Saturday, January 23, 2010

Fresh Healthy Hummus

I love Hummus. It’s a great alternative to thick, dairy based dips and the high salt content packages that we mix into it… Hummus is very versatile. You can mix in roasted red peppers into it, or roasted garlic, or a host of other flavors you love…

Heres a heart healthy version without Tahini, (sesame seed paste)(it’s not on my eating plan)… I love it with celery sticks and red pepper slices… my kids love it with my homemade flaxseed bread sticks or grissini..

Gather your ingredients and have a great time!

2 cans garbanzo beans or two cups dry, cooked garbanzo beans
1-2 cloves garlic
juice of 1-2 lemons
1/2 cup olive oil (to drizzle in to combine and creams the garbanzo’s … use whatever amount you like)
1 tbs cumin (or more if you like)
1/2 cup fresh parsley or cilantro… or not…
salt to taste
pepper to taste

Dump all the ingredients into your food processor except Olive Oil, and pulse until creamy, then add Olive oil while it’s processing to get the consistency you like… DONE! Want to add roasted red pepper? get about 1/4 cup or so, drain and dry them and add them in!!!

My FAVORITE ADD IN? Roasted Eggplant… OF COURSE! Also… roasted garlic is DIVINE!!!! For an extra special treat, once in a while… after it’s all processed, stir in some mash avocado….so rich and creamy… you’ll think you are eating pure junk food…
Mangia Bene!

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