Thursday, November 11, 2010

Homemade Pita Chips and Hummus

My dad and stepmom are in town this week.  We are having lovely weather for November, mid-70s and sunny.  The fall colors are pretty and we are really enjoying our visit.

My parents like to eat supper a couple hours earlier than we do; we don’t usually eat until around 7:00 because that’s when Craig gets home.  So when they’re here, they need a late afternoon snack to tide them over.

Yesterday we made pita chips and hummus…so yummy, good for you, and easy to do.

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For the pita chips, preheat your oven to 400*.  Cut the pitas (I like whole wheat) into wedges; use kitchen shears to make the job easier.  Pull them apart so they are a single layer.  Lay them on a foil-lined cookie sheet, spray with olive oil cooking spray, and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.  Bake for 7 minutes, or until slightly browned and crispy.  Watch carefully, as there’s a fine line between done and burned.

I use this tahini-free hummus recipe I found on allrecipes.

  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained, liquid reserved
  • 2 ounces fresh jalapeno pepper, sliced (I omit this)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
Directions
  1. In a blender or food processor, combine garbanzo beans, jalapeno, cumin, lemon juice, garlic and 1 tablespoon of the reserved bean liquid. Add more of the liquid as necessary for blending to a smooth consistency.

The nutritional information says the hummus has 3 calories and 0 fat and cholesterol per serving, and of course it has protein and fiber.  

This is a delicious and healthful snack, no guilt involved!

6 comments:

Xazmin said...

Can't wait to try this. We LOVE chips and hummus around here! And I've been paying a fortune for it!

Paula said...

I love a healthy snack like this! Enjoy the visit with your family!

The Cannary's, est. 1984 said...

This is even more frugal if you cook your own garbanzos - for less than a buck, you can get three can's (or more) worth. And they are soooo yummy - thanks for the recipe!

Richella said...

I just LOVE hummus--thanks for the recipe! Enjoy your family time. :)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I looooove hummus! This looks like a great recipe to try. I like spicy stuff, so I'd probably try it with the jalepeno in.

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