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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Successful Recipe for Success with Recipe

First snow fall of the season.

What better time to post a fun, fast recipe? A recipe that fosters creativity? Because it's amendable to amendments.

Hummus: Version 1:

1 can garbanzos (chick peas)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste.
Drain can of garbanzos. Process with all ingredients until smooth. Eat.

This is the simplest version of hummus I know. It's tasty and versatile: use as a spread or condiment on bread, crackers or chips.

The more traditional version of Hummus:

1 can garbanzos
1 tablespoon tahini
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice
pepper and salt to taste

Drain can of garbanzos. Process with all ingredients until smooth. Eat. It's the tahini that gives the hummus its traditional flavor in this recipe.

Now for the fun: ENDLESS VARIATIONS WITH THIS FORGIVING BEAN SPREAD!

Here's a few:
Peanut butter (smooth, unsweetened) instead of the tahini or olive oil.
Real butter instead (very creamy).
3 tablespoons nutritious yeast.
Add parsley, dried or fresh.
Add sesame seeds.
Add half a cup of chopped green onion before processing.
Add cumin.
Add sour cream.
Add Mexican seasoning.
Italian seasoning.
Curry spice.
Use white beans instead of chick peas.

Okay, I could go on. And on. And on. I can attest that all these variations are quite tasty.

Readers, put your creative caps on--what variations can you think of? Hmm?






5 comments:

Kathy McIntosh said...

I can't wait to try these; I knew the basics but loved all your variations!

Conda said...

Thanks, Kathy--and you can mix and match the seasonings as well--the sour cream and the Mexican seasoning together, maybe with bits of cheddar cheese added in, for example.

Kathy McIntosh said...

Why no suggestion of garlic? That's one of my favorite additives, to nearly everything except pumpkin pie.

Conda said...

Thanks, Kathy--hummus is great with garlic, yummy!

Conda said...

All--I just remembered yet another great use for hummus: It makes a great, healthy, soup base--creamy!