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Makes 8 servings

½ tsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus ½ cup
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 15-oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed well
Juice of 1 lemon
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp paprika
Parsley sprigs, for garnish
1 package Mediterranean flatbread, or whole-wheat pita bread, cut into triangles and heated
Freshly ground black pepper

Heat ½ tsp olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat for 1 minute. Add the garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes or until golden. Remove from the heat.

In a food processor, combine the garbanzo beans, ½ cup olive oil and cooked garlic; pulse on low speed for 20 seconds. Add the lemon juice, salt and pepper; blend until creamy smooth.

Transfer the hummus to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 20 seconds. Stir thoroughly, and sprinkle with the paprika, garnish with parsley. Serve with the warm bread of your choice and raw vegetables for dipping.

Nutrition facts (per serving): calories 260, fat 15 g (sat. fat 2 g), cholesterol 0 mg, protein 5 g, carbohydrates 28 g, fiber 4 g, sodium 270 mg, sugar 0 g, vitamin D 0, calcium 20 mg, magnesium 35 mg

March 2014