super-easy (and cheap!) hummus...

i love hummus and it's a healthy snack with some protein.  but i don't love buying hummus...so i decided to make it.  found what seemed like a good recipe and went shopping in search of tahini paste or sesame seed paste.  walmart = nada.  publix + advice of friend on which aisle = score!  however...i was not expecting the $6-$8 price range...  now i know i would get several uses out of it, but still....the chickpeas were only $0.54 a can!  so...i went home w/o tahini...  and promptly found and made this recipe.  click here for printable version.

2 cans (15oz) garbanzo beans (chickpeas) drained, liquid reserved
4 cloves garlic, crushed (i was lazy and used garlic powder)
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
2 tbsp. olive oil

in a blender or food processor, combine garbanzo beans, garlic, cumin, salt, and olive oil.  blend on low speed, gradually adding reserved bean liquid until desired consistency is achieved.

so yeah...that's it.  pretty simple, eh?  and the grand total...$1.08 + spices.  BOO. YAH. :-)

it was better after sitting overnight, so make it a day ahead.  recipe adapted from THIS recipe at allrecipes.com.


brite said...

I use a recipe that was always called "Ashley's hummus" until she told us it was from the South Beach diet cookbook! It is very similar to your recipe, except that it calls for tahini as well. I stopped buying that a while ago,and throw in a handful of cashews and a Tablespoon of olive oil. But if you like the taste without it, it's really just an extra. I have a great black bean hummus recipe, if you are into black beans. Also great protein! You should check out The Nourishing Gourmet- I'm taking part in her 10 day Produce and Protein Challenge: http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2011/08/the-10-day-produce-and-protein-challenge.html
I eat that way already, but could use the encouragement to eat more veggies!

amanda said...

would LOVE the black bean hummus recipe! thanks!!

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