Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Heavenly Hummus

I love my hummus! I learned in my scientific nutrition class that it's a complete protein (meaning it contains all the amino acids the body needs to synthesize all the needed proteins). It has no animal sources of saturated fat (no animal products at all), so there's no reason not to eat all you want! Except one--the price. After spending $5 apiece for small tubs of it in the grocery store, I decided to make my own. What do you know, it's really easy, and cheap, to make. Not to mention it tastes way better than any hummus I've had from the store or even in restaurants.

Total prep time is ~10 mins or less.

1 16 oz can chick peas (garbanzo beans) - drain and rinse
1/4 cup liquid from the can of beans
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons tahini (this is made from sesame seeds, similar in consistency to organic peanut butter)
2 cloves garlic (sliced)
1/2 tsp salt (I use sea salt)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Throw ingredients in food processor and mix for 3-5 minutes on low speed until it's at the desired consistency. It tastes best if you let it sit in the fridge for a couple hours (to allow the flavors to mingle), and then take it out and allow it to come to room temperature before eating.

This is for the basic recipe (which is delicious), but there are countless variations. One I tried and liked was using 4 cloves of garlic and sauteing the garlic in EVOO before putting in the food processor.

Top with paprika and drizzle with EVOO

Tastes great with warm pita, on whole grain crackers, or on fresh carrots or celery.

I'm gonna go make some right now!