Monday, November 25, 2013

80--- Creamy Ranch Hummus

Bringing an appetizer to a holiday meal can be a tough thing to do.

I mean, you don't want to trump the meal.

Or DO you?

It should be light enough so you're not weighed down before your meal, but it should be satisfying enough at the same time.

Many of my patients and clients say that they will bring a veggie tray to the holiday meal, since that is something that many big spreads are missing (but not YOURS of course).

But many people won't just grab a handful of raw veggies and go to town (but not you of course).  So how about something to serve them with?  Something that pleases everyone?  Something LIKE ranch dressing with less fat, more protein and fiber, and all the flavor.

I bring you...........

Creamy Ranch Hummus
Serves 6-8

1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
1 Tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp celery salt
1/8 tsp celery seed
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 large shallot, sliced
2 tsp white wine vinegar
1/2 cup sour cream (use Greek yogurt as an alternative)
1 1/2 Tbsp fresh chives, chopped
2 tsp fresh dill, chopped
2 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped

In a large food processor, combine chickpeas, tahini, salt, pepper, celery salt, celery seed, and garlic powder.  Mix until chopped and combined.  Add shallot, vinegar, and sour cream, and continue to mix until a smooth puree is formed.  Add in chopped herbs and mix until just combined.

Place in a covered container in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.  Serve chilled.

Nutrition Info per 1/4 cup: 78 calories, 3 g fat, 3 g protein, 8 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber

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