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sun-dried tomato hummus

Whenever I have people over or when I need to bring a snack to a gathering, I always bring my good ol’ fashioned standby: hummus.  It is so easy, and yet people are always amazed that it is homemade. It is inexpensive to make and without a doubt, it tastes so much better than the stuff we can buy in the store.  As I mentioned in this post, I’ve been loving sun-dried tomato lately and therefore this recipe incorporates these delicious, meaty veggies that are packed with vitamin C.

1 can of garbanzo beans (organic preferred), drained
2 tbsp olive oil
2-3 garlic cloves (depending on size)
3 tbsp tahini
juice from 1 large lemon
1/2 tsp cumin
1 roasted red pepper (drained if you are using one from a jar)
1/2 cup of sun-dried tomatoes including 1 tbsp of the oil they are packed in
salt and pepper to taste
Hungarian paprika

Put all ingredients into your food processor except the paprika and garbanzo beans.  Pulse until everything is chopped.

Then add the garbanzo beans.  This helps everything mix a little easier.  Perhaps you have a super high-powered processor.  Mine is fairly small and simple and therefore if I add the beans in right away, it sometimes doesn’t mix as easily.

Sprinkle a little paprika on top for an extra pop of flavor (and it looks pretty).

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