Whenever I am feeling a little blue, I go to the kitchen and whip up something tasty to eat.
Hummus is a very heart healthy but delicious snack. Here are the main ingredients:
I don't like fussy recipes. This is one that you can adjust to your taste. If you like a lot of garlic, then by all means, add more. If you like a creamier version, you can add a little sour cream or non-fat Greek yogurt.
4 -5 cloves of garlic
4 -5 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
1 15 oz. can of garbanzo beans (also called chick peas) rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 -3 tablespoons of Sesame Tahini ( found in the ethnic section of your grocery)
** If you can't find tahini, you can use creamy peanut butter as a substitute
1/4 cup of sour cream
1 bunch of cilantro, cleaned and chopped coarsely (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
I start by smashing the garlic cloves with a mortar and pestle, with a little Kosher salt to help smooosh it all together. ( I know that is not a word)
Using a food processor or a blender, add all of the ingredients and process until very smooth. You can make adjustments for the seasoning at this point.
Spread over a plate and sprinkle with extra virgin olive oil, olives and chopped cilantro. And add a little paprika for color. Serve with crisp fresh veggies, crackers or warm pita bread.
Hope you try it!
Have a blessed day, my friends!