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Letís Talk Hummus!

by Buffy Owens
May/June 2010
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1 16-oz. can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans
ľ cup liquid from can of chickpeas
3-5 tablespoons lemon or lime juice (depending on taste)
1Ĺ tablespoons tahini (optional)
2-4 cloves garlic peeled and crushed (yum!)
Ĺ teaspoon salt
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 package of whole wheat pita bread circles
A variety of vegetables

DIRECTIONS: Open the can of chickpeas and drain, reserving the liquid. Place the chickpeas in your blender or food processor along with the lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and salt. Turn on your blender and slowly pour in the ľ cup liquid reserved from the chickpeas. Let your blender run until a paste forms and there are no visible chunks of chickpeas. Next, slowly add the olive oil. Let the blender go for at least 2 minutes. Adjust your seasonings. Remove the hummus with a soft spatula and place in a bowl.

Certain foods are a canvas for creating numerous other culinary delights! Hummus is one of those foods. You can buy pre-made hummus or you can make your own. Hummus is a healthy alternative to other dips and one that is far more versatile. If you want to make your own hummus, see the recipe (you must have a food processor or ...

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