Is Hummus Good for You?
This simple Middle Eastern dip of chickpeas, tahini (ground sesame seeds), olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and salt is super-good for you as well as filling and tasty. The chickpeas and tahini offer protein and fiber that are essential for optimum health (a 1/4 cup serving gives you about 1/10th of daily protein requirements and 1/8th of daily fiber requirements).
Hummus is a great substitute for cream cheese on a bagel, for mayonnaise on a sandwich, with cut-up vegetables in the middle of the day when a craving sets in, or with Spiced Tortilla Crisps for an appetizer.
You can buy hummus anywhere, but I love homemade. My favorite recipe is from the New York Times and takes some time (though mostly waiting time); a quicker and very good recipe comes from Inspired Taste.