New American Plate Challenge


Weekly Recipe
Serves 10

Try making your own hummus. Made from five simple ingredients, its name in Arabic literally translates to “chickpeas.” These cream-colored beans are full of protein and rich in fiber. Tahini is ground sesame seed paste that adds creaminess and a distinctive nutty flavor. Hummus can be served with pita bread or used as a dip for raw veggies like carrots, celery and bell pepper slices.


  • 2
    (15-oz.) cans no-salt added chickpeas, drained, liquid reserved
  • 5
    cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 Cup
  • 5 Tablespoons
    freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons
    reserved chickpea liquid
  • 1 Tablespoon
    extra virgin olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • paprika or parsley sprigs for garnish, optional


  1. Place all ingredients except salt and optional garnish in food processor. Process until mixture is coarsely puréed. Add salt to taste. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Garnish with a dash of paprika or parsley sprigs.

Nutrition: Per 1/4 cup serving: 144 calories, 7 g total fat (1 g saturated fat), 16 g carbohydrate, 6 g protein, 5 g dietary fiber, 13 mg sodium.


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