Easy Cheese Hummus Holiday Dip

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Holiday dip is the perfect party dish, easy and quick to make and serve. Even better: Make them healthy with nutritious ingredients. The following dish combines cooked chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) with fresh garlic and other healthy ingredients. hummus, holiday dip, chickpreas recipeIngredients (serves 4-6 people)

  • 1 cup chickpeas, cooked
  • 8oz low fat cream cheese
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional)
  • 4 leaves of fresh lettuce or spinach

Directions:
1. Combine chickpeas, cream cheese, garlic, olive oil, salt and sugar in food processor and mix well together.
2. Serve on a bed of fresh lettuce with whole grain crackers or corn tortillas. Garnish with sesame seeds.

Easy homemade chips:

1. Cut up a whole wheat or spinach tortilla into small triangles.

2. Flash-fry tortilla triangles on frying pan in one tablespoon of hot olive oil.

From our green chef Diana Vazquez. Enjoy!

Para la versión en español de esta receta vaya a Dip de Garbanzo para la Fiesta.

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Nutritional facts and health benefits of chickpeas:

Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. They contain vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K. They also contain calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. Chickpeas contain dietary fiber, which helps to lower blood cholesterol levels, reduce blood pressure, lower LDL cholesterol levels and ease inflammation. Dietary fiber also prevents hemorrhoids, helps with weight control and aids digestion.

Resources: Livestrong, VHFoods

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Author:Diana Vazquez

Diana Vazquez, our green chef and contributor to Latina Verde, is the owner and head chef at El Carey Cafe in Isabela, Puerto Rico and a very proud mom of 2 boys, 16 & 12 years old. Born in New York to Dominican parents, she spent the better part of her childhood in Dominican Republic. She incorporates her experiences and influences from various cultures into her creative and healthy dishes, and uses only fresh and seasonal produce in her cooking. Aside from her culinary endeavors she shares a passion for surfing and painting.

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