Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Homemade Hummus

Well, this week continues with a completely original hummus recipe. That's right folks, you no longer have to go to the store and purchase a measly container for $3.50/ 4 ounces. I used a bag of dried chick peas which, disclaimer, is more time consuming than if you just purchased a few cans and tossed them into a food processor. Either way, making your own hummus is much more economically efficient and I venture to say, even more delicious.

I hope that those of you who are doing the beans and rice fast are staying strong! Quite honestly, it hasn't been a difficult task as of yet. But then again, it's only a few days in. And I hear that those who are experiencing withdraw are at the peak 5 days in.

Alright folks, here is another bean recipe! This one serves like 15 - 20 people, depending on how hefty the servings are...so soak, blend, and enjoy!

Ingredients
1 bag dried garbanzo beans
4 cloves garlic
3 tbs extra virgin olive oil
juice from 1 large lemon
2 tbs Tahini (sesame seed paste) found in all middle eastern stores and international sections of the grocery store
3/4 cup water from the boiling beans
salt to taste

Steps
1. Soak beans for at least 8 -10 hours
2. Fill a large pot with water filled about 2 inches above the rinsed beans, bring to a boil and cook for at least      30 minutes on medium heat
3. Once beans are softer but still have a small bite, drain the boiling water and toss in a food processor. If you do not have a food processor, use a hand food processor, and if you do not have that... then you did all this work for nothing. I'd say your best bet is to bring the beans back to a boil and cook for double the amount of time and then blend them with a mixer, or go out and buy the expensive/less delicious prepackaged stuff.
4. Add the rest of the ingredients into the processor and continue blending. Be sure to add the liquids at a slow pace
5. Serve drizzled with olive oil alongside pita chips or bread, and enjoy!






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