Counting Down: 10 Great Dishes to Bring to a Vegan Potluck – #10

In anticipation of a coming vegan potluck in our town, I promised to publish 10 recipes to give non-vegans or new vegans some ideas of what to make. So here we go…

#10 – HUMMUS! Did you know that hummus is an unofficial vegan food group? If you’re vegan, you HAVE to love hummus (well, it helps anyway) – and most of us do, so it’s a great thing to bring to a potluck. There are LOTS of different varieties and recipes out there, but this traditional version is one of my favorites – it’s EASY and QUICK to make. This recipe is one that I have adapted from one a friend gave me that a friend gave her…you know how it goes!

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ingredients:

540 ml can of chick peas, drained and rinsed (approx. 1 1/2 cups)
3 cloves garlic (or less if you don’t LOVE garlic)
1/4 cup chopped onion
3 tbsp. fresh parsley (chopped), optional
1 tbsp. tahini
juice from 1 lemon (approx. 2 tbsp.)
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (you can definitely use less than this – I usually use 2 tbsp oil, 2 tbsp water)

directions:

– combine all ingredients except parsley and olive oil in a food processor
– process until ingredients form a smooth paste; add olive oil and process again. Add parsley and pulse until mixed (don’t over-process or you will have green hummus)

tips:

– if you love hummus, make a double batch (this doubles perfectly), and freeze some. Hummus freezes really well; a great way to keep a few different varieties in your fridge)
– want to mix it up? Try pulsing in some olives/sundried tomatoes at the end

why is it good for you?:

– garbanzo beans (chick peas), the main ingredient in hummus, are a good source of fibre. They are high in protein, iron and calcium, as well as folate and manganese. (and they’re yummy too)!

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