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No Tahini – No Problem Homemade Hummus

I admit it, I am lazy.  I love buying pre-washed organic lettuce, lounging around with a good book and buying pre-made hummus.  Hummus is one of the easiest and healthiest spreads to make.  There are loads or recipes out there and many are delicious.  Although I like tahini (raw if you can find it) I don’t always have it on hand so here is my no-tahini version, which is perfect to use when making Wild Rice Stuffed Peppers.

No-Tahini Hummus

2-15 oz. cans garbanzo beans/chick peas, rinsed (choose BPA free lining such as Eden)
1/4 cup chopped red pepper (optional)
2 cloves of raw garlic (or 5 cloves, roasted*)
1 tsp.  organic lemon zest (please use organic since you are eating the peel)
1 Tbs. olive oil, unrefined and organic if you can find it
2 Tbs. lemon juice
2Tbs. water
1/2-3/4 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. parsley, dried
dash cayenne pepper

 Place garbanzo beans, red pepper, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, water, herbs and 1/2 tsp. salt in blender or food processor.  Blend on high adding more water (or olive oil) as needed.  As you blend scrape down hummus.  Taste and adjust seasonings and remaining 1/4 tsp salt if needed.

*To roast garlic:  place aluminum foil on baking sheet and put several peeled cloves from 1-3 heads on foil, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and loosely close foil.  Bake for 40-60 min on 375 degrees, checking for how soft  you like them.

Keep well and eat well.

Posted in Blog, Gluten Free, Recipes, Vegetarian/Vegan on October 11, 2012.

2 Responses

  1. Yum! I love hummus! I usually roast garlic by lopping off the top of a head of garlic, drizzling olive oil inside the cut end, and standing it on its base in a baking pan. When the head is roasted, each clove easily squeezes out. Thanks for sharing your method, and I look forward to reading more of your blog! :)

    • Elizabeth says:

      Another great way to roast garlic. In my world a meal wouldn’t be a meal without garlic. Thanks Elizabeth for checking out my blog and for you comment.

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