Sunday, August 28, 2016

Easy Homemade Roasted Garlic Hummus

Hummus is delicious and so easy to make that I promise you'll never go back to buying pre-made stuff at the store again!

There are only a few ingredients involved, and it is quick and simple to put together.

I just made a batch of roasted garlic hummus for the kids' lunches for the week. It's super easy to double or triple the recipe too, depending on how much you plan on eating.

Easy Homemade Roasted Garlic Hummus
- 15 ounce can garbanzo beans/chickpeas, drained with fluid reserved
- 1/4 cup tahini, stir well before using
- juice of approximately 2 lemons
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (can use prepared - use about 2 tsp)
- salt and pepper
- sesame seeds

Drain garbanzo beans and reserve the fluid. Run the drained beans through a blender or food processor, adding a bit of the reserved fluid to break down all the beans.

Saute garlic in the olive oil for a few minutes until fragrant.

Add processed beans, olive oil and garlic, tahini, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Stir together, adding reserved fluid as desired until the consistency is what you would like. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Serve with cut veggies or crackers (or pretty much anything you'd want to dip in hummus). If you don't eat it all at once, store in the fridge.

Easy Variations:
- You can omit the garlic. If you do, reduce the olive oil to 1 tbsp and add it directly to the mixture.
- Roasted red peppers - either using fresh roasted and peeled peppers or drained jarred peppers, run 1/2 of the peppers through the processor or blender with the beans. Mince another 1/4 cup and sprinkle on top.
- Olives can be added to the mixture in the processor and sprinkled on top.

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