Quick Basil Pesto Hummus

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Chickpeas/garbanzo beans are a vegetarian’s best friend. They are rich in fiber and protein, which makes them a satisfying addition to a variety of dishes. Beans also offer a meatless way to obtain other nutrients of concern, including iron and calcium. They can be roasted, sauteed, or blended into a flavorful hummus.

This hummus recipe features pesto instead of tahini, resulting in a smoother, creamier flavor. You can make your own homemade pesto, but I find that certain store-bought brands boast excellent quality–which helps if you are trying to save prep time. I recommend Trader Joe’s or Costco’s recipe.

If you always keep a container of hummus at home, here is a recipe to save you a trip to the grocery store (and maybe a few minutes!).

INGREDIENTS

1-15 oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed
3 tbsp basil pesto
2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp freshly-ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Measure ingredients into blender or food processor. Blend ingredients until well incorporated.
  2. Store in single container, or portion into smaller plastic containers for easy snacking.

Only two steps? That’s right; I didn’t lie about the “quick” bit. Leave a comment with any other delicious hummus recipes you’ve tried!

 

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