Not a week goes by that I don’t make my favorite hummus recipe! Lately, however, I have really had my eyes opened by the fact that you could add quinoa to so many different dishes to enhance their nutritional profile. (Check out my post on smoothie recipes!) I love quinoa and I love hummus recipes – but quinoa and hummus? It really got me to thinking. I have to be honest at first I didn’t really get it and I may not have even tried it if I didn’t own this website. I am happy to report that it is a very welcome addition to my quinoa recipes because not only is the combination healthy it taste great!
Now, a couple of things you will want to keep in mind when making hummus recipes. This goes for any type of hummus - even black bean hummus. Most recipes will call for canned black beans or garbanzo beans. While this is certainly a convenient time saver, it is really not a good idea. Cans have BPA, which is a toxic substance that leaches into the food. There have been some reports linking it to breast cancer and even the FDA has issued a warning statement with regards to it. This is one reason that I always recommend taking the time to soak your own beans and cook them yourself. Yes, they will need to soak overnight and will take some time to cook – but isn’t your health worth it? Secondly, when you start with warm beans they help to cut the acid in the garlic and really help the flavors blend nicely.
Roasted Garlic Hummus with Quinoa
¾ cup cooked quinoa
2 ½ cups cooked garbanzo beans, water reserved
Juice of 2 lemons
1/3 cup tahini
1 T olive oil
6 -10 cloves of garlic, unpeeled
½ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Toss the garlic with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover tightly with foil and cook for 25 – 30 minutes or until the cloves are tender. Remove garlic, reserving the oil. Peel and set aside.
- In a food processor, combine the quinoa, garbanzo beans, lemon juice, tahini, reserved olive oil and garlic. Process until smooth. Add in cumin, salt, cayenne pepper and fresh ground black pepper. If needed, add in the reserved cooking liquid from the beans until your dip reaches the correct consistency.
- Serve with pita chips or fresh cut vegetables!
Yumm… roasted garlic hummus – what could be better!
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