Need an idea for an appetizer for NYE? This lemon hummus recipe is extremely refreshing and pairing with raw vegetables will only help you start 2015 in a healthy fashion. Chickpeas are packed with protein to promote satiety- keeping you full to reduce those cravings. Make sure they are always included on your pantry staple list!
1 15 oz can of chickpeas,
drained with 1 tbsp juice reserved
1 small garlic clove
Juice of 1 large lemon
Zest of 1 large lemon
1/4 cup tahini
2 tbsp olive oil
Pinch of paprika
Salt to taste
Crudite- 1 cucumber, plus any vegetables cut into sticks- celery, bell pepper, carrots, sprouts...
In a food processor, combine the chickpeas with the liquid, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, and tahini and puree to a chunky paste. Scrape down the side of the bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the paprika and puree until smooth. Season the hummus with salt and drizzle with olive oil. To prep veggie crudites, first slice cucumbers into discs. With a circle cookie cutter, remove seeds from the cucumber discs to form rings. Arrange veggie sticks into cucumber rings to form little bundles! Arrange on tray with hummus and enjoy!