Red lentil humus

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Red Lentil Hummus – it’s smooth, it’s creamy, a bit lemony and a whole lot delicious! Make your own hummus at home, takes no time at all!

I went and bought myself a big ol’ bag of red lentils. I haven’t cooked much with lentils before, I know how to make a mean lentil soup though, but I really wanted to make a hummus. Although hummus is traditionally made with garbanzo beans, you can really use any creamy legume. So I wanted a red lentil hummus. And I’m glad I did because it turned out delicious and so healthy and good for you.

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Aren’t these red lentils just gorgeous? I really will have to make more recipes with them, because, well, I’m stuck with a big bag of them. If you’ve never made hummus before, you’re in for a treat, because it’s super easy to make it. All you need is a food processor, dump all the ingredients in the food processor, pulse a few times, and you’re good to go. Of course, the red lentils have to be cooked first, silly!

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I served my delicious hummus with these gorgeous pita chips I made from a whole wheat pizza with just some olive oil, garlic and basil, don’t worry, I will share the recipe with you later because it was amazing!! You can use any chips you want though, one thing I like to do is use pita breads, cut them in triangles, sprinkle a bit of olive oil on them and just place them in the oven under the broiler for a minute or two then use those puppies to dip in your hummus. Oh yeah, it’s good!

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Ingredients

2 cups water
1 cup dried red lentils
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp tahini paste
4 tbsp olive oil
juice from 1 lemon
2 tsp salt
1 tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Bring water to boil then add the lentils and reduce heat to low. Simmer until all the liquid has been absorbed by the lentils, about 10 to 15 minutes. Place lentils and the rest of the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl if needed.
Spoon the hummus into a bowl and sprinkle with some more smoked paprika if desired and serve.

Enjoy! 🙂

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