I say it all the time, but few things make me happier than cooking with my kids. It’s amazing for me to witness how when I give them the chance to play in the kitchen with me or my husband, they end up being so fully engaged and excited, experiencing new things and trying foods they might have been less than excited about had I just placed the finished product of what I made in front of them. And when the final product is something as simple and versatile as hummus, it’s worth every last bite!

Now that Chloe is 2, I’ve been cooking more and more with her. I spent so much time over the last three years focused on cooking with my first child, Kenya, that I want to make sure that Chloe has the same opportunities to follow suit in the kitchen. Never shy about wanting to push buttons, stir or get in on the fun, I asked Chloe if she wanted to help me make this Sun Dried Tomato Basil Hummus. She was totally game. Chloe spooned the tomatoes into the food processor, tossed in the beans, garlic and basil and of course, pressed the ‘on’ button to watch it all swirl around and puree until it was super smooth. The best part for me? Watching Chloe help herself to a heaping spoonful of the protein-packed hummus she took so much pride in making and then gobble it up before saying, “more Mommy!”


Sun Dried Tomato Basil Hummus

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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 3 minutes



  • Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth.
  • Serve with pita chips or favorite vegetables.
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


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  8. i made this yesterday with basil frm our garden n my daughter was so excited! we loved it and will b making again!

  9. Pirate what I know is not more than what is in the news regarding this. I do know that South Sudan has feraed that Sudan would attack and invade from the moment they declared independence. A lot of the leaders made comments just prior to their official gaining of independence that they were very much in a situation with their neighbours similar to the fledgling State of Israel when our nation was formally declared. Sudan taking this step is not surprising. Militants in Sudan have been attacking the refugee camps in their north (where mostly Christians have fled out of fear of being massacred), barring aid from getting to them (thousands are dying of starvation as a result) and attacking and killing aid workers I believe the U.N. pulled their aid workers and relief a couple of weeks ago as a result of the extreme danger to those bringing in food.

  10. Stumbled upon your blog and I am so glad I did. Love the recipes, esp this one. It looks so colourful and so healthy. Great picnic food! Thanks for sharing.

  11. That’s funny you posted this. I soaked a pound of white beans and I have been experimenting with different kids of hummus. I love bean dip,it’s so healthy,easy, cheap,and great source of protein, fiber, and calcium too. I’ll try your version, it looks good.
    Oh, the other day I made a green pea and Parmesan dip I found online, it was so good.

  12. Catherine,

    How can I make a hummus delicious without tahini? I just found out we have some sesame allergies over here and we LOVE humus!

    Thanks for your advice!

  13. That looks great! I’ve tried making just a regular hummus, and I’m not a fan of anything I’ve tried before. I bet the sun dried tomatoes would make it REALLY yummy! Thanks. My 2 year old would love to help make this, I’m sure. 🙂

  14. We’ve been on a hummus making kick lately, making at least 1 batch a week. Looking forward to trying this one out!

    My son is 21 months and LOVES helping in the kitchen, same as Chloe. If he sees the me pulling the food processor or ingredients out of the cupboard, he is literally dragging the kitchen chair over to the counter. He’s such a great helper!

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  16. You can find tahini in the canned/jarred section or in the sections by the hummus and dips. You can always leave it out if you cannot find it 🙂

  17. Where do you find tahini in the grocery store – with spices? Is it only in speciality stores? I’ve had trouble finding it at my regular grocery store.

  18. Tahini lasts as long as peanut butter does in the fridge 🙂 I have never found mine to go bad and I have it stored for a while in the fridge.

  19. Sounds delicious! My kids JUST started eating hummus, so I will definitely try this one. Question – how long does the tahini last after you open the container? I hate to waste food, but it seems like we can never use it up.

  20. You can definitely use white beans (great northern or cannellini) instead of garbanzos. I use white beans for a dip pureed with a little rosemary, lemon juice, roasted garlic and evoo + a dash of hot sauce and they hold up great! They will have a different flavor than garbanzos and I would cut back on the oil because they are softer.

  21. I think it might turn out a bit mushy. Garbanzo beans are courser and “meatier” than cannelinni beans. It’s worth a shot, though!

  22. Would any white bean work do you think? I happen to have some leftover cooked cannelinni beans in my refrigerator along with all of these other ingredients right now. Thanks!

  23. TDDPirate, are you reading Drima’s blog? I am heopful that he will bring new ideas to Sudan. He may not honestly know much about conditions there yet. I think he is working on his Ph.D. or Master’s here or did he decide to go to school in Canada? I’ve not kept up with his many adventures recently.Yaeli, I would not touch sushi with a stick, but I love Israeli food! What is the name of that wonderful Arab-Israeli town that is famous for their hummus? Wonderful food, hospitality and good people!

  24. This looks delicious! It would be a great sandwich spread.

    My little one is so much more willing to try new foods when I get her involved in the kitchen.

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