Recipe: Garlic Hummus with Lentil Chips

by JJ Virgin on August 3, 2016

If you’ve never tasted homemade hummus, you’re in for a treat! It has a depth and richness all its own, and it’s so quick and easy to make. The addition of garlic and Tabasco give this recipe a little extra zip, making it the perfect companion for yummy, protein-rich lentil chips. This is a surefire hit for your Lunch at the Beach menu.

Lunch at the Beach Menu – Recipe #3

Garlic Hummus with Lentil Chips


August 3, 2016

Homemade hummus has a deep, rich flavor that puts store-bought versions to shame. With the zip of garlic and Tabasco, this recipe is a winner!

Virgin Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3
Sugar Impact Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yields: 8 servings


3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

4 garlic, thinly sliced

1 (15-ounce) organic, no-salt-added chickpeas, drained

4 tsp tahini paste

zest of one lemon

2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 tsp Tabasco sauce (or more to taste)

2 tbsp water (plus more as needed)

1/4 tsp sea salt

4 oz. lentil chips


1Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, 1-1/2 to 2 minutes. Transfer the garlic and any oil in the pan to a small bowl and let cool for 2 minutes.

2Combine the chickpeas, tahini, lemon zest, lemon juice, Tabasco sauce, water, and the garlic and oil in a food processor and process to a puree.

3Transfer to a bowl and stir in the salt. For a slightly thinner consistency, stir in additional 1-2 tablespoons of water. Serve with lentil chips.

This recipe is part of the Lunch at the Beach Menu, with Chipotle Deviled Eggs, BLT & Avocado Wraps, Garlic Hummus with Lentil Chips, and Fresh Fruit with Cinnamon Almond Butter. Check out the Lunch at the Beach Menu and Guide for links to all the recipes, plus more fun activities and tips for a fantastic beach picnic!

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Originally published in JJ Virgin's Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook, Grand Central Life & Style, 2015


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size3 tablepsoons
Sodium190 milligrams
Protein4 grams
Sugar1 gram
Total Fat8 grams
Saturated Fat1 gram
Total Carbohydrates17 grams
Dietary Fiber2 grams
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Keep reading for more easy recipes that are just right for a beach picnic. The first recipes in our Lunch at the Beach menu were Chipotle Deviled Eggs and a delicious twist on a classic, BLT & Avocado Wraps. Now you’ve got tasty Garlic Hummus with Lentil Chips. The last item on our yummy, summery menu? Fresh Fruit with Cinnamon Almond Butter – a family-friendly crowd-pleaser that’s good all year round.

To finish off your beach fun, next time you’ll get a fun Lunch at the Beach guide, with tips and ideas for your very best day at the beach. Enjoy your time in the sun and waves with a quick game of Sand Pictionary or Beach Ball Relay, then make a vacation memento with seashells. And don’t forget about an easy way to make sure you’ve got cold drinks on hand all day.