Hummus Yummus! You see it sold everywhere and served at lots of different types of restaurants.
Here is a bit of history on this wonderful dish:
Chickpeas, fresh garlic, lemon juice and tahini paste, you cant get any healthier than this. The problem is lots of the commercial packaged versions add sugar and perservatives. So the solution? Make your own!!
Here are the basic ingredients:
- 2 cans chick peas, drained and rinsed
- 3 tbsp tahini paste (you can find this in most grocery stores, esp Bloom and Harris Teeter)
- 1/4c fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 to 4 fresh cloves of garlic (I use raw garlic for an extra garlicy kick!)
- 1/4c water
- 1/4c olive oil
Mix all the ingredients in a food processor and let it roll until its smooth. If the mixture is too dry, then add more water and/or lemon juice. Adjust the ingredients based on your taste preference. I tend to like more lemon juice. ALso if the raw garlic is too much for you, you can always sautee them in olive oil for a bit first.
This side is a great addition to veggies eaten as a dip anytime. You can also use this to top your sandwhiches, goes great with chicken on a whole wheat pita.