Sure, you could easily buy a plastic tub of pre-made hummus from your grocery store. However, preparing your own from scratch is a great way to control the ingredients, taste and nutritional content. Avoid unnecessary fillers and calories with a healthy, homemade hummus recipe that’s packed with the flavor of freshly roasted garlic.
You only need seven simple ingredients to whip up this delicious and nutritious dip. These include one garlic bulb, three teaspoons of olive oil, one 15-ounce can of chickpeas (no salt added), two tablespoons of tahini, the juice of one lemon, three tablespoons of water and one teaspoon of cumin.
While you’re at the store shopping for your ingredients, be conscious of the garlic that you select. Choose heavy bulbs that feel solid in your hand with a dry, papery outer wrapper that encloses the entire bulb. Feel free to stock up and grab a few extra, as fresh garlic stays good for weeks when stored in a cool, dry place. Garlic is considered a Free Food on Nutrisystem, so you can use it in a variety of different dishes in unlimited quantities.
Get started by roasting your garlic bulb. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cut the tip off of the garlic. Rub the garlic with one teaspoon of oil and wrap it in aluminum foil. Bake it in the oven for about 45 minutes to bring out its natural flavor and sweetness.
While your garlic is roasting, place the remaining ingredients into the food processor and blend until a smooth mixture is formed. Finish up your dip by squeezing in the roasted garlic and blending it together. Serve with fresh baby carrots, sliced bell peppers, whole grain or sprouted seed crackers and sliced wheat pita bread.
You can enjoy two tablespoons of this Roasted Garlic Hummus as one serving. One serving contains 150 calories and counts as one SmartCarb and one Extra on the Nutrisystem program.
If you decide to serve it with any dippers, just make sure to keep track of what you add in your daily food journal. Use our Grocery Guide to figure out what your additions count as and make sure to log them into the NuMi app. Click here to log this recipe into the NuMi app >
Is garlic your favorite Free Food? You’re in luck! According to a 2014 report by the National Institutes of Health, garlic has been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease, viruses, infections and even cancer. Read more about the greatness of garlic and then spice up your menu with more garlicky goodness below:
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