Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hummus with Roasted Red Pepper (G,V)

I grew up in the age of margarine and I can still remember how real butter tasted the first time my mother served it. At first, I didn't like it and then, all of a sudden, I thought it was wonderful.

Some foods look like they should not taste good, but if a person can get past the visual turn-off, they might enjoy things like snails, frog legs and even tofu!

Unfortunately, most of us eat things we grew up eating and new foods are not always readily accepted. I was not keen to try hummus the first time it was offered. It looked bland and unremarkable and when I did taste it ... I still thought it was bland and unremarkable.

Many years later, I did try a hummus flavor variety packaged by Trader Joe's. I loved one of the combinations the best - the Roasted Red Pepper. I would eat it first and wish the whole container had been filled with this delectable taste treat.

Recently, I decided to make my own Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. It was easy and the flavor - so amazing! Even better than Trader Joe's.

Hummus with Roasted Red Pepper

1 lb chick peas (garbanzos)
Filtered water (optional)
Roasted red peppers
Salt (Himalayan pink optional)
Garlic powder (optional)

Put peas in a med. pot. cover with 6 cups water. Bring to a quick boil and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for an hour.

Drain water and rinse chick peas. Add 6 cups of water to drained chick peas and simmer gently with lid tilted until peas are tender - about 1.5-2 hours.

Put cooked chick peas in a food processor (Vita Mix). Blend until smooth. Add desired amount of filtered water to allow the peas to be less dense. Remove to a bowl. Add desired amount of roasted red peppers to food processor and blend until smooth. Add to blended chick peas. Salt to taste. Add garlic powder if desired.

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