Maybe its from my years living in the Middle East, but I love hummus and I eat a ton of it, especially when I'm cleansing. Sure, it's easy to grab a tub of pre-made, but look closely at the ingredient list; those plastic tubs often contain things we probably don't want to be eating such as soybean oil, sugar and preservatives. It's super easy to make your own, and even easier if you have a food processor. Here's one of my favorite recipes – naturally vegan, gluten-free and cleanse friendly!
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed. (It’s easy and inexpensive to cook chickpeas from dried – if you do this, save the cooking liquid)
1 clove garlic
¼ cup olive oil, plus more for serving
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon paprika
In a food processor, puree the chickpeas and garlic with the olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, cumin and salt until smooth and creamy. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons water (or cooking water if you’ve cooked your own chickpeas) as necessary to achieve the desired consistency. Add a bit more salt if needed.
Transfer to a serving bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika.