Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Hummus anyone?

I know, this isn't a very appetizing picture of the hummus, but it really was good. If you haven't tried hummus, you should. It is loaded with fiber and if it doesn't have too much oil in it, it's pretty low fat. You can eat hummus with pita chips, homemade or store bought, or with veggies. I bought these pita chips at Costco, but evidently they sell them at the Good Earth too. This recipe has you make your own pita chips, but I haven't tried that part of the recipe...seems too expensive. You can add more water, or liquid from the beans until you reach your desired consistency. You definitely have to process or blend this for a minute or more for it to be smooth. I added more garlic and more sun dried tomatoes because I liked the flavor. I LOVED this with cucumber slices! I also got this recipe from cookinglight.com. If you don't try the hummus, try the pita chips, they are addicting!

Garlic and Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

Cooking spray
2 (6-inch) pitas, each cut into 10 wedges
1/4 cup water 2 tablespoons chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomato halves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1-2 garlic cloves
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained

Preheat oven to 425°. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place pita wedges on pan, and coat with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 6 minutes or until golden.
Combine water, tomato, salt, pepper, garlic, and beans in a food processor, and process until smooth. Serve with pita wedges.
Yield 5 servings (serving size: 1/4 cup hummus and 4 pita wedges)

Nutritional Information
CALORIES 175(9% from fat); FAT 1.7g (sat 0.2g,mono 0.5g,poly 0.6g); IRON 1.9mg; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; CALCIUM 52mg; CARBOHYDRATE 33.7g; SODIUM 623mg; PROTEIN 6.6g; FIBER 4.5g

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