By Dianne Bunis

Ring in the New Year with a resolution to eat healthier foods. A healthy snack or hors d'oeuvre, hummus is a delicious dip that originated in the Middle East, is high in protein, contains antioxidants that reduce stress and help maintain a healthy heart. Make a batch for your New Year's celebration, whether you're headed to a friend's party or staying in to watch the Big Ball drop. Myself, I'm headed north with my skis in search of white stuff. Happy and healthy 2013!

Red Pepper Hummus

2 large garlic cloves, chopped

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained

1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (no seeds)

1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers (if using from a jar, drain)


In a blender or food processor, combine garlic and olive oil. Next, add chickpeas, tahini and lemon juice and process until mixture is smooth, scraping down sides of bowl.

Add roasted peppers and blend until the peppers are finely chopped. Season with salt and pepper.

Make a day ahead, cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before serving with crudité (a variety of raw vegetables), pita bread, flat bread or crackers.