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.