Cpk’s Tuscan Hummus Made Skinny...


6 medium garlic cloves or more, if desired
2 cans (15 -ounce) white beans drained (Great Northern Beans) and rinsed
4 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon salt
For the Checca
2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Whole wheat pita bread and pita chips (we found both at


To prepare the hummus: In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, process the garlic cloves until finely minced. Stop the processor to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Add the beans, Tahini, lemon juice, water, olive oil, soy sauce, cumin, salt, pepper, cayenne and process until combined. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Continue to process until smooth.
Place the hummus in a serving bowl or plate.
To prepare the Checca: In a medium bowl toss together all the Checca ingredients.
Place the hummus in a serving bowl or plate. Arrange the Checca on top.
Surround hummus with pita triangles and pita chips and serve. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
Skinny Facts: for 2 tablespoons Tuscan Hummus 116 calories, 5g fat, 5g protein, 14g carbs, 4g fiber, 401mg sodium, 1g sugar Fat Facts: for 2 tablespoons CPK’s Tuscan Hummus 225 calories, 17g fat, 5g protein, 15g carbs, 4g fiber, 707mg sodium, 2g sugar
Shopping Tip: You’ll find Tahini (sesame paste) in the international section of most supermarkets. Trader Joe’s sells a variety of pita breads. We used their whole wheat. They also sell delicious bags of pita chips with sea salt. These are baked and contain 50%% less fat than regular potato chips. You’ll find these in the chips aisle.




I love the Tuscan Hummus in California Pizza Kitchen’s cookbook. It’s made with ingredients that are all good for you. What makes it uniquely Italian is using white beans instead of garbanzo beans found in a traditional recipe. It’s loaded with fresh garlic, Tahini, olive oil and
seasonings. My skinny version retains the same great taste but with a fraction of the fat and calories. I'm including a Checca topping just like theirs. This skinny dip has 116 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving. CPK’s has 225 calories and 17 grams of fat for the same serving size. That’s a big difference and you’ll love this recipe!


2.0 ⅔ cups


Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 8:40am


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