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May 8, 2013

Lemon Sesame and Garlic Dip

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.–


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.

Transfer the mixture to a medium serving bowl. Garnish in the middle with reserved garbanzo beans. Sprinkle orange and lemon peel around the beans. Chill in the refrigerator, tightly covered, until ready to serve.

Yields 3 1/2 cups.

MF&L Staff at Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine.


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