Thursday, May 23, 2013

Spicy Garlic Hummus


"I feel like having a dip...but not sure what, maybe hummus?" I said on the phone, weighing my options. I continued my thought and the response was "I can grab some before I head over, does that work?" No, no it does not, especially since hummus is so easy to make. "No, don't worry about it, I'll make some." With that, I ended the call, pulled out the ingredients, and set to work. Ever wonder why this dish is such an entertaining standard? No? Neither have I, though I have seen the packaged Spicy Garlic Hummus often and my mind wonders why not just take the few minutes to make it fresh, and make it better!

Servings: 16 tablespoons
Prep Time: 5-10 min

1 Cup Garbanzo Beans, canned, drained
2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
(or 1 heaping teaspoon of minced garlic)
2 Tablespoons Tahini
2 Teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
Cayenne Pepper, as a garnish

In a food processor or blender, pulse the garbanzo beans and other ingredients until smooth. Set aside in a serving dish and sprinkle with ground cayenne. Chill to serve or leave out and eat with warm pita, pita chips, or in my case, homemade flour tortillas. Enjoy!

Oh, and for a similar and easy side, check out: Green Pea Mash, great for dipping or as a starch replacement!!

Nutrition Info: (1 Tablespoon) 
Calories 35, Total Fat: 1.8g, Sat. Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 81.9mg, Carb: 3.9g, Fiber: 0.8g, Sugars: 0g, Protein: 1.1g

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