This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Bush's Beans. The opinions are mine, and the recipe is as well... but I'm sharing it with you! (You're Welcome!)
If you would have asked me 20 years ago what the perfect snack food was, I probably would have answered, "a bag of Doritos and a Mountain Dew."
I'm obviously admitting that I didn't always eat the healthiest. It wasn't that I was unaware of what good food was. Growing up on a farm, we always ate well, with the 5 food-groups all represented correctly (thanks Mom!). In my twenties I still followed the 5 food groups. The difference was I found that due to time constraints in my schedule, or just plain laziness, the food groups I picked from tended to be:
- and Soda.
It wasn't until my early thirties that I really started focusing on how to start eating better again. That's also when I found a food that was not only good for me, but tasted great too!
Just like the making of this incredible dip / spread is as easy as tossing some ingredients in a food processor and mixing, I tossed together 9 awesome facts about hummus for you, and below that you'll find my recipe for Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.
Many regions around the world claim to be the place where hummus originated. The fact is, that because hummus has been around for so long, and in so many different variations, the exact origin has been lost in antiquity. Several cuisine-related sources speak of a folklore tale in which hummus is described as one of the oldest known prepared foods.
One cup of chick peas (the main ingredient in hummus) contains 200 calories and only one gram of fat!
Hummus is high in iron and vitаmin C, and has beneficial amounts of both vitamin B6 and folate. It is also a good source of protein, fiber and potassium.
For smoother hummus, peel the skin off of the cooked chick peas.
Like the health benefits, but tired of the same old taste? Spice it up a little! Here's some cool options:
- Roasted Red Peppers (see recipe below!)
- Sun Dried Tomatoes
- Black Olives
- Roasted Artichokes
Think it's a great dip? It's an even better spread! Use it on sandwiches for extra flavor instead of mayonnaise! A friend of mine, who's a vegetarian, uses it in vegetable pitas as an excellent source of protein!
Garbanzo Beans, and chick peas are really the same thing, but garbanzo is much more fun to say!
Does fresh garlic add too much spice? Roast your garlic first!
Hummus is an aphrodisiac! Chick peas (the main ingredient in hummus) are bursting with arginine, an amino acid that increases blood circulation! If you're looking for ways to spice up your love life, feeding your partner a bowl of hummus might be the way to go. And if you get shot down? Well, you can always grab a bag of pita chips and eat your feelings.
- Prep Time: 20m
- Total Time: 20m
- Serves: 24
- 32 ounces Bush's Garbanzo Beans (2 - 16oz cans)
- 3/4 cup Roasted Red Peppers
- 1/3 cup Tahini Paste
- 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Fresh Garlic
- 3/4 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt (to taste)
- Empty the beans into a colander, drain, and rinse in cold water.
- If desired - carefully remove husks from the beans. This will make sure the finished result is of a smooth texture.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor.
- Blend thoroughly until desired consistency is achieved.
- Put the finished hummus in a bowl, and serve with your favorite raw vegetables, pita bread, or use as a spread for sandwiches.
- Try to save a little for everyone else. 🙂