Hummus 3 Ways

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Don’t know about you, but hummus is a staple in my house. Yes, I buy store bought hummus and I admit it is pretty good. But, I like to make stuff myself when I can so I know what’s going into it. Even the really good brands have preservatives, stabilizers and natural flavorings. Ew.

On a recent trip to San Antonio, I had a fabulous pecan hummus at Green Vegetarian Cuisine in the Pearl Brewery complex. So like any good foodie, I came home and tried to make it myself. I think what I came up with is pretty close and super delicious.

Things are cooler in threes, so I made an avocado hummus based on a recipe from Chloe’s Kitchen and a red pepper hummus that I made up by throwing a bunch of ingredients in the food processor to see what would happen.

Any one of these would make a great appetizer or snack with carrots sticks and cucumber slices. I also love rice crackers with this and of course pita chips if you do gluten.

I made all three recipes with one and a half cans of chickpeas…a little goes a long way here.

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These recipes are sooooooooo easy. Hardly any chopping. Just throw everything in a food processor and you are good to go.

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Pecan Hummus

1/2 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed (reserve chickpea water)

1/2 cup pecans

2-4 Tbsp chickpea water

1 Tbsp tahini

1 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp sea salt, or to taste

1/8 tsp smoked paprika

Combine all ingredients in food processor. Blend until smooth. Add more chickpea water or olive oil, if needed.

Avocado Hummus

Adapted from Chloe’s Kitchen

1/2 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 avocado, pit removed, flesh scooped out

Juice of 1 lemon

1/4 cup flat leaf Italian parsley, leaves only

1 Tbsp tahini

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 large clove garlic, chopped if desired

1/2 tsp sea salt, or to taste

Combine all ingredients in food processor. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Spicy Red Pepper Hummus

1 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup jarred roasted red peppers

1 Tbsp tahini

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 small clove garlic

1/2 Tbsp fresh mint

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients in food processor. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning.

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