Hummus can be found
in most every grocery store now in the deli section. There
are many varieties. If you haven't tried this wonderful
spread that is a traditional Middle Eastern food, pick some up
today. It is a very healthful alternative to most other
spreads and dips. To make it at home, follow the basic recipe
that follows and then make your own variations.
- 2 - 15 oz. cans
of drained garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
(fresh is best, but bottled will work okay)
- 2 - 3 cloves of
- 3 Tbsp. Tahini
(ground sesame seeds - found in all health food stores
or in the health food section of your grocery store)
- 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin
- dash of salt
- Put all ingredients
in your food processor or blender. Process until smooth,
scraping down sides if necessary.
Many variations can
be made on the basic recipe. After the garbanzos are smooth,
use a wooden spoon to mix in chopped chives, chopped sweet or
roasted red peppers, or chopped spinach. Be creative.
I use hummus as a
spread on all of my sandwiches, on bagels in place of cream cheese,
on baked potatoes instead of butter or margarine, as a dip with
vegetables, and even instead of mayo when making tuna salad.
The possibilities are endless. Sometimes I even just eat
it with a spoon! :-)