Smoked Paprika Hummus Goodness

Last year when I was going to New Orleans often with that guy I used to know I had the most incredible hummus of my life at a restaurant there called Napoleons House.  I actually asked our waiter to confirm with the kitchen that there wasn't any meat in it as it had this amazing smoky depth to it. He looked at me like I was crazy but trust me - I've had meat sneak into traditionally non-meat dishes many times since becoming a vegetarian. He confirmed I was okay to eat it and I devoured it. Thankfully, he mentioned that the main flavor of the hummus was smoked paprika. I hadn't used anything beyond traditional paprika before so when I got home I went to work trying to recreate the recipe.

Smoked paprika hummus

I've basically taken a traditional hummus recipe, lightened it up a bit to keep the calories in check, and added the smoked paprika. It's not as rich and creamy since I halved the normal amount of tahini and olive oil but it still has a great taste and is a nice change from 'traditional' hummus!

Smoked Paprika Hummus 

Ingredients:

- 1 15 oz. can of chickpeas (use the water in the can as well!)

- 1/2 T. Olive Oil

- 1.5 T. Tahini

- 1/2 T. Lemon Juice

- 2 to 3 cloves minced garlic

- 1 T. smoked paprika

- Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

- Put it all in a food processor (or blender like I did!) and mix away! I actually drained the chickpeas before using them and had to add about 1/3 c. of water to get it to a nice consistency - hence why I recommend just using the water in the can.

1 serving (2 Tablespoons) = 47 calories. Boom! Most store bought hummus come in at 80-100 calories per serving.

I also had some pita bread that was in danger of going stale so I chopped them up into tiny triangles and baked in the oven (on a parchment lined baking sheet) for about 8 min at 450 degrees. Perfect! IMG_5925

I'm also a fanatic for eating hummus with carrots. The sweet + savory combo gets me every time!

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Finally, because I think no post is every truly complete with out a photo of Salem:

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I'm telling you ... no matter how bad of  a mood I may be in when I see him posted up like this with his little hand cradling his fat I just melt.

What's your favorite type of hummus?  What do you like to use hummus in?