Hummus is a great spread to say in the least! Typically it consists of a puree of chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, tahini, olive oil, and a dash of citrus (think lemon juice). The spread is versatile on rye bread sandwiches or when used as a dip for raw veggies and crackers. You can even get creative and add things like sun-dried tomatoes, red peppers, chili flakes, and garlic to mix it up a bit.
Garbanzo beans are naturally low in fat and high in dietary fiber. Olive oil is beneficial for your heart as it contains monounsaturated fat which help lower the levels of the "bad" cholesterol that can buildup as plaque in your arteries causing blockages.
Living in Denmark, I often buy the Løgismose brand of hummus but when we finished off the our last little jar I was inspired to create my own at home. Not only is it cheaper, I am preferring more and more to make things in our kitchen. A total win-win!
Hummus à la Bun Shop
Makes about two cups and is enough to fill a large glass jar
1 garlic clove, peeled (you can use more it depends on your taste)
1 1/2 cup or 1 can of chickpeas
2 tbsp tahini
1/2 lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1/4 cup water
Add the garlic to the food processor and process until nice and chopped. Next add chick peas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, cayenne, salt, cumin, and a tad of water. Blend until nice and smooth. Feel free to add more water if the mixture seems too chick. Taste and add salt to preference. Spoon into a bowl to be served right away or put into a glass jar to be enjoyed later.