Sunday, November 10, 2013

Healthy Hummus

Hummus is delicious, healthy, and can be enjoyed in many different ways. Served as a dip with pita and vegetables or spread on a sandwich, this complete protein is a great staple for vegetarians, vegans, and meat eaters alike.
The main ingredients in hummus are chickpeas and tahini, which are rich in fiber, protein, folic acid, calcium, zinc, iron, and magnesium. Additional ingredients such as olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice are also great sources of healthy monounsaturated fats and antioxidants.
Below is a simple Hummus Recipe I make to share with friends and family. I sometimes add fresh herbs or dried tomatoes to add additional flavor. Play around and see what tastes good to you!
Healthy Hummus Recipe
1/3 Cup Tahini (Sesame Seed Paste)
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 tbs Lemon Juice (about 1/2 lemon)
2 tbs Olive Oil
1 15oz Can of Chickpeas
1/4 tsp Ground Cumin
In a food processor add tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. Blend for 1 minute until smooth. Rinse chickpeas well under water and drain. Add 1/2 of chickpeas to the food processor and blend until smooth. Add second half of chickpeas to the food processor along with the cumin and blend until smooth. If the mixture is too thick add some water until you reach a desired consistency. Serve with pita chips and vegetables. I also sprinkled some paprika over the hummus to add some color and extra flavor. Enjoy! 

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