Today, our Staff Writer & Managing Editor Diana Williamson shares a simple recipe for the nutritious chickpea dip- hummus.
Why not make your own hummus for a healthy meal or snack, topped on crackers with olives and salsa? There are a myriad ways of ways to serve it up and season to your liking.
It’s easy-to-make, healthy, a great source of protein and fiber and the ingredients are very inexpensive, versus buying store bought. What’s not to love? Those who are counting calories can celebrate the fact it will keep you feeling full and therefore less inclined to reach for junk food.
1 can of chickpeas rinsed, 15 oz
2 tbsp lemon juice
¼ cup of olive oil
1 tsp cumin
1 clove garlic
¼ tsp paprika
2 tbsp tahini
Makes one and a half cups.
Calories: 25 per tablespoon.
In a blender or food processor, blend chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, dash of salt, some tahini (optional). Blend until creamy, adding a few tablespoons of water if necessary to achieve the right consistency. Decorate with paprika and parsley. You can experiment and add your own favorite herbs to it- to spice it up or just add additional flavor.
If you want to skip the crackers- it also goes well with fresh cherry tomatoes, celery and carrot sticks.