I tend to be of the belief that everything homemade tastes better than store bought. I think it's because I know exactly what is going into the food and can practice our own quality control. Fresh is usually better than canned, but sometimes canned is just more convenient. This is the case in today's easy lunch idea.
Fresh Hummus & Pita Sandwich
1 can (15 oz. size) garbanzo beans (a.k.a. chickpeas), drained, but reserve liquid. Do not rinse beans.
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons reserved garbanzo bean liquid
1-2 cloves garlic (if the clove is small, go with two)
1 tablespoon almond butter
lemon juice from wedge of a lemon (maybe 1/8-1/4 of a lemon)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
mint leave, optional
If there's time and I'm planning ahead, I prefer to buy dried garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and soak them overnight and then boil them the following day until done. I honestly think they have a better flavor, but I'm rarely that organized for a lunch meal option, so I stock canned garbanzo beans.
Drain garbanzo beans, reserving the liquid.
|Garbanzo bean liquid|
Blend until smooth. You may need to add another tablespoon, or so, of olive oil or reserved liquid.
|Hummus makes a great veggie and/or chip dip too.|
|Hummus should look about like this.|
|Pita over the flame.|
|Ready to eat! Enjoy!|