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Old 02-04-2007, 06:23 PM   #1  
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Default Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

PREP TIME: 10 minutes COOK TIME: 12 minutes

Makes 2 cups and 32 pita chips

Yogurt and sesame oil replace tahini in this hummus, creating a lighter texture than the norm. Enjoy with green veggies, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, and bell peppers, and simply skip the carrots and pita chips.

8 (6-inch) whole-wheat pitas, cut into 4 triangles each
1 1/2 cups canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup canned cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
4 sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil), plus 1 tablespoon of the oil
1 small garlic clove, peeled
1/4 cup nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt

Assorted raw and blanched vegetables, such as bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and scallions.

Heat oven to 350°F. Place pita wedges on a baking sheet and bake until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Purée chickpeas, cannellini beans, tomatoes plus 1 tablespoon of their oil, and garlic in a food processor. Add yogurt, lemon juice, sesame oil, cumin, and salt; process until smooth. Serve at room temperature with pita triangles and vegetables for dipping.

Nutritional Information

Per tablespoon dip:
25 calories
0.5 g fat
0 g saturated fat
1 g protein
4 g carbohydrate
0 g fiber, 65 mg sodium

Per 4 pita triangles:
170 calories
1.5 g fat, 0 g saturated fat
6 g protein
35 g carbohydrate
5 g fiber
340 mg sodium

MAKE-AHEAD: The flavors of hummus improve when it's made up to 3 days in advance; refrigerate in a covered container until ready to use. Bring to room temperature before serving. Pita chips can be toasted up to a day ahead.
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