Yeah, that statement probably did deserve some facepalm-age. I was just so happy with how pretty my hummus looked!
Hummus is good with oodles of different things! Vedgies, chips, bread...you really can't go wrong! I even tried pairing it with apple slices once -- and it was pretty darn delicious. Don't judge me. ;D
This stuff is a heck of a lot healthier than your average bean dip, too. It's a great source of protein, as well as unsaturated fat (you know, the healthy kind of fat? Yes, there is such thing as healthy fat, and everyone needs it) -- if you decide to use oil. The batch pictured was oil-free, but you can easily sub olive oil for the water. Of course, the Calorie count will increase a bit. I've even tried wok oil before, and it was pretty rad. However, unless you're a hardcore garlic fan like me, you'd probably be better off with the olive oil!
"It's like Christmas!" Hummus
1 can / 16oz chick peas
1/4 c oil or water (I just save 1/4 of the, um...pea water?...from the can. Pea water...haha, that sounds pretty grody) (oh, and using water will make the hummus just a tad soggier! So it would be more of a dip than a spread)
1/2 of a medium-sized red bell pepper, chopped (obviously, you could use a yellow or orange pepper, but then it would be like Christmas now, would it?)
1/4 c fresh cilantro
2 tbsp cumin
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup onion, chopped
[You can skimp on these last two ingredients if you're LAME / not a garlic&onion fan]
...And a bit of oil for sautéing
Start out by sautéing the garlic, onion, and pepper. After a few minutes, drain your chick peas (saving some of the water, if needed) and dump those in. Stir for a few more minutes (yeah, I'm definitely not the most precise when it comes to recipes -- the amounts for all the ingredients listed above are all approximations. Heh heh) and then pour into your blender / food processor. In posts to come, you'll see why I love the hell out of my food processor. ;D Add water and cumin. Last of all, add the cilantro. Then blend until you see the flecks!
1/4 cup hummus (sans oil) = ~50 Calories.
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