I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the whole notion of “comfort food.” Oftentimes, that is food that we go to when we are stressed, cold, depressed, or feel like we need a reward. Unfortunately, comfort foods are usually heavily loaded with unnecessary sugars and bad fats with tons of salt. All these things are major contributors to pre- and type 2 diabetes, higher-than-normal blood pressure, and the obesity that we see all around this country.

How can these “go-to” recipes be reimagined? Well, that is one of the fun parts; the other fun part is eating them. What feels better than anything is eating to your heart’s content and not feeling bad about what you have consumed, because it was nourishing and good for you. That is my goal. You won’t find “low-fat” and “sugar-free” ingredients, as those packaged items are misleading and ultimately bad for you. I use only whole, real ingredients. With that, I give you this go-to recipe that I have for chickpea hummus. There is always hummus in my house, and this is my favorite recipe for it. Enjoy!

1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans, with half their liquid
Zest and juice from 1 lemon
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 tablespoons tahini (ground sesame seed paste)
1/4 cup good quality olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Sriracha or Cholula hot sauce (optional, but it makes this hummus, trust me)

Blend all the above ingredients together in a food processor or in batches in a blender until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy with fresh vegetables, whole grain pita bread, and or lavoshe cracker bread.

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