Hummus is another delicious vegetarian recipe that’s super-easy to make. Just mix the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy (about 3 minutes). I have to give credit to my mom for this recipe. She’s been making this for me since I was a small child, and now offers this as one of many delicious vegetarian dishes in her cafe in Woodstock, IL – Expressly Leslie Vegetarian Specialties. This is a modified version of her recipe. If you happen to live in the Woodstock area, stop into her cafe for this and other delicious vegetarian cuisine!


  • 1 large can (29 ounces) Ziyad Chick Peas (or roughly 3 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Tahina (recommend the Ziyad brand again here)
  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 rounded teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/4 Cup bean liquid


  1. Drain the chick peas, setting the liquid aside
  2. Place cloves of garlic in a food processor and pulse to mince (scrape from sides of bowl as needed)
  3. Add all other ingredients except the bean liquid (drained from the can of chick peas)
  4. Turn on food processor, then slowly add the bean liquid through the food processor’s tube while it’s running (you may choose to use more or less bean liquid to get your desired consistency)
  5. Blend until smooth and creamy (about 3-5 minutes)
  6. Place hummus in a bowl, then drizzle some Extra Virgin Olive Oil and sprinkle some paprika on top
  7. Serve with fresh, warmed pita bread