Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Almighty Chickpea!

I've been on a bit of a bean-buying kick.

Maybe it's my new love of the pressure cooker. Maybe it's because I want to see how many Whole Foods bags can fit into one cupboard. Or maybe I'm really just a sadist because I keep feeding Jerry tons of beans week after week!

Whatever the reason, I am definitely on a bean kick! However, after a certain point, one runs out of creative things to do on a daily basis with beans. Shocking, I know.

Well, not this time, my friends! I came armed with a crapton (excuse the expression) recipes to use up the dried chickpeas that sitting in my pantry.

No chickpea will go unused! I am like a Native American using every part of the animal! And you're going to reap the benefits with numerous, delicious chickpea recipes. I know you're excited!The first recipe that I will grace you will is the intersection of my "I can make that" philsophy and my obsession with all things hummus! Have I shared this obsession with you? When it comes to hummus, I just can't help myself! If there's hummus anywhere in my vicinity, you can bet that there's a gob of it on something I'm eating (or on my finger, depending on the day).

You can only imagine my delight when I saw that Trader Joe's is making a Hummus Salad Dressing. Hummus on my salad? Yes, please! I was so excited I dropped that bottle in my cart and went on my merry with chickpeas dancing in my head. It wasn't until I got home that I realized I paid $2.99 for what is essentially thinned out hummus. What?!? I know!

Well, take that Trader Joe's! I'm makin' my own hummus salad dressing! Grrr...

Knock-off Hummus Salad Dressing

by Bonnie Graham
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Keywords: sauce vegetarian beans tahini smoked paprika

  • 3/4 cup chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 - 3 tbsp water (depending on desired consistency)
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
1. In a blender, puree until smooth.
2. Season to taste with additional salt/pepper if desired.
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1 comment:

  1. A pressure cooker is my all time favorite kitchen item... well maybe after my cast iron skillets.