A Mediterranean spread for dips, sandwiches & hors d'oevres

4 C (or 2 cans) cooked garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
2 cloves garlic, mashed
1/4 C fat-free no-egg mayonnaise
1/2 t ground cumin
juice of one lemon
2 t Dijon mustard

The following are optional and reflect the various preferences of different Mediterranean cultures. Add any or all to your taste:
1/8 C fresh parsley or cilantro
2 T sweet pickle relish
2 green onions
cayenne pepper or hot sauce
pinch of salt (omit for sodium restricted diets)

Drain and reserve liquid from canned beans, if used, and mix in a blender or food processor, adding reserved liquid or water to the desired consistency, a little thinner than peanut butter. Flavor improves if refrigerated in a closed container for a few hours or overnight. Makes about 4 cups.

8 servings, each 195 calories:   10% from fat (2.5 g),  69% from carbohydrates (34.2 g),  21% from protein (10.4 g).  Sodium 154 mg,  Fiber 0.1 g.

Healing Heart Hint:

Hummus is traditionally made with tahini (sesame seed paste), which is very high fat. For a hummus closest to traditional, a few drops of dark sesame oil or a 1/4 t of tahini can be added, although this will raise the fat content slightly.

If using canned beans, be sure to use the ones with no salt added.

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