Sunday, January 6, 2013

Classic Hummus

This healthy dip is readily available in the supermarket these days, so why make your own?  Well, prepackaged hummus can be pricey and contain ingredients that you don't want.  And, I'll let you in on a little secret ~ it's incredibly easy to make it yourself.  Just dump your ingredients in the bowl of your food processor, push a button and let the processor do all the work.  Voila, home made hummus in no time flat, and at a fraction of the cost! 

I always keep some on hand for a quick snack or lunch.  Dipping crunchy veggies or spreading on a whole grain wrap are healthy options when hunger sets in.  I always include hummus on my party menu as well so I can enjoy some guilt free munching! 

1 can (29 oz) chick peas, drained and reserve liquid
4 to 5 garlic cloves
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons water or chick pea liquid
Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor bowl and process until smooth.  For thinner consistency, add more water or chick pea liquid.

Serve with veggies, pitas or your favorite dippers.  Spread on a pita or whole grain wrap and add salad greens to for a delicious sandwich.

You can experiment by adding ingredients for different flavor profiles.  Try pitted calamata olives, or sun dried tomatoes, or canned pumpkin.