Friday, December 24, 2010

Garlic Hummus

This healthy appetizer is always a crowd pleaser.  Serve with pita chips or fresh, crunchy veggies like carrots, radishes, celery, red peppers or cucumbers.

Ingredients
  • 2 15 oz. cans of garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • 1-cup canola oil (the more you use the creamier the consistency)
  • 5 garlic cloves and/or garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp sesame tahini
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • Black pepper to taste
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
To turn this into Roasted Red Pepper Hummus simply sauté one red bell pepper with extra virgin olive oil until soft and add everything in the pan (including the oil) to the food processor.  Blend with original ingredients.

Directions
  1. Rinse chickpeas in water and add to food processor
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth
  3. Garnish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds
Health Benefits
The star of this dish, the chickpea, has it all!  It is a legume, which means it contains protein, fiber and complex carbs.  Plus, it is low in fat and contains no cholesterol.  This dish will digest slowly and can be filling so in addition to making a great appetizer, it can be used as a spread on sandwiches.

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