Zesty Lemon Hummus
Hummus is not only incredibly delicious but also a fantastic choice for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Packed with wholesome ingredients, it offers a myriad of health benefits. Chickpeas, the star ingredient in hummus, are an excellent source of plant-based protein and fiber, promoting satiety and aiding in digestion. Tahini, made from sesame seeds, provides essential minerals like calcium and iron, which are vital for bone health and oxygen transport. Additionally, the use of olive oil in hummus adds heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, while garlic offers immune-boosting properties. The combination of these nutritious components makes hummus a versatile and nutrient-dense option, perfect for dipping crisp veggies or spreading on whole grain crackers. Indulging in hummus allows you to savor a tasty snack while nourishing your body with essential nutrients, making it a guilt-free pleasure that supports your overall well-being.
- 1 can (15 ounces) of chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
- 3 tablespoons of tahini (sesame seed paste)
- 3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
- Salt to taste
- Water (as needed for desired consistency)
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Chopped fresh parsley
1. In a food processor or blender, combine the chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, cumin, and a pinch of salt.
2. Blend the mixture until smooth. If the hummus is too thick, you can add water, a tablespoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency.
3. Taste the hummus and add more salt if needed. You can also adjust the lemon juice, garlic, or cumin according to your preference.
4. Once the hummus is smooth and well-seasoned, transfer it to a serving bowl.
5. If desired, drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil on top and sprinkle with paprika and chopped fresh parsley for added flavor and presentation.
6. Serve the homemade hummus with fresh vegetables, pita bread, or your favorite crackers.
Enjoy your delicious and healthy homemade hummus!