Black Olive Tahini Spread

This is similar to a hummus dip, but with black olives added. To cut back the calories and fat you can use canned sliced olives that are packed in water, not oil, but if you want more flavor, use those packed in oil and pitted. Tahini is sesame seed paste, found in the ethnic section of your supermarket.

1. Combine the chickpeas, tahini, water, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and chili sauce in the bowl of a food processor. Purée until smooth.

2. Stir in the olives and garnish with basil or parsley.

•1 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
•1/4 cup tahini
•3 Tbsp water
•2 Tbsp olive oil
•2 Tbsp lemon juice
•1 tsp finely chopped garlic
•1/2 tsp hot chili sauce
•1/3 cup finely diced canned black olives
•2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil or parsley

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

Calories 157
Protein 4 g
Fat 11 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Carbohydrates 11 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 93 mg
Fiber 2.4 g

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: n/a

Make Ahead: Prepare up to a day in advance.

Makes 1 1/3 cups

Serves 6

Nutrition Watch: Chickpeas have iron for energy and are a good source of protein if you are looking for a vegetarian protein alternative.