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Creamy low-fat hummus

Posted Dec 04 2008 12:00am

As much as I love eating Thanksgiving food, I am actually happy that I have run out of left overs. Since I am no longer eating heaping plates of stuffing, potatoes, and gravy, I can focus on eating a bit healthier again.

Unfortunately, I have not really felt like cooking or spending much time in the kitchen (I will be back to normal soon enough). This is where hummus comes into the picture. Low-fat, creamy, garlicky hummus that is. Served with baked pita chips and olives, this is a healthy and flavorful treat that makes it easy to get back on track.

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Here is the recipe:

2 cans garbanzo beans (save the liquid)
2/3 cup “bean juice” saved from the cans
1/3 cup tahini paste
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 cloves garlic (or 4 cloves if you are brave)
1 tsp salt (or more to taste)
optional-paprika, olives, and parsley for garnish

Blend tahini paste and lemon juice together in a food processor or blender. Slowly blend in the bean juice until the mixture is creamy and light in color, then add in garlic and blend until distributed. Add beans, about 1 cup at a time, and blend until smooth. Continue until all beans are incorporated and the mixture is nice and creamy. That’s basically it!

If desired, you can pulse in some parsley or olives at this point, or chop them separately and stir them in. For something different, try blending in roasted garlic or roasted red peppers to add extra flavor without extra fat. For a light meal, make a platter out of hummus, olives, pita chips, and cucumber slices or other raw veggies.

To make your own pita chips, take a few store-bought pitas and cut them into about 6 equal triangles. Spread them out evenly on a baking sheet and spray with non-stick cooking spray, or simply drizzle them with olive oil.

Sprinkle the triangles with the seasoning of your choice, such as sea salt, fresh black pepper, cumin, or Italian seasonings.

Bake at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until chips are lightly brown. Then remove from oven and flip them over, and bake for about 10 more minutes. Oven times may vary, so watch them to make sure they don’t burn. Enjoy!

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