hummus is the perfect frugal snack because it's not only cheap – it's healthy, too! Garbanzo beans are loaded with inexpensive, lean protein. This is a good basic recipe. You can adjust as you like it, adding roasted red peppers, more or less garlic, or playing with my personal favorite – cumin.
- 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained; reserve 1/2 C. liquid
- 1/4 C. tahini (sesame paste, found in the organic aisle of most grocery stores)
- 1/4 C. lemon juice
- 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1/4 C. fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
Puree all ingredients using a stick blender or food processor. Variation: omit cumin and cilantro and add 1/4 C. roasted red peppers. Serve as a spread or with pita chips.