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Beans are a great source of nonanimal protein, and they can be used creatively in many different cooking styles. One of the tastiest dishes containing beans as its main ingredient is hummus, which is made with chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans). Along with having protein, chickpeas are also rich in fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin B6 and zinc. You even get 9 milligrams of vitamin C with each cup of chickpeas. Making hummus is a simple process. Take cooked or canned chickpeas, process them with tahini (sesame paste), garlic, lemon juice and some spices - more healthy, wholesome ingredients, in other words - and you've got hummus. Or you can buy it ready made, of course.

Hummus is both a spread and a dip. Slice a pita in half, open it up and spread on the hummus. Add some roasted red pepper and a lot of lettuce (one of the dark green varieties) and it's part of a yummy sandwich. Or instead of the pepper, use cucumber, tomato, turkey or whatever else strikes your fancy. Cut up a bunch of fresh vegetables - carrots, celery, green and red peppers, and zucchini, for example - and use hummus as a dip. You can actually design a whole light, healthy lunch around hummus.

While it is easy enough to find hummus in most supermarkets and health food stores, nothing beats its taste when it's freshly made. Here is a delicious basic recipe from the Veggie Table. Whether your hummus is store bought or fresh, serve it in one of your prettiest bowls, add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil over the top and finish it off with a sprinkling of paprika and chopped parsley. A dish that's doing so much for your health deserves a nice presentation!

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