Meatless Monday: Dip Ahead

This Meatless Monday was inspired — two weeks ago — by a plurk. Someone was looking for a dairy-free hors d’oevre to bring to a party. I immediately thought of hummus.

I have, on occasion, bought hummus, but I feel guilty for doing so. It is so easy to make. On the other hand, Sabra’s hummus is dang tasty.

RPM Hummus Recipe

1 15 oz. can chick peas (aka garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
1/2 tbsp. cumin
Olive oil

1. Throw the chick peas, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, and cumin in a food processor.
2. Process, adding the olive oil until the hummus is a smooth, but not runny, consistency.

Hummus is one of those “to taste” preparations. I have had it very garlicky, and I’ve had it very lemony. You can throw some roasted red pepper in here to tweak the taste, too. Just about any way works for me. I tend to make mine chunky, not super smooth. And I like to serve it with baby carrots and celery.

My favorite restaurant hummus is from The Kassab’s Restaurant in the South Side, since we’re on the subject.

Another dip that is quick and easy:

RPM Black Beans and Roasted Red Pepper Dip

1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed (reserve about 1/2 cup of the liquid)
1/2 a small jar roasted red peppers
3 cloves garlic
1/2 tbsp. cumin (or to taste)
Olive oil

1. See the above two steps for hummus. You can add the bean liquid to smooth out the dip’s consistency if you think you’re using too much olive oil. Quick and easy!

The other good thing to add to this dip, if you don’t have to be dairy free, is an ounce or two of feta. Serve with pita or tortilla chips.

3 thoughts on “Meatless Monday: Dip Ahead

  1. I’m going to have to try this one. I love hummus and this recipe is so easy to make! I really enjoy mixing in different things, like a bit of pesto or some tomato.
    Here’s a recipe for pumpkin hummus that makes a great dip It’s from Meatless Monday, a non-profit campaign that encourages Americans to cut meat from their diets once a week in order to decrease risk of preventable illnesses like stroke and heart disease.
    I’ve just started working with them and I’ve already learned so much from the articles and recipes on their website. You should check it out!

  2. That black bean dip sounds killer! Thanks for commenting on my blog. And though I’ve just read a bit of this, it’s yet another aspect of life that poses a huge challenge: parents working outside the home. I don’t have kids, but I imagine the caregiving I do as sort of, a little, like parenting – on a MUCH smaller scale. Making choices. Finding time, that sort of thing. I’m sorry about your grandmother… Any kind of dementia totally sucks.

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