by Rachel on July 19, 2013

Hummus and Pita Bread

I saw a news story the other day that farmers in the American south who used to grow tobacco are switching to chickpeas because of America’s increasing demand for hummus. This is clearly a cause for celebration. We’re trading smoking for hummus and pita bread? No way. I can hardly believe it. I’m certain that 99% of the hummus Americans eat is purchased ready made at the store. They probably don’t even know it’s made with garbanzo beans. Anyway, if you feel like making your own hummus it’s truly SO EASY, tastes great and costs about half of buying prepared hummus in the store.

Hummus (makes 1 ½ cups)

  • 2 cloves raw garlic
  • One can chickpeas (garbanzo beans) rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup tahini (make sure to STIR it really well)
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

Place all of the ingredients in your food processor and process until smooth. You’ll need to take the top off a couple of times and scrape down the sides. Taste for salt. Serve with pita bread, or cut up carrots. Hummus and veggies makes a great school lunch for kids. If you haven’t tried it, you should.

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