Recipe of the Month - February 2011
Hummus is a creamy and versatile spread typically made from chickpeas. It’s a perfect compliment to fresh vegetables, adding some protein and heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Once you’ve mastered this basic recipe, try adding different flavors like sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts, or artichoke hearts.
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, half the liquid reserved
- 4 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame) paste
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Dash of black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
1. In a blender, chop the garlic. Pour garbanzo beans and reserved liquid into blender, reserving about a tablespoon for garnish. Add lemon juice, salt, and olive oil to the blender. Blend until creamy and well mixed.
2. Transfer the mixture to a medium serving bowl. Sprinkle with pepper and garnish with reserved garbanzo beans. Serve with whole wheat pita bread and fresh vegetables.
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