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Hummus with Fresh Herbs

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  • 1 CAN OF GARBANZO BEANS, DRAINED BUT SAVE THE LIQUID
  • 1-2 TABLE SPOONS TAHINI (SESAME PASTE)
  • 3 TABLESPOONS LEMON JUICE
  • 1-2 LARGE CLOVES GARLIC (SUIT YOUR GARLIC TASTES)
  • ¼ TEASPOON SALT
  • 1/8 CUP OF GOOD VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
  • 1/4 CUP FRESH PARSLEY (OPTIONAL)
  1. PLACE ALL INGREDIENTS IN THE FOOD PROCESSOR AND BLEND UNTIL SMOOTH (ADD A LITTLE OF THE RESERVED LIQUID IF TOO THICK)
  2. OPTIONS (CHOOSE ONE OR ALL!): PUREE SOME ROASTED RED PEPPER, ¼- ½ CUP OF KALAMATA OLIVES, FRESH ROSEMARY, CAYENNE, CUMIN, CHIPTOLE, SCALLIONS

SERVE WITH BREADSTICKS, FRESH CUT UP VEGETABLES, USE AS SANDWICH SPREAD, USE AS BASE FOR TAPAS/CROSTINIS

NOTE ABOUT SESAME SEEDS: Sesame seeds are full of calcium, magnesium, copper, vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fiber. They offer the most nutritional value when the entire seed is used (un-hulled).

Whole sesame seeds contain about 88 mg of calcium per tablespoon of seeds. Just a quarter cup of natural sesame seeds provides more calcium than a whole cup of milk. A quarter cup of raw natural sesame seeds has 351 mg of calcium while one cup of non-fat milk has 316.3 mg, and one cup of whole milk has only 291 mg of calcium. Plus, they are alkaline whereas milk is acidic.

Sesame seeds are also rich in zinc, another mineral that has a positive effect on bone mineral density. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a correlation between low dietary intake of zinc and osteoporosis at the hip and spine.1 Copper, better known for its anti-inflammatory ability shown to reduce some of the pain and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis, is also a supporter of bone and blood vessel health.

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