hummusLooking for a delicious and healthy snack or summer party dish?  Homemade hummus is a fantastic 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.

Hummus Recipe
1               can organic garbanzo beans a.k.a chick peas, drained
(I use Eden BPA-free cans or can use fresh and cook them first)
3- 4         cloves organic garlic
3 Tbsp    organic, raw tahini
¼ C        organic fresh squeezed Lemon Juice
½ Tbsp  cumin
⅛ tsp     Celtic Sea Salt
1 Tbsp    flax oil (I use Barlean’s in dark container!)
Cayenne pepper (add to taste)

Put garbanzo beans/chick peas in food processor until beginning to break up and get smooth. Then add the rest of the ingredients and process until well mixed and smooth.

To serve: In bowl, pour 1 Tbsp extra virgin 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.

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