Sweet Red Pepper Hummus
Sweet Red Pepper Hummus - Another Convincing Reason Food is Medicine - and Preventive Medicine at that
Red pepper is known for being a super food rich with carotenoids and anti-oxidants known for strong immunity and cancer fighting properties. Dr. Amen notes that telomeres are casings at the ends of chromosomes that shorten with age; people with longer telomeres tend to live longer. A study done by Oxford Journals found “the association between micronutrients and mean TL (telomere length) highlighted a significant role of antioxidant intake, especially beta-carotene (one of the carotenoids), on telomere maintenance.”
Delight your senses with accompaniments you have available. Hummus is great as a dipper. Try it as a side on your salad plate and enjoy any bite with the healthful addition of sweet red pepper hummus. It’s also a good spread for a wrap or toast.
1 can (15 oz) organic garbanzo (chickpeas) beans rinsed and drained. If you have sensitive digestion, try Nourishing Traditions recipe to soak and simmer dried chickpeas instead of using garbanzo beans canned
One whole roasted sweet red pepper with seeds scraped off. I use an organic jarred variety.
1 -2 cloves garlic chopped to taste
1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil. Start with a few teaspoons and add to suit your taste and preference for thickness
¼ tsp ground cumin or paprika plus some for sprinkling
3 Tbsp. lemon juice. Fresh is always best
1/2 cup organic tahini (sesame seed paste you will find near nut butters in your grocery store)
Blend garbanzos, garlic, lemon juice and tahini in food processor until smooth.
Add spice to taste and gently blend.
Add oil through feed tube slowly until desired consistency. (maybe a little more or less)
Taste test and adjust with spices or anything else desired
Put in serving bowl, sprinkle with cumin or paprika
Serve with crudite’ (raw vegetables) or whole grain, sprouted or rice tortillas.
Tortillas can be heated on baking stone at 350 degrees for about five minutes until crispy and broken into chips for a truly baked chip.
It is also good on toast for breakfast. Sprinkle with sprouts or sunflower seeds. Hummus travels well in lunch boxes. It refrigerates well for a few of days.
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