Here is an inexpensive and fantastic alternative to cottage cheese. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. You can conveniently buy this at the grocery store, but it usually runs about $5 for 1/2 – 3/4 of a cup. This recipe takes less than 5 minutes, and makes 3 cups of fresh hummus, for approximately $6.50. Did I mention it tastes better than the store-bought version? The cherry on top–it’s around half the fat of regular hummus! This is achieved by substituting plain Greek yogurt for the traditional tahini paste. Tahini is sesame seed paste. It adds a delicate nutty flavor to hummus, and gives it a creamy texture. The down side of tahini is the cost and high fat content. Greek yogurt has 0 grams of fat and creates a creamy texture as well! Give it a try!
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
2 can of garbanzo beans, drained
¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
¼ cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp. cumin
1- 12 oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained (or homemade)
Salt and pepper
2 dashes cayenne pepper
Veggies for dipping (could use pita chips)
In a food processor add beans, yogurt, olive oil, cumin, and garlic. Pulse until smooth.
Add the drained peppers, 1 tsp. of salt, 1/4 tsp. ground pepper, and a dash or two of cayenne pepper. Pulse again until peppers are at the desired consistency. I like to serve this with asparagus spears, cucumbers, celery and carrots.
Makes about 3 cups.
*For Chipotle Lime Hummus, remove the red peppers and one garlic clove, then add 1/8 cup lime juice, one chopped chipotle pepper, and 3 Tb. chopped cilantro!
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SOURCE: A Spicy Perspective