Pumpkin Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 1 can organic Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans), drained, liquid reserved

  • 1 cup organic pumpkin purée

  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 1 Garlic Clove (crushed)

  • 1/2 tsp Cumin

  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt

  • 1/4 tsp Sesame Oil

  • 1/2 tsp Paprika, Smoked (for garnish)

Directions:

  1. Purée garbanzo beans, lemon juice, 1 Tbsp of the olive oil, garlic, cumin, salt, and sesame oil in a food processor.

  2. Add reserved liquid from chickpeas into the mixture while blending until desired consistency is achieved.

  3. Drizzle the top with remaining olive oil and sprinkle with smoked paprika to garnish.

  4. Serve or refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to develop.

For dipping, pair with carrots, celery, sliced bell peppers, radishes, cucumber slices, or any of your favorite fresh vegetables.

Heart Healthy Red Pepper Hummus

The garbanzo beans and olive oil in this recipe both help with blood fat regulation, including lowering levels of LDL-cholesterol (bad cholesterol), total cholesterol, and triglycerides. The red pepper is rich in lycopene and vitamins A and C, all of which are fabulous for heart health.

Ingredients:

1 can organic garbanzo beans (chickpeas)

1/2 organic red bell pepper

1/3 cup organic tahini (usually found in the nut butter aisle)

2 Tbsp organic extra virgin olive oil

2-3 cloves organic garlic, peeled and minced

Juice of 1 medium OR 2 small organic lemons 

1 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp ground coriander

Himalayan or sea salt to taste

Directions: 

Puree all ingredients in food until smooth and creamy.

Enjoy with a rainbow of fresh organic veggies: 
carrots, celery, radishes, squash, zucchini, string beans, bell peppers, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, etc.