For anyone who doesn’t like to eat meat every day, legumes are a great source of plant protein. Serve this hummus with rice crackers or fresh veggie slices for a healthy snack. For a light lunch, stuff in pita bread with baby spinach leaves. For a zesty, enticing dip, puree guacamole into the mixture.–wholeliving.com
Lemon, Sesame, and Garlic Dip
1-3 garlic, peeled and crushed
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons white sesame seeds, toasted
2 Tablespoons tahini
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained, liquid reserved
1 Tablespoon orange peel, minced
Salt and white pepper, to taste
1 1/2 Tablespoons lemon peel, minced
In a blender or food processor, combine garlic, olive oil, sesame seeds, tahini, lemon juice, and garbanzo beans (reserve about a tablespoon of beans for garnish). Blend, adding reserved garbanzo-bean liquid if needed until hummus reaches desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.
Yields 3 1/2 cups.
MF&L Staff at Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine.