Homemade Hummus

Okay, so to say that I love hummus would not be an overstatement. I eat it practically every single day for lunch. But I really don’t like store bought hummus, at all! I like to get traditional hummus from Mediterranean restaurants, and I also found that Mellow Mushroom has some awesome hummus when I was eating there with my husband and wanted to stick to eating healthy. A couple of years ago I wanted to try to make my own hummus to see if I could capture the taste of the more traditional versions, and it worked! After many different tries, I finally found my favorite recipe and here it is:

3 cans garbanzo beans (rinsed and drained)
Juice of 2 fresh squeezed lemons
2 large garlic cloves
1/2 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/8 tsp. Cayenne 
3/4 tsp. Ground Cumin
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1/2 – 1 cup of water
Paprika and parsley to finish it off
In a blender or food processor, start by adding only 1/2 cup of water, then add the rest of the ingredients and puree. Add more water as needed for desired consistency. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley and there you have it! I also add ingredients like roasted red peppers or sun-dried tomatoes when I want a variation of the original.  Just cut up some carrots sticks or a red bell pepper for dipping and lunch is served!

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