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Ingredients

1 15-oz can chick-peas (garbanzo beans)

1/2 cup orange juice

3 T tahini (sesame seed paste)

2 T olive oil

1 small clove garlic (optional)

1/4 tsp salt

*As always, Inhabitots recommends organic ingredients whenever possible!

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Step 1

Drain the chick-peas. If  possible, purchase chick-peas from a brand that uses BPA-free cans such as Eden Organic.  Bisphenol-A or BPA is a known hormone disruptor that is part of the plastic lining in the majority of canned foods.

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Step 2

Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor.  If you don’t have a food processor, a heavy duty blender will do.

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Step 3

Mix until very smooth (about 3-4 minutes), scraping down edges of bowl occasionally.

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Step 4

Serve orange hummus with your child’s favorite vegetables (organic preferred!):  carrot sticks, cucumbers, red pepper slices, cherry tomatoes…whatever you have on-hand. Great with a meal or for an afternoon snack!

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Send it to School

Hummus also packs  up nicely in a school lunch. Just fill a mini container with hummus, add some dippers and you’re ready to go!

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Or spread hummus on a sandwich for lunch. Layer with cucumbers, tomatoes or lettuce – almost anything goes well with hummus!