Healthy Homemade Hummus
Try out this healthy hummus recipe that's perfect with crackers, bread, veggies, in a sandwich --or whatever you have in the kitchen already!

Most things I make on the fly, and create a recipe as I go with what I feel like at the moment so with something like hummus you can add almost anything you want (sun-dried tomatoes, nuts, cheese, vegetables, etc).

Serves approx. 4
-2 (15 oz.) cans of chick peas
-3-4 large garlic cloves
-6 medium size basil leaves (fresh)
-virgin or extra virgin olive oil (2 tbsp)
-1 lemon
-sea salt (1-2 tsp)
-ground black pepper (1-2 tsp)
-crushed dried red pepper (1 tsp)
-hand blender or traditional blender

Open both the chick pea cans, drain and clean one completely and empty into the blender.  Then, with the second can drain out about two tablespoons of liquid but then pour the rest of the liquid and beans into the blender as well.  This keeps the blender from sticking since there needs to be a little liquid for it to work.

Next add in the garlic cloves, the basil leaves (lightly chopped ahead of time), and the olive oil and blend together until crushed but stop before it reaches a smooth or creamy consistency. 

Then add the fresh sea salt, ground pepper, crushed red pepper and lemon to taste, and continue blending until there are no whole beans but a couple chunks here or there.

I personally don't like my hummus too creamy but if you DO- when adding the second can of beans don't drain it at all, and blend until there are no chunks left.

Now go ahead...try it!!! Enjoy!