Easy Homemade Lentil Hummus
Makes 6 to 8 appetizer servings

Middle Eastern-style bean spread is easy to make at home. Scoop it up with chopped fresh vegetables or baby whole wheat pita bread. Tahini, the sesame seed paste used to flavor traditional chickpea hummus, is located near the peanut butter in most large supermarkets.

1 15-ounce can lentils, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup sesame tahini
1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 cup water

1. Mix all ingredients except water in a food processor on high speed until very finely chopped.

2. Scrape the sides of the bowl down with a rubber spatula, add water, and process again until smooth. 

3. Serve immediately, or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container up to one week.

– Jess Thomson, graduate of The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, awarded the certified culinary professional (CCP) designation by the International Association of Culinary Professionals.