Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus

Hummus might possible be my favorite snack. It’s sad, because my father is deathly allergic to chickpeas, but seriously it’s just SOO good. It’s healthy, comes in lots of flavors, and can go well on chips, pita, veggies, sandwiches, etc. I generally buy Trader Joe’s spicy or cilantro hummus. Both are really flavorful! But real talk, it’s incredibly easy to make hummus on your own and you can avoid the preservatives, bad oils, and excess salt. Why not?!?

Ingredients:

  • 15 ounce can of garbanzo beans
  • 1/2 C tahini (sesame seed sauce)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 T paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt (might need to increase, but tahini generally is salty)
  • 3-4 T water (room temp)
  • approx 1 T olive oil
  • juice of half a lemon
  • pita chips or carrots for serving

Recipe:

1. Drain and rinse canned garbanzo beans.

2. Combine garbanzo beans, garlic, and lemon juice in a food processor (or magic bullet) and pulse until generally smooth.

3. Add in water, salt, and paprika and continue to mix thoroughly.

4. Transfer to a bowl and top with olive oil and a little additionally paprika.

5. Serve with pita chips or carrots.

6. You can also prepare a fatoush salad (so yummy!) to go with the hummus and pita. Just chop up tomato, bell pepper, onion, cucumber, cilantro and combine with crumbled pita chips, feta and a yogurt vinaigrette (I used lemon) of your choice. YUM!

Loosely adapted from David Lebovitz: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2008/06/cabbagetown-hum/

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