(Tastes like Roasted) Garlic Hummus
I love hummus, would eat it everyday if I could… but I can’t! Yes, hummus is a chickpea spread with natural fats and oils and yes it is high in protein but it’s not a light, diet food. It was so sad; one day I was talking to a girl I know and we were talking about what we were eating for lunch that day; I had the usual sandwich and salad and she brought veggies with hummus. She was so proud that she was eating low fat, healthy food until I broke the bad news to her; hummus is not low fat. I don’t think she likes me anymore.
Serves up to 8
2 Cloves garlic crushed
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 540 ml can chickpeas, rinsed and patted dry
1/2 Cup non-fat sour cream
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
* 1 tsp sesame oil *Optional
– In a microwave safe bowl combine the garlic and olive oil, then microwave at high heat for 15 seconds. Set aside and let cool.
– In a food processor (or blender) add the chickpeas, sour cream, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper and garlic oil. Pulse until the mixture is smooth and lump free.
– Transfer to a serving bowl and drizzle with the sesame oil (if using)*
1. Microwaving the garlic and the oil mellows the garlic and infuses the oil.
2. The sesame oil is optional because this dish has tons of flavour without it and sesame oil is really high in calories and fat.
3. Sesame oil is used here, if you choose, to add the traditional sesame flavour that has been taken out of this recipe because the tahini paste has been omitted. Tahini paste is called for in traditional hummus recipes and while it is amazing it accounts for over half of the calories and fat.
4. If you find the hummus is too dry add a little bit more of the fat free sour cream.