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Happy-Hour Hummus

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Hello everyone and Happy New Year! Now that the holidays are out of the way, it’s time to place our focus on extra healthy eating. Whether you need to lose weight or maintain it, this week’s snack recipes are just for you! Today’s recipe feature is Happy-Hour Hummus. Fantastic and filling chickpeas mix with six other ingredients to create a wonderful snack. Serve with a generous dose of fresh vegetables and you’ll be on your way to a better you. Healthy and joyous eating!

Happy-Hour Hummus (Recipe courtesy Amanda Haas)

Ingredients:

  • 5 tablespoons water
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup Tahini (roasted sesame seed paste)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Two (15-ounce) cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon paprika (optional)
  • Fresh chopped flat-leaf parsley (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted (optional)

Preparation:

Place first 7 ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth, scraping sides as necessary. Spoon hummus into a bowl. Sprinkle with paprika, parsley, and pine nuts, if desired. Serve with bite-sized fresh vegetables (carrots, radishes, broccoli, and cucumber).

Yield = 13 ¼ cup servings.

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