pureed, however you prefer it.
Season to taste with Sussie* and Percy* and more lemon juice if you feel like.
You can make this 1 week in advance, transfer to an airtight container and chill.
*Sussie is salt and Percy is pepper for Ainsley :)
Procedure for Sandwich:
Spread hummus over each bread slices and top the 2 slices with cucumber, mint and cilantro (divide equally). Arrange feta slices over cilantro and place the other slices on top.
Press gently and cut them in half.
*If you love the combination of feta and hummus like I absolutely do, you should try it with cucumber, carrot or other veggie crudite and make this your dip... yummy yum yum!