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Here is how I make hummus. I’ve gotten lots of compliments on it from people who should know! It’s very easy. This is what I do.


1 can* chickpeas, drained, liquid reserved
1/3 c. tahini
1/3 – 1/2 c. olive oil
1/4 c. lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
additional olive oil
paprika (optional)

Put it all in a food processor and whip it up till it’s very smooth. To get a really smooth consistency, you can remove the skins from the chickpeas, but of course, that’s pretty time consuming!

While it’s being pureed you can add more liquid as required: olive oil, reserved liquid from the chickpeas (if using canned), maybe slightly more lemon juice. You really want a consistency that’s not too thick; it shouldn’t be like cookie dough, more like yogurt.

I like to serve it with paprika and olive oil drizzled on top. I think it’s also great with za’atar.

* I’ve also used dried chickpeas but I can’t remember the equivalent, and I like to have the extra liquid to add in if needed.


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Three Bean Salad

  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can green beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)

In a bowl, gently mix the garbanzo beans, kidney beans, green beans, green onions, and celery. In a separate bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oil, honey, mustard, garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. Pour dressing over the salad, and toss gently to coat. Cover, refrigerate at least 2 hours, and gently toss before serving.


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Mock Guac

Everyone loves guacamole, but not everyone can afford to make heaps of it. This is a pretty decent substitute that’s much more affordable. Here’s what you’ll need:

1 can chickpeas, drained
1 handful baby spinach
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small tomato
Salt to taste

Dump all the ingredients, except tomatoes, into a food processor and puree until smooth. Add the tomatoes at the end and pulse until roughly diced (or dice them beforehand and just fold them in at the end).

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Shourabit Djaj Mah Hummus

(Lebanese Chickpea Soup)

1 Lg. or 2 Med. Onions, Diced
1 Head Garlic, Minced
2 Carrots, Diced
2-3 Stalks Celery, Diced
1 Squash, Zucchini or other, Diced
2 – 3 Potatoes, Diced
A bit of oil
1 Box or Several Cans Vegetable Broth (or better, homemade vegetable stock)
1 Med. Can Diced Tomatoes & Juice
4 Cans Garbanzo Beans & Juice
1 or 2 Cinnamon Sticks (3 – 5″ long)
1 Tsp. Thyme
Salt & Pepper, To Taste
Fresh Parsley, Curly or better, Italian, Minced
Juice of 1 Lemon
1 Lg. Bag Baby Spinach
Red Pepper Flakes, Optional – A pinch in each bowl for those who like it.

Sauté onion and garlic in a bit of oil. Add other vegetables & sauté until softened. Add vegetable broth or stock, tomatoes, garbanzos and cinnamon stick. Add spices. Cook for 1 hour or more, until flavors meld. Just a few minutes before serving, add parsley, lemon juice and spinach. Stir in well. Allow to cook until greens are wilted. Serve with Pita on the side, or over rice.

This normally contains chicken, but it was altered into a vegan dish.


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