Sunday, June 19, 2011

Quick and Cheap hummus

I ran out of hummus the other day. Bummer. I love putting it on bread rather than another spread, it's low in fat and high in protein. Have you seen how expensive it can be? Are you kidding me? It's so cheap to make it's ridiculous and it takes about 5 minutes. Here's the recipe...

Plain hummus, add more spices or whatever you want for more flavor...

1 14 ounce can garbanzo beans
OR about 1 cup of dried beans that you've soaked overnight, drained, added 4 cups of water to, and cooked (bring to boil and then simmer for about 2 hours.) This gives you about 2 cups of cooked beans. Add about a cup or so of their cooking liquid. Dry beans are even cheaper than canned.
1/4 cup tahini. You'll find it in the peanut butter section. This is sesame seed paste.
2 TBSP flax oil. You can also use olive oil, grapeseed oil, or even canola, but flax is best.
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, chopped, more if you'd like.
1 1/4 tsp ground cumin. I like more than that, I use about 2 1/4 tsp in mine.
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper

Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Process until smooth. Add garlic, red peppers,spices, or anything else you'd like to make the hummus more flavorful.