Easy Homemade Cilantro Lime Hummus

It's been a long time since I have posted.  Too long as a matter of fact.  I promise to make a point to try to update more often.  This past year has brought a slew of changes including a slap in the face reality that we need to change our diet and lifestyle.  I will go into that later.

We are slowly but surely changing our lifestyle into one that makes a point to have fruits and vegetables as our main course and to replace low nutritional value per calorie foods with those that have higher nutritional value. I don't know about you, but I personally like dressing on my salads or for dipping.  Something I know adds extra calories with low nutritional value. It's hard to give up the flavor! In order to provide nutrition without loosing my urge to dip, I have been experimenting with homemade hummus.

Hummus is jam packed with nutrients and health benefits.  Check out this webpage for a good explanation of the nutritional goodies.  My favorite concoction, and least complained about by my son, is my Cilantro Lime Hummus.

*Please note that most Hummus includes Tahini.  This certainly is not an ingredient that I have in my kitchen so I left it out.

Cilantro Lime Hummus

1 Can Chickpeas, drained - SAVE THE LIQUID
1 clove garlic
1 handful of cilantro (about 1/2 a bunch. more or less to your taste)
Juice of 1 lime
1 T. Olive Oil  (I omit.  You can leave it out too. It's healthier that way)
1/4 t. Cayenne Pepper (or more if you like it hot)
Salt to taste

*Extra - add a little cumin powder as a variation

Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and start blending.  Slowly add the remaining liquid (I don't measure but I think it I add around 1/4 cup, give or take) until it reaches the pasty, nicely blended consistency.

That is it. Experiment with the portions of the ingredients to find the exact flavor you desire.  I will place some in a nice leaf of Kale and add some shredded carrots, kohlrabi and other veggies for a veggie taco.  It is delish.

Enjoy and if you have any variations I would love to hear them.