Tip, Trick & a Recipe: The Great Garbanzo

Here’s today’s TRICK:

Next time you make a tossed green salad, add some cooked or canned (drained and rinsed) garbanzo beans for a nearly instant fiber and a protein lift as well! A half cup of this fine bean (aka as chick peas) has only 120 calories, 5 grams of protein and a whopping 8 grams of fiber!

Here’s today’s TIP:

Presoak some dried garbanzos overnight, rinse and cook in your crockpot (with appropriate amounts of water; read the package the garbanzos came in). Then scoop up your garbanzos and place in freezer bags which in turn, go in (you guessed it, LOL!) the freezer! They’ll be ready and waiting when you’re ready for them!

And your RECIPE:

Leanne’s Favorite Hummus Recipe

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  • 1 15-oz. can garbanzo beans drained OR 1 1/2 cups cooked garbanzos
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice use less lemon juice as your taste dictates
  • 2 tablespoons tahini this is sesame paste found in the ethnic section of your grocery store
  • Sea salt to taste


  • Whirl it all together in a food processor, salt to taste. That’s all there is to it. Just make sure you process it well. This is one of those recipes you don’t want big hunks in.


COOKING NOTES: Serve as a dip with pita triangles, healthy chips or tortillas.
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There are so many uses for garbanzo beans. What are your favorites?

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