A SIMPLE HUMMUS

This is a win on so many levels!  I have spent far too much money on hummus, since I used to buy it weekly.  What I also noticed was the wasted plastic that was racking up, unnecessarily in the recycling bin.  All I had to read was about the listeria bacteria scares to push me into making this dish on my own each week! ...and it is soo easy...

Removing the skin on the Chick Peas

Removing the skin on the Chick Peas

Ingredients:

All of the quantities of the  ingredients can be played with to suit your own tastes and diet.

16 oz. Cooked garbanzo beans 

a few Tablespoons of Tahini

a couple cloves of Garlic

Juice of one Lemon and lemon zest (of an organic lemon)

Olive Oil (I don't use this in mine, I substitute it with water)

salt to taste

Optional:

cumin, cayenne, paprika, chipotle seasoning

 

 

Step One:

First begin by removing the skin on the Chick Pea (Garbanzo Bean).  You can do this by pinching the bean in between your thumb, index and middle fingers.  This is not a necessary step, but it makes the Hummus smooth. Set the skinned peas aside in a separate bowl.    This is a great step to do while listening to a friend, a book on tape or your kids when they get home...if they are old enough, they can do it!

Union Square Vendor's self-professed "Worlds Best Garlic"

Union Square Vendor's self-professed "Worlds Best Garlic"

Step Two:

Chop or crush a few cloves of garlic.  Garlic is a mainstay of hummus, but if your diet does not include garlic, omit it from this recipe.  You can substitute with onion, add some other spices at the end or just enjoy the taste of the chickpeas.

Throw it all in the food processor

Throw it all in the food processor

Step 3:

Throw the chick peas and garlic into the food processor and blend for about 10-15 seconds.    

Yum! Squeeze in some fresh lemon

Yum! Squeeze in some fresh lemon

Step 4:

Add in the lemon.  If you have used an organic lemon, grate a little zest of the lemon (only the yellow part, not including the white part of the lemon - which is bitter).

Tahini is sesame butter

Tahini is sesame butter

Step 5:

Add the Tahini and blend for a few more seconds.  Gradually continue blending and add water to smooth out the hummus.  Some add more oil, this is not for me, as I prefer lower-fat hummus (the tahini adds enough fat in my opinion), but of course do so if you wish.  

Store it for use later or use right away.

Store it for use later or use right away.

And you have instant Yum!  Many people dress their hummus with a swirl of olive oil and sprinkle a little paprika on top; for me, it is perfect just..like..this!

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