Food & Drink

Hummus

Basic hummus

2 cups drained canned chickpeas, rinsed well and drained

3 cloves garlic, chopped

3 tablespoons tahini

3 ice cubes

Juice of 1 lemon

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon hot sauce

Salt, to taste

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Makes 8 servings.

Place chickpeas, garlic, tahini, ice cubes, lemon juice, cumin, hot sauce and salt in a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Process until the mixture begins to become smooth. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil through the feed tube until the mixture is creamy and smooth.

Nutritional information per serving: 165 calories, 58 percent calories from fat, 11 grams total fat, 1 gram saturated fat, no cholesterol, 13 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams total fiber, .61 gram total sugars, 11 grams net carbs, 5 grams protein, 25 milligrams sodium.

Jalape–o and Scallion Hummus Variation: Add 1 seeded chopped jalapeno and 2 chopped scallions to the mixture before processing. Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional information per serving: 166 calories, 57 percent calories from fat, 11 grams total fat, 1 gram saturated fat, no cholesterol, 14 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams total fiber, .75 gram total sugars, 11 grams net carbs, 5 grams protein, 26 milligrams sodium.

Kalamata Olive Hummus Variation: Add 1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives to the mixture before processing. Or for a chunkier version, add the olives during the last 30 seconds of processing. Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional information per serving: 169 calories, 58 percent calories from fat, 11 grams total fat, 1 gram saturated fat, no cholesterol, 14 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams total fiber, .61 gram total sugars, 11 grams net carbs, 5 grams protein, 62 milligrams sodium.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Variation: Add 1/2 cup jarred roasted red pepper, drained very well, plus 1 teaspoon paprika to the mixture before processing. Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional information per serving: 170 calories, 56 percent calories from fat, 11 grams total fat, 1 gram saturated fat, no cholesterol, 15 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams total fiber, 1 gram total sugars, 12 grams net carbs, 5 grams protein, 38 milligrams sodium.

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