Early springs in the South make me dizzy with happiness. Trees are already budding, cherry blossoms are blooming and all the daffodils and tulips are getting ready to open. It is so much easier to get up on the right side of the bed when you hear birds chirping.
When I’m in a good mood, I cook healthier. Classic hummus is a great example of a nutritious snack to have with crisp veggies or pita chips. It’s simple and affordable, to boot.
Mine is adapted from Ina Garten.
- 2 cans garbanzo beans, drained (2 cups)
- 1/3 c. tahini
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 8 dashes hot sauce
- 2 T water or liquid from garbanzo beans
Place all ingredients in food processor and blend until coarsely pureed. Check for seasonings, then pour into serving bowl. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, cracked pepper and a dusting of smoked paprika (this is my touch, but any paprika would work).
I really liked the finish of olive oil and smoked paprika. The olive oil is so fruity and distinct over the hummus, and the smokiness from the paprika gives it an earthy flavor.
Serve with any veggies or pita bread (or chips).
Enjoy, friends! xoxo