How to make : Hummus

Hummus is a creamy dip from the Middle East and is considered as a clean, healthy food. The main ingredient, chickpeas, member of the legume family, give you protein, good-for-you carbs, and fiber.

Homemade is always better than any store bought food. To make hummus, you’ll need:

1 can chickpeas
1/4 cup Tahini (ground sesame seed paste)*
2-3 cloves garlic
3 Tablepoons or more olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp or juice of half lemon
Cayenne pepper (optional)

Procedure:
Combine all ingredients except olive oil in a food processor or a blender. You can adjust the quantity of the ingredients to taste depending on how strong you want the flavor to be. Pulse to low speed while slowly pouring olive oil. You can always add more as you blend it, but if you add too much, you’ve got a sauce, not a dip. It really depends on how thick you like your hummus. Continue mixing until creamy.

Transfer into a bowl or dipping cup. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil and a dash of cayenne pepper if you like it spicy.

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I tried it with a slice of toasted whole wheat bread and fell in love with it. You can also use it as spread or dip for veggie sticks, crackers or pita bread.

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*To make Tahini, I used a coffee grinder to puree seseame seeds and olive oil. Pulse until it forms into a paste.

REMINDER: Too much of everything is bad, so portion control is the key. A cup of hummus has 408 calories according to nutritionists.