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Ease of Preparation: Easy

Preparation Time: 5 min

Servings: Makes 1 3/4 cups

Recipe By: Janet Taylor

From:  The Healthy Southwest Table
Used with permission of Rio Nuevo Publishers

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Basic Hummus

Hummus is a traditional dish in Greece, many other Mediterranean countries, parts of the Middle East, and in India. Garbanzo beans are a good source of folate (folic acid) and contain a good amount of fiber-both are heart healthy. The sesamin in sesame seeds has been found to lower inflammation and cholesterol.

1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans, drained (reserve broth)
1 to 2 tablespoons organic raw tahini (sesame seed paste)
3 tablespoons lemon juice, adjust to taste
1 to 2  large garlic cloves, adjust to taste
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
 salt to taste
Place all the ingredients in a blender until smooth, adjusting the lemon juice and garlic to taste. A little of the reserved bean broth may need to be added to achieve the desired consistency.
Chef Suggestions
Serve with a tray of colorful raw vegetables, such as broccoli, summer squash, peppers, cauliflower, carrots or cherry tomatoes.
Nutrition Facts
As prepared, each serving contains 31 calories, 1g total fat, 4g total carbohydrate and 1g protein.

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