Hummus Dip

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Hummus? More like, hum-Mmmm-mus! This middle eastern dip/spread made out of a chickpeas has been my all-time favorite dish since i first had it at a Jewish Deli called "Too Jays" in Stuart, FL. I'm pretty certain it's the most perfect food ever because; it's mad healthy and the flavor is irresistible. Can be a flavorsome addition to many meals, a great substitute for meat,  as well as, a wonderful healthy snack when your sitting on your butt.


Ingredients
1-2 cloves garlic
1 can cooked chickpeas (drained)
1/8 cup lemon juice (or juice from 1/3 lemon)
liquid from can of beans or h2o
1 tbsp. tahini (sesame paste)
1/4 tsp. cummin
1/4 tsp. paprika
dash cayenne
a few springs of parsley
extra virgin olive oil
sumac (optional)
salt to taste
 
Directions
1. Mince garlic to your best ability and put into blender/food processor.
2. Add chickpeas, lemon-juice, and begin blending.
3. Start adding chickpea liquid little by little into mixture while blending (you'll notice this helps the chickpeas process) You don't want the consistency to be gritty and dry and you definatly don't want it to be liquidity. You want it to be a smooth and moist.
4. As you continue processing add tahini, cummin, paprika, cayenne, and salt.
5. When all is blended at desired consistency; spoon out into a bowl, place a dollop of olive oil in the center (like a volcano, sprinkle a lil sumac (or paprika) on top, and garnish with some parley.
6. Before digging in, let your  hummus sit for just a bit. This allows the flavors to mingle, making your hummus more flavorlicious!

 
Notes:

Whether you use a food processor, zester, or just a plain old knife, try to get your garlic as finely minced as possible. This will ensure a well blended flavor and a more even consistency. 


Dip celery, carrots, crackers, nan, or pita bread!

Don't hesitate to add other flavors to your hummus, i usually do roasted garlic, but cilantro, roasted red peppers, and allspice are great alternate flavors to enjoy!

You may have to go out of your way to an Indian Grocer to find sumac. If it's not in reach, paprika can be great substitute.



Categories:
Meal   SnackCuisine   Middle Eastern
Dish   AppetizerMain Ingredient   Beans/Legumes
Prep Time   15 to 30 minutes 
Features   Dairy-Free, Diabetic-Friendly, High-Fiber, Low-Calorie, Low-Carbohydrate, Low-Fat, Low-Sodium, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wheat/Gluten-Free




The Chicken

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