Mama's Medicinal Hummus

 

Hummus is one of those foods that is always nice have around for snacking. Some fresh cut veggies with this protein packed dip is a wonderful way to fill an afternoon hunger spell without reaching for junk. I modified and improved this hummus recipe. It now has more of a fusion flare going on. The focus in the past was turmeric and garlic and I've now expanded it to more herbs and even better flavor. I hope you agree! My kids do....especially my 15 month old who eats it straight with a spoon! 

You may be wondering what is so medicinal about this hummus and I'm here to tell you that just about everything in this hummus is medicinal!

Let me preface by saying that these herbs have so many different medicinal properties and I am only focusing on a couple of those properties that these herbs all have in common for the sake of time and my attempt to not overwhelm you with too much at once. 

So here's the lowdown...

Turmeric, garlic, cilantro, and coriander seeds all contain anti inflammatory properties supporting our bodies to be in a balanced and calmer state. These herbs also support the body to improve digestion. Because it improves digestion, it will assist you in assimilating the nutrients from your food which will likely cause you to feel more full and eat less. Some more benefits these herbs share is that they can lower LDL cholesterol, lower blood sugar, and promote healthy liver function. Pretty incredible, don't you think so?! Here is the recipe you have been waiting for. I hope you all enjoy it as much as my family has!

 

Recipe:

Medicinal Hummus

Ingredients:

Chickpeas (2 cups cooked)

Green Lentils (2 cups cooked)

Fresh Turmeric {Curcuma longa} (1 tsp. grated)

Garlic (2 cloves)

Fresh Cilantro (1/2 cup)

Coriander seeds (1 tsp.)

Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil (2 Tbsp.)

Tahini (1/4 cup)

Lemon juice (1/4 cup)

Spring Water (optional if you want thinner hummus)

Salt (1/2 tsp or to your taste)

Black Pepper (3/4 tsp. or to your taste)

Black sesame seeds and cilantro sprigs for garnish

 

Directions:

1. Put the chickpeas, lentils, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, & olive oil in a blender or food processor and blend. Slowly add some water and blend if you desire a thinner consistency.

2. Add in cilantro, fresh turmeric, salt, and pepper

3. Empty the hummus into a bowl and stir in the coriander seeds.

5. Drizzle with garnish and serve