Hummus for Dipping or Spreading

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Hummus is a delicious white bean dip or sandwich spread easily made in a blender or food processor.  Use it for a pita bread spread, or dip for tortilla chips or veggies.

It's popular at parties and appetizer tables, and freshly homemade saves money -- a commercially bought dip easily costs between $3 to $5 for an 8 or 10 oz. container.  

For half the cost, you can make twice as much.  Extra dip can also be frozen.  And if making from cooking your own dried beans, the savings is even more.

Hummus Dip 
1, 15 oz. can of either Garbanzo beans, or cooked Chick Peas or White Navy Beans
1 chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup lemon juice
4 Tabs. olive oil
1 garlic minced clove, or more to taste
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
3 green onions, thinly sliced
parsley and/or paprika for garnish

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Drain chickpeas and set aside liquid. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Add 1/4 cup of liquid from chickpeas. Blend on low until thoroughly mixed and smooth. 

Place in serving bowl and drizzle with olive oil. 
Garnish with parsley or sprinkling of paprika.

Serve with pita bread, cut veggies or tortilla chips. Refrigerate unused hummus. Makes approximately 2 cups.

Estimate cost: $1.50 or less.

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