Cilantro Hummus

So this was successful, which makes me happy since 1. I have never even thought about making my own hummus before and 2. I am not that big of a hummus eater. I decided to do hummus for my lunches this week because I wanted to try to make pita’s (see the unsuccessful rise of the pitas here) and I am finding myself wanting sandwiches and I needed a mayo substitute. I love mayonnaise on sandwiches, who doesn’t if that is what you grew up with, but totally not vegan, nor healthy! So here I try.

I like the simplicity of hummus. Barely any ingredients so not a lot that can be messed up. This was also cheap to do-even if you had to buy every ingredient this would still be under three bucks to make. I just had to buy a can of garbanzo beans, a “bunch” of cilantro and 1 lime-just that for $1.62. I had the oil and garlic at home. Perfect!

So just a heads up. This did have the potential to go wrong. I have only the Cuisinart mini food processor and it can only hold one can of beans and nothing else, so I just put that and the 2 tablespoons oil in with it. Well you try chopping beans in a mini processor and see what you smell…cause burning motor is what I got.

None of the beans were chopped well, just crumbled, but I poured it out and used a spoon and mashed the beans into a paste like consistency, then chopped the rest of the ingredients in the processor. And yes, that being the true reason for the processor it chopped/mixed the cilantro and garlic perfectly.

I am not a big cilantro fan, but this did have a good flavor and did taste good on my pitas. Only thing is, and I don’t know if it was because of it not being totally pulled together in the processor, it was crumbly not smooth-more paste like then creamy. Not bad or anything but obviously not right. Next time I will use my blender.

          I say this was a success though because it was good. The flavors were a good combo together and I never would have thought to use cilantro instead of the normal roasted red pepper, so it was nice for a change to mix things up. And adding the requisite veggies onto my pita sandwich really made it great! I got the recipe from Vegetarian Times, where they had it in pita quesadillas-that is also where I thought up the bright idea to make my own pitas.

Cilantro Hummus, 6 servings

1/2 C Cilantro
1 15 oz can Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
2 Cloves Garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp  Lime Juice, or 1 lime
2 Tbsp Olive oil

1. Pour all ingredients into a large food processor or blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
2. Taste test to see if any spice is needed.
3. Spread on your favorite bread for a yummy, healthy sandwich.
Totals Per Serving:
Calories: 86
Total Fat: 4 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 138 mg
Total Carbs: 11 g
Protein: 3 g

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