Great Green Hummus

I love green leafy vegetables, and we all know that they are healthy.   My current favorite is baby kale; I buy a pound of baby greens in a clamshell from Earthbound Farm or Olivia's Organics for $5, and that lasts me the week.  Most greens are best just simply sauteed with olive oil and fresh garlic.  But sometimes it's nice to mix it up a bit - literally.  Here's a quick and easy way to sneak greens into everyday, delicious food - for yourself or your kids!

1 can (or equivalent) chick peas, drained
2 big handfuls mixed baby greens (about 3-4 cups)
1/4 cup water
2 T tahini (sesame paste)
2-5 cloves garlic (according to your taste)
2-3 T olive oil
1-2 T lemon juice1/4 tsp smoked paprika + a dash for the top
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4-1/2 tsp salt (to taste)

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and mix until smooth.  I recommend using minimum amounts of garlic, spices, salt and lemon juice at first and adding more to taste.  Add a dash of olive oil and smoked paprika on top adds a bit of flavor and makes it pretty for serving.  Eat with pita bread and/or veggies, like carrots and celery sticks.



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