Oil-free Vegan Red Bell Pepper Hummus

This is an amazingly simple and delicious hummus that has no added oil. Almost all commercial hummus products have added oil. Why buy those when you can make your own in just a few minutes for much less money and know exactly what you are eating?

I was inspired to add some more beans into my diet by a youtube I watched featuring Dr. Joel Fuhrman, who recommended eating beans every day. In addition, he recommends eating raw onions and garlic for their phytonutrient benefits. The other inspiration came from research cited by Dr. Michael Gregor indicating that the nutrients from tomatoes are best absorbed when combined with healthy fats such as nuts and seed. So here we have a snack or meal that combines beans, raw onions and garlic, tomatoes and seeds (tahini). I actually made this for breakfast and had seconds for lunch. See my post on the benefits of beans here http://table-karma.com/beans/.

Here is how I made it:

First I assembled my ingredients–garbanzo beans, roasted red bell peppers, tahini, lemon,  garlic, salt and cumin for the hummus, and bread, tomato and onion for the complete meal.

I used my Vitamix blender for the hummus. Into the blender went the whole container of garbanzo beans, with the liquid reserved, 2 pieces of the roasted red bell peppers, 1 Tablespoon of tahini, 2 cloves of raw garlic, 1/4 of a lemon,  rind and all, 1/2 teaspoon cumin  (get it here http://amzn.to/2ihRxbq) and 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Blend it all together and add a little of the reserved bean liquid (aquafaba) just enough to get the mixture moving, because you want it to be thick. It will thicken a little more when refrigerated.

The result is delicious and tangy. It is good for many uses. It can be a great dip for raw vegetables, a spread for sandwiches, or diluted with more lemon juice or vinegar for a salad dressing. I used it for a breakfast sandwich with seedy whole grain toast, tomatoes and raw red onions.

A fabulous and filling breakfast, lunch or snack, best enjoyed in the company of orchids.


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