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Hummus Pure and Simple

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Today I chatted with Annie Mitchell on the Sonrise Morning show about cilantro and coriander. Last time I made hummus, I sprinkled it with some fresh cilantro. So good!  Here’s the recipe.

Cilantro leafing out before flowering and going to seed

Cilantro leafing out before flowering and going to seed

 

What are the health benefits of Cilantro?

 

It cools a hot tummy and that’s why it’s used along lots of spicy foods.  It contains calcium and is supposed to help remove things like lead from the body.  PLUS it helps inhibit salmonella bacteria. But mainly, it perks up so many dishes, from seafood to salsas.

 

Rita’s easy hummus

It’s one of my most requested.  “Store bought hummus is way too expensive” is my motto.  Better than anything you can buy and a lot less costly. Little Emerson, my granddaughter, loves hummus. If too thick, add a little water.

1 can, 15 oz, chick peas, drained, rinsed and drained

1 teaspoon minced garlic

Lemon juice, olive oil and Tahini (ground sesame seed “paste”)  to taste – start with 3 tablespoons and go from there

Salt to taste

Cumin to taste – start with a teaspoon

Whole milk Greek yogurt to taste – start with 1/4 cup

Cayenne pepper powder to taste – the cilantro in the recipe will cool the pepper down a bit

Handful of chopped cilantro 

Mash chickpeas by hand or in food processor until of desired smoothness.  Add everything else except cilantro and mix. To serve, use Lebanese bread. Top hummus with cilantro right before serving.

Good add ins: Roasted Red Peppers – puree and stir into the hummus

Why this recipe is good for you:

▪    Chickpeas contain protein and calcium.

▪    Tahini is sesame seed paste and high in protein.

▪    Cumin is a good source of iron.

RITA’S EASY HUMMUS 

It’s one of my most requested.  “Store bought hummus is way too expensive” is my motto.  Better than anything you can buy and a lot less costly. Little Emerson, my granddaughter, loves hummus. If too thick, add a little water.

1 can, 15 oz, chick peas, drained, rinsed and drained (I like Jungle Jims Zyad brand – so flavorful and the chick peas are nice and plump)

1 teaspoon minced garlic
Lemon juice, olive oil and Tahini (ground sesame seed “paste”)  to taste – start with 3 tablespoons and go from there
Salt to taste
Cumin to taste – start with a teaspoon
Whole milk Greek yogurt to taste – start with 1/4 cup
Cayenne pepper powder to taste – a tiny bit!
Mash chickpeas by hand or in food processor until of desired smoothness.  Add everything else and mix.
 Why this recipe is good for you:

▪    Chickpeas contain protein and calcium.

▪    Tahini is sesame seed paste and high in protein.

▪    Cumin is a good source of iron.

 

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