Making your own hummus and Life is good!

Hummus Recipe
This is so yummy and good for you too. No oil just plain old hummus goodness. We eat ours as salad dressing, with crackers or chips, sandwich spread or in a wrap sandwich. The possibilities are endless. You will want to always have a batch on hand in your refrigerator.
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Ingredients
  1. one can garbanzo beans 15 1/2 oz can or one cup dry garbanzo beans
  2. 1 teaspoon baking soda (if you cook beans from dry)
  3. 1 teaspoon epazote(if you cook beans from dry)
  4. 1/8 to 1/4 cup ground hulled sesame seeds or tahini
  5. one small onion peeled ,and cut into quarters
  6. 5 cloves of garlic peeled
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
  8. 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  9. 1 1/2 tablespoons of soy sauce or braggs liquid aminos
  10. 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar or some of both
  11. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  12. 1 teaspoon salt
Directions
  1. 1 cup of garbanzo beans soaked overnight
  2. drain and rinse beans then saute the beans in a dry pan with the baking soda for three minutes. Put the beans with epazote into your pressure cooker or a pot and cook until tender. The soaked beans will take about eleven minutes to cook in a pressure cooker. On the stove about 1 1/2 hours
  3. Let the cooker release naturally
.If you use canned beans begin here
  1. Drain the beans reserving some of the liquid in case you need it to make the hummus thinner. Put your sesame seeds into the food processor and blend till the seeds become a paste. This will take 3-5 minutes or add 1/8 to 1/4 cup of tahini .Then add the rest of your ingredients to the processor and blend for about 6 minutes stirring occasionally to make sure all of the ingredients get blended. Put completed hummus into storage container to chill for an hour or so before eating to meld the flavors. You can garnish the hummus with blended roasted red peppers combined with sirache sauce,roasted garlic paste or herbs and toasted pine nuts.
Notes
  1. Make the hummus your own by adding other spices to the bean. You also can add a different pepper instead of the jalapeno or use a dried chili powder.Lime also makes an interesting flavor instead of lemon and add cilantro ,top with chopped sun-dried tomatoes (rehydrated)
Adapted from How it all Vegan
Adapted from How it all Vegan
Caren's Notebook http://www.carensnotebook.com/

In doing my campaign against me using so much plastic I will now follow up with my recipe for Hummus. It is made from scratch all the way. I am sure using canned beans and store bought  tahini would  certainly make the whole process easier. Me being just that , me I go all the way to save the most money too. You can make changes as you choose by adding  or deleting spices, different beans,lime versus lemon juice and cilantro versus parsley. Hummus is a healthy and very yummy snack. The calories are way lower with this version as there is no added oils. Most of the store brands include lot s of oils to achieve that creamy texture. Use this as a dip, thinned for a  salad dressing ,inside of a wrap or sandwich filling, the ideas are endless, the choice is yours. Hope you enjoy this and at some point try your hand at making your own batch of hummus too. Oh and yes this is not just for old hippies either.

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