I love hummus. Heck, who doesn't?! It's full of fiber and nutrients, and it's just so dang good. But one of the key ingredients, tahini paste, is really freakin' expensive. And, in my city, it's a bit hard to find. The one store I know of that used to carry it, sold it at $7 for a skinny little jar. So, I had to figure out a recipe for hummus that doesn't use tahini if I wanted to keep eating it. Here's what I came up with
2 15oz cans garbanzo beans (save juice from one can)
2 Tbsp olive oil (if ya got it)
3- 4 Tbsp lemon juice, to taste
2-4 garlic cloves, to taste, minced
4 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp sea salt,or more to taste
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
Add bean juice, to taste - I use almostthe whole can of juice
Blend it all up in a blender (for smoother hummus) or a food processor (for slightly chunkier hummus) and then go to town on it. We like dipping carrot sticks (cheapest veggie on the market right now) and tortilla chips into it. I also like to spread some on a whole wheat tortilla with a bit of salsa and green onion, and grill it up like a quesadilla. It's so good!
Once it's all mixed up I like to shake a bit of lime juice and paprika on the top. Sometimes I'll chop up some spinach and green onions and throw that on top too. It looks really nice and tastes even better!