Spiced Smashed Chick Peas

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Waves crashing, sun warming, kids laughing…its summer and our days are filled with sun soaked activites and warm nights listening to crickets and chasing fireflies. Who wants to be inside at a kitchen stove! This is one of those super simple, fresh, healthy, throw together recipes that scream summer. I make it all the time – for lunch, for company, I even made it while a little typsy once in the middle of an impromtu porch party – but I especially enjoy taking it for a quick bite on the beach. Just pack it in a disposable container with a bag of fresh veggies on the side and you are good to go.

This is like hummus but it isn’t exactly hummus due to the omission of tahini, or sesame seed paste. I am really okay omitting it. I don’t dislike tahini, but am convinced that the store bought hummus I have tried has a wierd after taste for me and I am blaming it on the tahini. This recipe (adapted from a Jamie Oliver recipe) just has a fresher, cleaner taste of chick peas and lemon with great earthy spice and heat thanke to the ground cumin and red pepper flake.

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You’ll need a food processor for this recipe.

15 oz can of chick peas (I like Goya)

juice of 1/2 lemon

1 clove garlic

a good pinch of kosher salt

1/2 tsp ground cumin, plus dusting of it for garmish

1/2 tsp red pepper flake. plus dusting for garish

2 tbs liguid from chick peas

3 tbs extra virgin olive oil, plus drizzle for garnish

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Drain and rinse chick peas, reserving liguid from can. Add garlic clove and salt to food porcessor and pulse to break up the garlic. This helps to blend it more evenly. Add the chick peas, liquid, from the can, lemon juice and spices and process. Add the olive oil with processor running until you get a smooth consistency. Serve in a bowl with a drizzle of olive oil and a dusting of red pepper flakes and ground cumin.

Plays well with others: I serve this with sliced cucumbers, flame kissed tortillas, sugar snap peas (a favorite) baby carrots, string beans, scallions, radishes…goes with most veggies. Use as a spread for pita sandwiches too!

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