Hummus is a smooth, creamy, and garlicky dip or spread that’s made primarily from garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas). Hummus is enjoyed throughout the Middle East and typically is served in a shallow bowl with warm wedges of pita bread for dipping. You can also serve hummus as a dip for raw vegetables and as a pita-pocket filling.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Yield: 8 servings (1/4 cup each)
15-ounce can garbanzo beans (about 1 3/4 cups)
1 large clove garlic
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 fresh lemon
Rinse the garbanzo beans.
Mince the garlic clove.
Place the garbanzo beans, garlic, water, tahini, lemon juice, and cumin in a blender or food processor.
Process until smooth and creamy.
Pour into a shallow bowl.
Drizzle the olive oil over the hummus, followed by a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a dusting of paprika.
Chill and then serve.
Per serving: Calories 115 (From fat 54); Fat 6g (Saturated 1g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 12mg; Carbohydrate 12g (Dietary fiber 4g); Protein 5g.