Saturday, April 21, 2012

World's Best (Super Healthy and Easy To Make) Hummus

OK, so it's no secret that I (and a few innocent bystanders in our house who shall remain nameless) have been living in the world of Jillian Michaels for the past month or so.  One of the culinary highlights while on this new adventure is the hummus we have as a snack between lunch and dinner.  Here is an easy to make, healthy, inexpensive and DELICIOUS hummus recipe.  Thank you Jillian Michaels!

Yields 2 very generous servings

1 18 oz can chickpeas
1/4 cup lemon juice (approx 1 1/2 lemons), or more to taste
3 tbsp tahini
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/4 tsp salt

1.  Drain the chickpeas and reserve 1/4 cup of the liquid it came in.  

2.  Place all ingredients except chickpeas and reserved liquid in a mini chopper bowl and grind for a few seconds.  

3.  Add the chickpeas and the reserved liquid to the mixture and mix again for 30 seconds or until desired consistency.

Serve with celery, carrots and/or mini whole wheat pita bread pockets or whole wheat pita chips.

Having a party?  Double up on the ingredients and serve on a platter as pictured here.  I do this in two batches as my mini chopper runneth over when I double up but if you have a food processor, you can do it all at once.  

By the way, Jillian (we're on a first name basis now that we are sweating together) suggests that after mixing all together, you pour 2 tsp of olive oil and sprinkle with a spice called sumac.  However, I haven't found the sumac locally and frankly we eat it without these two ingredients and it is truly delicious.