Finding healthy AND delicious dishes can be a lot like looking for comfortable AND stylish shoes: They are out there, you just have to search a lot to find the right “fit”. When you do achieve dual perfection, that’s when you tell all your girlfriends and then use it until it’s plumb worn out. Consider this my call to tell you, “Eureka! I found a smart and sassy dish!”
I found this recipe on one of my favorite sites for healthier recipes, Cooking Light. That site takes most of the difficulty out of the search, as nearly everything that I’ve tried on there has been a winner. I was looking for an appetizer type dish that I could make for what has become the Martinez Lounge Happy Hour (i.e. drinks & snacks at home, after work, for us Newlyweds.) On Friday, Mike, Kelli & I pigged out on this Black Bean Hummus with warm slices of Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Flour Pita Bread and Cucumber. Today I took it into work, and you know it’s a hit when a man will come back into the break room about 4 times to get more. I served it today with pita chips and raw Sugar Snap Peas, yum!
BLACK BEANHUMMUS w/ PITA
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
- 2 tablespoons tahini (roasted sesame seed paste)
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 garlic clove, peeled
- 1/2 small jalapeño pepper, seeded
- 3 (6-inch) pitas
1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Place 1/4 cup cilantro, tahini, and next 8 ingredients (through jalapeño) in a food processor; process until smooth. Spoon into a bowl; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cilantro.
3. Cut each pita into 8 wedges. Arrange on a baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 6 minutes, turning once.
David Bonom, Cooking Light
If you are a visual learner or culinarily challenged, here’s there’s a link to the video on how to prepare this fantastic dish!
If you have trouble finding Tahini, the Sesame Paste, look around the Mediterranean section of the grocery store (I found it around some Jewish staples, like Matzo). I asked 5 people in Walmart (yes, I know, why???) where it was; sadly, 4 people were standing within 15 feet of it in the same row and had no idea this crucial ingredient of Hummus was in their midst.
I hope you’ll enjoy this Hummus with a Hispanic Twist!