Hummus is a great plant-based protein, high in vitamins and minerals. It supports bone and heart health, helps with digestion, decreases inflammation and fights illness and disease. What's not to love about hummus!
I know you can easily pick it up at the grocery deli, but it's worth the time to pick up a few extra ingredients and make it from scratch. The natural and fresh taste is well worth it!
1 can (15oz) garbanzo (chickpeas), drained (save the water and try to use BPA free cans).
2 cloves garlic, peeled
3 tablespoons tahini
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4th cup water (from the garbanzo beans saved water or fresh filtered water).
1/4th cup fresh, chopped Italian parsley (optional but gives it a fresh flavor).
Other optional ingredients: sun-dried tomatoes, fresh chopped basil, kalamata olives, roasted red pepper.
Put all ingredients in blender or food processor and blend until creamy. Refrigerate until ready to use. Serve with pita bread, crackers or vegetables as a dip. Also, great on sandwiches!
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