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Published on December 08, 2017

Homemade hummus

Try something new this year and make your own hummus. Made from five simple ingredients, its name in Arabic literally translates to “chickpeas.”

These cream-colored beans are full of protein and rich in fiber. Tahini is ground sesame seed paste that adds creaminess and a distinctive nutty flavor. Hummus can be served with pita bread or used as a dip for raw veggies like carrots, celery and bell pepper slices.

Homemade hummus

Makes 10 servings

2 (15-oz.) cans no-salt-added chickpeas, drained, liquid reserved
5 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup tahini
5 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 Tbsp. reserved chickpea liquid
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste
Paprika or parsley sprigs for garnish, optional

Place all ingredients except salt and optional garnish in food processor. Process until mixture is coarsely puréed. Add salt to taste. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Garnish with a dash of paprika or parsley sprigs.

Makes 10 servings (1/4 cut)

Nutrition facts per serving: 144 calories, 7 g total fat (1 g saturated fat), 16 g carbohydrate, 6 g protein, 5 g dietary fiber, 13 mg sodium.


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