Chickpeas are the core ingredient to this healthy food, loaded with protein. Hummus is popular in the Middle East and is also commonly found in Mediterranean-style meals. However, it is now quite popular in the US, costs pennies to make and less than fifteen minutes of prep time. My recipe is a "mas o menos," which means more or less. Adjust the ingredients to your particular taste.
1 can of chickpeas/garbanzo, with liquid
juice of 1 fresh lemon
2 T. tahini*
2 cloves of roasted garlic**
1/8 c. olive oil
salt to taste
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve with pita chips, raw veggies or use as a spread on a sandwich or wrap.
*Sesame seed paste can be purchased at any grocery store with a healthy food section.
**My daughter taught me to a quick-roast garlic, just place the cloves in a nonstick pan on medium heat and turn them until they're lightly browned on all sides.
Substitute any of the following for a twist:
roasted red bell pepper, roasted jalapeno, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives