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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Buffalo Wing Hummus

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Love buffalo wings but don't want to make a messy batch in your kitchen? Love buffalo wings but your waistline doesn't? Love buffalo wings and need a daily fix? This hummus is for you!

I'm not a die-hard buffalo wing lover, but I do appreciate the flavor. Recently I picked up a few cans of garbanzo beans with the intention of making hummus. You see, I bring my lunch to work nearly every day. I really try to pack healthy lunches because when I'm at work, I have no choice but to eat the serving of vegetables or piece of fruit. By getting some of these nutrients in during the day, I don't feel guilty about eating a cookie (or three) later that evening.
Lately I felt like my lunches were getting boring and I needed a little extra motivation to eat them every day, which is where the hummus came in. From Food Network Magazine, this is a much healthier way to get that buffalo fix. Though this was best with carrots and celery, I bet it'd be really good with crackers or as a sandwich spread as well. If serving it at a party, I'd probably sprinkle some blue cheese on top...I found myself wishing I had some last time!

Looking for that buffalo wing flavor elsewhere? Try any of these:

Buffalo Wing Hummus
slightly adapted from Food Network Magazine

-1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed (1/4 cup liquid reserved)
-2 cloves garlic
-1/8 cup tahini (you can omit if you don't have, though this is what gives hummus its true taste/texture)
-1/8 cup fresh lemon juice
-3/4 tsp paprika
-1 tbsp barbecue sauce
-2 tbsp hot sauce (I used Frank's buffalo sauce)
-1/2 tbsp distilled white vinegar
-3/4 tsp kosher salt

1. Add the chickpeas, chickpea liquid, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, paprika, barbecue sauce, hot sauce, vinegar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Puree until smooth and creamy.