Recipes Hummus

Hummus is a delicious and versatile dish that is found in many different variations.  Used as a dip for pita, bread, or fresh vegetables or spread on your favorite sandwich, hummus adds a wonderful flavor while increasing your intake of protein, fiber, and other healthy vitamins.  The biggest advantage to making your own hummus is that you can enjoy this concoction free of the preservatives and additives that are commonly added to packaged foods to increase shelf life.  Another added bonus is that you can freely tweak the ingredients to find the flavor that fits your palate perfectly.

The following is a great basic hummus recipe that is easy to build off of with different veggies and herbs.

1 bulb roasted garlic
1 (19 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained (reserve liquid)
3 tablespoons tahini
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons water, or as needed
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons olive oil, or as needed
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon cumin

Preheat a oven or toaster oven to 350 Fahrenheit.  Cut the top 1/4 inch off of a bulb of garlic.  Place the bulb cut side up on a piece of tin foil and drizzle with a little olive oil.  Wrap up the bulb of garlic and roast in the oven for half an hour.  After the garlic has cooled, remove the roasted cloves from the paper and put into a food processor with the remainder of the ingredients.  Process until smooth.   If the hummus seems too dry or you have trouble with it mixing completely, slowly add the reserved liquid from the can of garbanzo bean until you get the desired consistency.  

Spoon into a serving dish and drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the top.  Eat with pita bread or carrot sticks.  Also try using this hummus as a spread for sandwiches.

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