Looking for a delicious and healthy snack or side item at dinner? Hummus is a great choice and is made with chickpeas or Garbanzo beans, which are one of the most nutritious of all the legumes, high in calcium, phosphorus and potassium. They have exceptionally high iron and Vitamin C content and contain B complex as well. Like all pulses, they are rich in essential fatty acids however quite a bit higher in Omega-6 compared to Omega-3, therefore I added flax oil to give more of a balance in the recipe below. More about essential fatty acid balance can be found in my book The Skinny on Fats.
1 can Chick Peas, drained (I use Eden BPA-free cans)
3- 4 cloves Garlic
3 Tbsp Tahini (I use Raw Organic Maranatha)
¼ C Lemon Juice
½ Tbsp Cumin
⅛ tsp Celtic Sea Salt
1 Tbsp Flax oil (I use Barlean’s)
Cayenne pepper (add to taste)
Put chick peas in food processor with the S-blade and process until smooth. Then add the rest of the ingredients and process until well mixed and smooth. To serve: In bowl, pour 1 Tbsp olive oil over top, sprinkle with paprika, add Kalamata olives and parsley. Serve with fresh chopped vegetables such as carrots, celery, bell peppers, broccoli, cucumbers, etc.