Hummus

1 can garbanzo beans (or 1 1/2 cups freshly cooked chick peas)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbs tahini (optional-the sesame paste gives it a nuttier flavor)
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1 clove chopped garlic
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt

Drain garbanzos, keeping 1/2 the liquid reserved to the side. Put all ingredients in food processor and blend for about 2 minutes. You can thin the mixture with water, the liquid reserve from the beans, or additional olive oil. Adjust salt, garlic and lemon to your taste. Serve with pita bread and chopped veggies.

Optional additions for flavors are: roasted or fresh red peppers, chili powder, black beans, feta cheese, pine nuts, walnuts, cucumbers, etc.

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