April 29, 2011

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus


I absolutely love hummus. I love spreading it on bread for sandwiches (and piling on the veggies!), it's great as a dip for veggies, tortilla chips, and pita chips. It's super nutritious too. A lot of people think that being Vegetarian is dangerous since you're not eating a complete protein (like animal meat), but to eat a complete protein, all you have to do is combine the protein from two different sources (either beans, seeds, grains, nuts, or legumes) and you've got yourself a complete protein! How easy is that, right? That's why Hummus is a really great food to have in your kitchen at all times! By combining the protein from the garbanzo beans and the protein from the tahini (which comes from sesame seeds), you're creating a healthy protein that doesn't include all the unhealthy fats and cholesterol!

I usually make my basic hummus, but I just happened to have a jar of roasted red peppers in my fridge that I needed to use up before they went bad. I played with the measurements of the oil and tahini and I great a nice thick hummus! It was so good, I'm definitely going to have to make this more often. Except next time I'm going to try and roast my own red bell peppers!

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas)
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup roasted red peppers
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


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Put all of the ingredients together in a food processor or blender and blend! It's that simple! If your hummus is to thick, just add more olive oil until it's the consistency you desire. If you think it's too thin, it will thicken up once it's refrigerated overnight, so don't worry!

Enjoy and Happy Eating! 

4 comments:

  1. This recipe looks super easy and delicious. I will have to try it today!! I had humus with grilled eggplant and it was deeeeleeeciiiious!

    Just a little clarification: To get complete protein you dont have even have to combine those foods in the same meal. So actually it's even easier than previously thought: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protein_combining

    :)

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