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Hummus: How Healthy Is It?

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4. Hummus + salsa = a spicy dip. Spice up plain hummus by blending in your favorite salsa. With about 20 seconds of mixing, a spicy dip is born.

5. Hummus is for hamburgers. Use hummus as a spread for veggie, turkey, or beef burgers in place of traditional condiments like mayonnaise, ketchup, barbecue sauce, or mustard.

6. Make a better bruschetta with hummus. For a more satisfying serving of bruschetta (an Italian appetizer of grilled sliced bread traditionally topped with a mixture of chopped tomato, garlic, olive oil, onion, and basil), top a sliced toasted baguette with some hummus before adding a dollop of the tomato bruschetta topping.

7. Hummus is easier to make than you may think. Just combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse for a minute. It keeps in the refrigerator for several days.

8. Serve hummus with whole grains. Hummus works well as an appetizer served with whole grain crackers and crisps. Toasted whole wheat pita pocket crisps or grilled whole grain tortilla triangles are ideal but whole wheat crackers complement the flavor of hummus, too.

9. Spread hummus instead of cream cheese. Try hummus on your whole grain bagel instead of cream cheese.

10. Hummus is a friend of falafel. If you are a fan of falafel (fried or baked crispy balls made with chickpeas, bulgur, and spices), hummus is a nice condiment for falafel served as an appetizer or as a filler in a pita sandwich.

Hummus Recipe: How to Make Roasted Garlic and Red Pepper Hummus

Once the garlic is roasted, you are just three minutes away from a savory homemade hummus. If you want to save some time, roasted garlic can often be purchased at some markets and supermarkets. Serve hummus with toasted whole wheat pita pocket triangles, whole grain crackers, raw vegetables or use hummus as a spread with sandwiches or wraps.


1 small head of garlic (or 1/2 of a large head)

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

15.5-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained

1/3 cup roasted red pepper (drained well if from jar), firmly packed

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 1/2 tablespoons tahini (Tehina)

1/16th teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


1. To roast head of garlic, preheat oven or toaster oven to 425-degrees. With a serrated knife, cut 1/4-inch off the top of the garlic head. Place head on a sheet of foil then drizzle olive oil over the top. Wrap head in foil well and bake in oven until garlic is golden (about 45-60 minutes). Squeeze garlic cloves out, leaving the skins to discard.

2. In food processor bowl, combine roasted garlic cloves, garbanzo beans, roasted red pepper, lemon juice, tahini, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and process until smooth.

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