Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Hummus

I find nothing more gross than vegetable dipped in ranch dressing.  Yes, anything remotely highly processed and unnatural has no room in my kitchen!  Plus, the only thing that it does is add more "empty" calories to one's diet. 
So let's talk about a healthier way to snack.  Hummus is a great way to add a lot of needed nutrient to our diet without compromising taste and adding those empty calories. Hummus is versatile as well as it can be used as a base for sandwiches or as a dip.

It truly only takes 5 minutes to make this delicious condiment, so no need to get pre-made one with all those artificial flavors and/or preservatives. 

Here is how to get some homemade hummus:

Ingredients:
- 1 can of chickpeas, drained, liquid reserved
- 1/2 cup of tahini
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 to 3 cloves of garlic
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon of paprika (I love hot smoked paprika)
- Juice of 1 lemon

1- Put everything in a food processor and begin to process.  Add chickpea liquid as needed until you have the right consistency (not too creamy but not too liquidly).



2- Taste and adjust the seasoning. Place in a container, sprinkle a bit of paprika on top and drizzle some olive oil. Keep in a fridge for about a week or so.

Enjoy!