Hummus (Chickpea or Garbanzo Bean Dip)
Hummus is a middle eastern dip made from Chickpeas. Another word for chickpeas is garbanzo beans. This is an excellent alternative to fat laden creamy dressings, most traditionally used to drown vegetable sticks in ...
Chickpeas are from the legume family. They are a good source protein and very good source of fiber. And we have all been told that fiber is not only good to keep us regular, but it can also help lower cholesterol and indirectly helps us with weight loss ...
With all of these benefits, why not add this additional legume to your diet, in place of the usual such as pinto beans.
The dip is simple to make. You can either use dry beans or canned beans. Canned beans are a quicker option when you are pressed for time. You will need one specialty item for this, so you may need to visit your neighborhood Greek/Mediterranean store or a whole foods market.
That specialty item is 'Tahini.' "What in heck is that," you ask? That's just a fancy word for sesame seed butter. Just like peanut butter is made from peanuts, Tahini is made from roasted sesame seeds. So if you don't have Tahini on hand, you can toast your own sesame seeds and just throw it in the blender with the rest of the ingredients.
You really need that. That's what gives this dip the distinct taste ...
Let's get started, shall we? Here's what you need and how it's done.
16 oz can of chickpeas
1-2 Tbs Tahini
1/4 c. yogurt
1-2 Tbs olive oil
salt and pepper optional
- Throw everything in your food processor and blend it up at high speed until you have a smooth paste.
- Scrape out the dip into a bowl
- Serve with vege sticks, spread on toasted Ezikiel bread or some other multi-grain bread, or top it on your favorite.
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