Who doesn’t love hummus? There are a lot of recipes with garbonzo beans and Tahini Paste. I think these are okay, but I really like the fresh taste of using different kinds of beans with a variety of herbs and spices for flavor. Avocado might be my new favorite addition to hummus. It adds a delicious flavor and creamy smoothness. Yummy.
If you like store bought, you will LOVE the versatility and fresh flavor of home made hummus. It has good protein, healthy fat and fiber. I make it about once a week and take it for lunch on a whole grain tortilla or with crudites. I change it up constantly using different beans, herbs and spices so I don’t get bored! This week I included fresh basil and parsley with the Northern Beans and cilantro, lime juice and chili poweder with Black Beans. They tasted like Spring!
Great Northern Bean OR Black Bean Hummus (6 servings)
1 Can Great Northern Beans OR 1 Can Black Beans
2T Garlic, chopped
2-3 T Olive Oil
Salt, Pepper, Chili Powder, Paprika
1. RInse beans well in a colander. (This prevents much of the GI distress some people believe are a result of eating beans.)
2. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. It takes longer than you think to get it really smooth.
Nutritional Info (Great Northern Beans): Calories: 96, Protein: 4gm, Fat: 5gm, Carbs: 10, Sodium: 390, Fiber: 3gm
Nutritional Info (Black Beans): Calories: 122, Protein: 4gm, Fat: 5gm, Carbs: 12, Sodium: 375, Fiber: 4gm
Please give them a try and let me know what you think!