Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Classic Garlic Hummus


It's just beans and some spices all blended together. That's it.

So why does it capture me with so much wonder and beauty?

Why does this simple bean dip have me wrapped around it's finger?
Is is possibly the smoky-garlic flavor that caresses my taste buds inciting a sort of euphoric happiness?

It's like the pleasure of dipping hand made french fries into fresh ranch dressing. Only with a lot less guilt.

It's just beans, after all. The sweet little garbanzo beans all loaded with fiber and lean protein laced with garlic, cumin, lemon juice, and a little heat from cayenne pepper.
And it's easy, not like it would be to mow up the side of Mt. Kilamanjaro. Nope it's more like a nice stroll through the sand on the Gulf of Mexico while sipping a margarita.

Doesn't that just sound lovely?

Please excuse me while a dip a pita chip into this succulent hummus and take a big gulp of margarita.

I couldn't resist and be warned... you may not be able to resist either.

Now let's get on with the recipe.

Classic Garlic Hummus
4 Cloves Garlic; peeled and sliced in half
1 (15 ounce) Can Garbanzo Beans; drained and rinsed
1/2 Cup Plain Yogurt
1 tsp. Ground Cumin
1 tsp. Onion Salt
1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
2 tsp. Lemon Juice
1 tsp. Black Pepper

1. Place your food processor on your counter top and add the garlic cloves, garbanzo beans, yogurt, cumin, onion salt, cayenne pepper, olive oil, lemon juice, and black pepper. 
2. Process until smooth, pulsing and scraping the sides of the processor bowl to incorporate all of the ingredients. 
3. Serve with fresh vegetables (some of my favorites are celery, carrots, and pea pods) and/or pita chips or crackers.

Servings: 8 (approx. 1/4 cup)

Nutritional Skinny:

73 calories / 2 g fat / 10 g carbohydrates / 2.6 g fiber / 4 g protein

Mental Health Benefit: Beans aren't just the musical fruit anymore. They are loaded with tons of lean protein and packed with healthy fiber. There is 6 grams of fiber per serving. And this sweet little easy appetizer is loaded with almost 3 grams of fiber per serving. Now that's something to toot about! You can also use it to build the Best EVER Bagel Sandwich (for recipe click HERE).

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