February Recipe of the Month: Homemade Hummus!

2 (15 oz) cans of chickpeas, strained and rinsed
½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
Juice of ½ lemon
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
Salt and pepper to taste (about 1 tsp)
½ tsp of Tahini or dark sesame seed oil
½ tsp of cumin
¼ cup of water
Paprika, olive oil, and mint leaves for garnish

Place all ingredients (except the garnish) in a blender, process until smooth, and top with garnish and serve. Serve with veggies or pitas! Yields 2 cups

Dr. Schmidt tip: You can flavor this hummus however you would like! Get creative. I’ve added roasted red pepper and blended it. I’ve sautéed garlic in olive oil and added it in to make a garlic flavor. You can chop of olives and do a tapenade style. There are lots of ways to make it interesting! It doesn’t just have to be a snack either, try using hummus as a spread on sandwiches, wraps, or pita pockets.

Health fact: Chickpeas are high in protein, fiber, and vitamins making them a heart healthy snack!

Fun fact: Chickpeas are called many different names throughout the world. Here they are commonly known as garbanzo beans


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