This classic Mediterranean dish is packed with healthy nutrients. Chickpeas are a great source of complex carbohydrates, fiber and protein. Tahini, a paste made from sesame seeds, is rich in minerals, vitamin E, healthy fats, and amino acids. Hummus is also a good source of iron, vitamin C, folate and vitamin B6. It has a low glycemic index, so it helps keep blood sugar and insulin levels stable. Hummus is also high in fiber, so it can help keep cholesterol levels in check.
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
Juice (and zest, if desired) from 1 large lemon
1/4 cup water
15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons tahini (stir to remix any natural oils that may have separated)
salt and pepper, to taste
Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth, scraping the sides occasionally.
Makes approximately 1 1/2 cups.