Organic Sweet Potato Hummus

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My inspiration for this appetizer came from a “pin” I made on the Williams-Sonoma blog, “Taste.” I had some organic sweet potatoes in the pantry and a can of tahini in the refrigerator, so I said to myself, “give it a try.” The blog only had a list of ingredients, so I had to experiment as I went along. I did not add any olive oil, because there seemed to be enough oil from the tahini. It has a smoother texture than traditional hummus made with garbanzo beans and was quite easy to make and yummy to eat!

Ingredients:

  • 4 organic sweet potatoes (4 to 5 inches in length)
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Sea salt
  • Chopped parsley for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Scrub sweet potatoes thoroughly. Prick each potato several times with a fork. Cook in microwave at high power for 3 minutes, then rotate potatoes and cook for another 3 minutes. Cooking time will vary due to differences in microwaves and size of potatoes. Cook until you can “squeeze” them.
  2. Wait for potatoes to cool. Put contents of potatoes in blender. Add tahini, water, lemon juice and garlic. Blend thoroughly. Add salt to taste.
  3. Serve with pita chips or vegetables.

http://blog.williams-sonoma.com/ingredient-spotlight-sweet-potatoes-2/

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Homemade Hummus

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I didn’t realize how easy it was to make your own hummus at home, until I saw Martha Stewart on the “Today” show recently. I love hummus and it’s so healthy for you, especially when served with vegetables!

  • 2 cans (15 ounces) organic garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 cup liquid from the can of garbanzos*
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Sea salt

Save the liquid from the garbanzo beans. Rinse the beans thoroughly. Place them in the food processor (I used my blender) along with 1/4 cup reserved liquid from the beans. Add lemon juice, tahini, garlic, cayenne pepper and salt to taste (approximately 1 teaspoon). Blend until smooth. Serve with pita chips, fresh vegetables or whatever you like!

*I found that I needed to add more liquid.

http://www.marthastewart.com/313953/homemade-hummus