When I was in high school, I picked up my best friend every morning on the way to school. It never failed that Sue would come bouncing out of her house humming and smiling. I was tired and cranky. Sue just smiled and hummed.

I have decided it is time for this cranky dietitian to learn to smile and hum. I’m just not sure where to start. I guess I will just try by doing what I know best.  

Yes, today I will Hum with Hummus.  

What is hummus, you may ask? Basically, hummus is blended and spiced beans. This may sound weird but it is terrific! It tastes divine when served with fresh veggies. 

Here is my daughter’s basic recipe. Play with it. Make it your own.  

Bean Hummus

Note: I usually add half of the reserved bean liquid and half of olive oil to make it creamier. Or I have also topped it with a little olive oil.

1 clove garlic
1 (15 ounce) can beans-your choice of black, red, garbanzo, kidney; drain and reserve liquid
2 tablespoons lemon juice (Lime juice adds a little extra zing)
1 1/2 tablespoons tahini  (toasted ground sesame seed paste)
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt  (optional)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika

Mince garlic in the bowl of a food processor. Add beans, 2 tablespoons reserved liquid, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, tahini, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper; process until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Add additional seasoning and liquid to taste. Garnish with paprika and Greek olives.

And now Wonder Dietitian has taught you how to Hum.  At this point you might want to review my blog on how to sing.  

Next I believe I will teach you how to jello wrestle.  Wonder Dietitian – the dietitian with talents that make you wonder….