Cheap and healthy recipe ideas: Rainbow Hommus

We believe everyone should have access to healthy food. We asked our very own Emma Williams, registered nutritionist and coordinator of our Schools Food Literacy program – some tips to turning fresh produce into an easy, low-waste and low cost meal.

Rainbow Hommus

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4



  • 1 can of chick peas, rinse and drain
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/2 a lemon, juiced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 cups brightly coloured vegetables, sliced




  • Wash and slice your favourite fresh vegetables (rainbow combination of – celery, red/green/yellow capsicum, radish, carrot, cucumber, sugar snaps, and cherry tomatoes). Assemble on large chopping board.
  • Place the chickpeas, water, salt, cumin, tahini paste, garlic and lemon juice in a food processor and process until combined (Can use a stick blender if you don’t have a food processor).
  • Place hummus in a bowl, drizzle with extra olive oil and serve with rainbow vegetables.




  • Each brightly coloured vegetable carries its own set of unique healthy properties and disease fighting chemicals called phytochemicals that help protect cells from damage. Kids will love creating and eating a rainbow!