Make Your Own Tasty, Simple Hummus

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I just recently made my own hummus for the first time.  Prior to that, I bought tub upon tub of the store-bought processed stuff, assuming there was no other easy option.  Then a cousin of mine explained to me how simple it is to make your own, and I felt a little stupid for never trying this before.  I never even thought about it! 

If you’re a hummus-lover like me, consider making it yourself.  It is so much fresher, less expensive, so easy, and, of course, healthy.  Pair it with your favorite veggies or spread it on a sandwich.  It’s a great last-minute party food.  It really is worth the extra few minutes.  And that’s literally all it takes–a few minutes. 

You just need a food processor, a can or two of chick peas, and a couple of other ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.  I don’t use measurements or put tahini in it, and it still comes out great.  I’m totally hooked.  Here’s what I do to make a large basic batch of the stuff, but you can add whatever you like–whether that’s roasted peppers, spinach, herbs, spices, etc. 

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2 cans organic chick peas

the juice of 1 lemon, or more if desired (can add zest also)

olive oil, to taste

garlic or garlic powder, to taste

salt and pepper, to taste

Blend in a food processor and…voila.  If it’s too dry, add small amounts of water until it reaches the desired consistency.

I used ground-up garlic scapes (the “flower stalks” of hardneck garlic plants) that my mom gave me, in my latest batch.  Very tasty!  It gives your hummus some pretty green color, while also adding a nice garlic taste. 

 

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