Basic Hummus

Why buy hummus at the grocery store when it is easy to make at home?  A staple in Middle Eastern cuisine, hummus is a great dip or hors d’oeuvre.  Made with chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans), it’s packed with protein and fiber.  Serve it with bread and it’s a complete protein.

hummusHere’s what you’ll need:

1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed (about 2 cups)
¼ cup tahini
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup lemon juice
½ tsp cumin
¼ tsp sea salt
paprika for garnish

Combine all ingredients (except for paprika) into a food processor.  Blend until smooth.  Put hummus into a bowl and sprinkle paprika on top.  Serve with pita, carrots or similar foods.

Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds.  You can find it at most grocery stores in the Middle Eastern foods section or near the peanut butter.

Many hummus recipes call for a clove of garlic.  I usually don’t use garlic because my husband does not like the taste.

Once you’ve made this basic hummus, it’s easy to make it your own.  Add extra lemon juice, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, or anything else you think would taste good!

Total time: less than 10 minutes
Serves: 4 to 6 people as an appetizer, 8 to 10 as an hors d’oeuvre or dip