Sunday, February 7, 2010

Healthy Hummus

Hummus in general is a pretty good choice as far as snacking goes but how about a hummus that is only 33 calories per serving while still being incredibly flavorful?  Combine that with a high fiber, black bean base and you've got quite the protein powerhouse.  Check it out for yourself...

Black Bean Hummus

1 clove garlic
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drain and reserve liquid
2 Tbls. lemon juice
1 1/2 Tbls. tahini
3/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. paprika
10 Greek olives (optional, for garnish)

Mince garlic in food processor.  Add black beans, 2 Tbls. reserved liquid, lemon juice, tahini, cumin, salt, paprika and cayenne pepper.  Process until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.  Add additional seasoning and liquid as needed to taste.  Garnish with Greek olives, if desired.  Serve with pita chips or crackers.

Tahini can be hard to find...take a look at your local grocer near the artichokes.  When in doubt, ask if they carry it or check out a specialty food store.  This dip is super easy to make a double batch if you're expecting a big crowd.  Perhaps those of you looking for a last minute Superbowl snack will whip some up.  Enjoy!

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