Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tasty, Personalized Hummus Recipe

Hummus is made from (chickpeas) garbanzo beans and oil. Your choice of flavors and nutrients to add are your choice. For example, I like herbs and lemon for a tangy taste, and Al likes some sunflower seeds thrown in at the last minute for some extra protein and a super chunk effect

According to 1 tablespoon of hummus has about 27 calories, 1.3 grams of fat, and .7g of protein. With the garden in full bloom right now, I’m enjoying everything from oregano to spinach. Here is a basic hummus recipe that comes out smooth and creamy from the Cuisinart, but can be made in a blender too.

Recipe makes 2 cups:

2 - 16 oz. cans of garbanzo beans, or equivalent (I like Westbrae Natural Organic that come in a 25 oz can., or I cook them from scratch).

1 tbsp Olive Oil (or Grapeseed is nice)
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cumin
3 tbsp of flavorings (Anything! Chopped olives, garlic, chives, basil, parsley, peppers, etc.)

Puree the beans and olive oil in the blender until smooth and creamy. Stir in lemon juice, salt, cumin, and your 3 tablespoons of other stuff. Done! This makes a delicious addition to wraps, burritos, casseroles, and dips. But wait! There’s more ... If you’re looking for a new gravy for potatoes, or salad dressing, you can alter the amount of oil or lemon to change the texture for whatever you want. I have added chopped sun dried tomatoes at the end for a delicious red dressing. Let me know how it tastes!

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