Saturday, January 28, 2012

Heavenly Hummus

This creamy hummus is a healthy dip that is always a hit!  SO nutritious with beans and garlic and tahini (this is sesame seed paste) -- a healthy fat!  A great option for parties!  Or it's a great way to get your kids and whole family to eat more veggies -- serve it with veggies before dinner when everyone is hungry and will eat anything (not that eating hummus requires any arm-twisting!)!

3 c garbanzo beans, drained (save juice, may be added for moistening of hummus)
2-4 Tbsp tahini (4 Tbsp = 1/4 c)
1/4 c lemon juice
1 t garlic, minced
reserved bean juice or water (up to 2 cups!)
1 T parsley, fresh, minced (optional)
Paprika (for appearance)

Combine beans, tahini, juice, garlic, and parsley in a food processor. Puree until smooth. Sprinkle with paprika in serving dish; tastes great with low-fat Triscuits or fresh veggies!

Hummus is a super-cheap nutritious snack to make! Costco sometimes sells a super-huge can of garbanzo beans (108 oz!) for $3-4!  I haven't seen it in a while :( Maybe you will have better luck at your local Costco.

You can also try your hummus as a sandwich like THIS!

Costco also sells a large container of hummus that tastes EXACTLY like this authentic recipe! We buy it for our family often, in order to eat more hummus than we might if we only ate it homemade.

Another great product that I ate today was the best Tabouli -- it's from Costco! What a delicious bargain for a lovely prepared food made of all whole food ingredients (check out  list in the photo!)!  $3 for the big tub shown below!

Check out the fabulous Tabouli sandwich on whole wheat bread -- that would also be great with some hummus!  Yum!  Lots of fiber, and I love those flavors -- lemon and mint and tomatoes and pepper are my favorites!

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Do you enjoy Middle Eastern foods? I have to thank Aladdin's Eatery for practically all my middle eastern food experience -- aside from hummus and tabouli! I probably had both of those foods there for the first time too!

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