Hummus: Quick, Easy, and Delicious!

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Here's how to make hummus, the ultimate delicious and healthy Mediterranean snack.
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Step 1: The ingredients

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First you need a food processor.
While you're at the grocery store pick up the following things:

15 oz. can of garbanzo beans, otherwise known as chickpeas
6 oz. cup of plain Greek yogurt
jar of Tahini, often located in the Mediterranean food section, or near salad dressing
1 good sized clove of garlic, or 2 small ones
1 lemon
olive oil

Optional ingredients:
cumin, chili pepper, chipotle pepper, and/or any other delicious spices
roasted red peppers
black beans
sun-dried tomatoes
pine nuts

Step 2: The garlic

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• Cut garlic clove/s into quarters, toss into the food processor to chop 'em up.

Step 3: The chickpeas, the tahini, the yogurt

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• Open a can of chickpeas, drain, and toss into the food processor
• Measure about a 1/4 cup of Tahini and pour into the mix
• Spoon about half of the container of Greek yogurt into the mix
[Note- yogurt can be left out for a vegan-friendly dip!]

Step 4: The lemon

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 • Squeeze half a lemon, 1/8 to 1/4 cup of juice, and add it to the food processor.

Step 5: Blend it

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• Blend it, blend it good.
• Taste it to adjust - too lumpy? Add more yogurt (or put an avocado in it). Too bitter? More beans. Too bland? Check out the next step.

Step 6: The extra flavors

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• Here is where you would add some extra stuff [I would recommend a few, not all!] : 

a few pinches of delicious spices/herbs (cumin, chili pepper, chipotle pepper, cilantro, etc)
a tablespoon of capers
a small handful of pitted olives
a few roasted red pepper strips
half of an avocado
1/4 cup black beans
a small handful of pine nuts
a couple sun-dried of tomatoes

Step 7: Serve and eat it

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• Serve with pita, pita chips, veggies, or naan bread. Toast pitas/bread for extra goodness. It can also be spread on sandwiches for a great mayo alternative.
oddstray5 years ago
Here's a garlic tip.  Get rid of the green 'core' from the garlic cloves.  Those are what make you reek of garlic.  (My Lebanese ex taught me this, and it must work, because my co-workers were ragging on some other guy at work for his garlic stink.  They were amazed when I told them we almost never skip garlic in our dinner!)