The first NFL Regular Season Football games have started and the Bengals won!  I am SO excited to get the Football Season underway!  My first home game cheering for the Cincinnati Bengals isn’t until September 25th, so this past Sunday I was at home watching the Cincinnati Bengals play one of our rivals the Cleveland Browns.  I love watching the game with my family and of course I love entertaining them during the game with good food and beverages.  I thought I would share with you a great recipe for a healthy Hummus that I served last Sunday and will be serving at other game day celebrations!

Hummus, by the way, is made primarily from Chickpeas – also knowns as garbanzo beans, chana, Indian pea, ceci bean and the Bengal Gram (that is my favorite name of all for Chickpeas!)  Chickpeas are a legume, which is an excellent source of protein and are very tasty either by themselves or incorporated into a recipe.  Chickpeas are also high in fiber and come either dried or canned.  Give my Bengal Gram Hummus a try this Sunday during the game!

Bengal Gram Hummus

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans no-salt added chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained\
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Place beans and garlic in a food processor; pulse 5 times or until chopped.  Add 1/2 cup water and remaining ingredients; pulse until smooth, scraping down sides as needed.
Serve with crackers or toasted bread squares.  Enjoy!

Calories (2 Tbs) 44 calories, 1.5 grams protein.