Sunday, August 14, 2011


Hummus is one of the tastiest and healthiest snacks you can choose to eat, but what you may not know is that is one of the easiest snacks to make! Why spend $5 on this store bought treat when you can whip it up in minutes? Keep it simple and traditional, or mix in some of your favorite yummy flavors. Either way, if you're looking for a protein packed mini meal- make your own hummus today!

15 oz can of chickpeas
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 lemon, juiced (2-3 tablespoons of juice)
1 clove garlic

-Drain the can of chickpeas.
-Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
-Serve with pita and veggies and enjoy!
(Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge.)

Though there are MANY different types of hummus out there- this one was inspired by my favorite hummus from Trader Joes.

-Try blending in one of the following for a tasty flavored hummus: kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes, caramelized onions, pine nuts, pesto, hot sauce, tahini, crush dried red pepper, roasted eggplant, or roasted red pepper.
-If your hummus seems too thick, add in more olive oil one teaspoon at a time.
-To cut calories even more, use the chickpea liquid from the can instead of olive oil.
-Make your own pita chips by cutting up pita, mist a light layer of spray olive oil on top, season with salt and pepper and toast in a 400 degree oven until crispy.
-Try hummus instead of mayonnaise on your next sandwich or wrap!
-Make a veggie pizza: spread hummus on prepared pizza dough and top with your favorite sliced vegetables.
-Instead of using only chickpeas in the hummus, mix in some cannellini beans, edamame, or black beans for added protein and flavor.

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