My husband has been working 25 hours a day lately, and eats in 30 seconds bursts. When I hear him running down the stairs at 100 hundred miles an hour, I like to have a pantry full of protein packed snacks so he doesn't have to lolligag while making a lunch decision. For times like these, hummus is a great staple. I usually make about a batch per week, and the possibilities are endless. You can use just about any type of bean, throw in a little tahini, nut, or seed butter, some spices and other veggies, olive oil, salt and peppa, and tadá! You've got yourself a high- (and complete) protein snack or meal that can store for up to a few days in the fridge...but I can guarantee it won't last more than a day or two. Yum!
This batch features two of my most favorite ingredients: green chile and cilantro. In combination they bring a deeply ethnic flavor and feel to the dish, and go great with any kind of corn chip (certified GMO-free, si vous plait!). I particularly enjoy Garden of Eatin's Red Hot Blue chips because they're perfectly salted with a little kick of red chile powder. Takes me back to my New Mexican roots. Enjoy!
1 clove garlic, chopped or pressed (or you can use a hefty sprinkle of garlic powder)
1 (19 ounce) can garbanzo beans (or soak your own and cook according to package directions which I think is waaay better)
Juice of 1/2 a lemon, or 1 drop doTerra lemon essential oil
2 heaping tablespoons tahini
1 small roasted green chile, chopped OR 1 small can medium Hatch green chile (Certified Non-GMO!)
1 tbs. chopped cilantro
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons-ish olive oil
.5-1 drop doTerra cilantro oil
Rinse garbanzos and pour into blender, reserving a couple tablespoons for garnish.
Place lemon juice, essential oil, tahini, chopped garlic, 1/2 the cilantro, and salt in blender.
Blend until creamy and well mixed. (Add a little water and/or olive oil if not blending easily.)
Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl. Stir in the chopped green chile.
Garnish with reserved garbanzo beans, the remaining green chile and cilantro, and drizzle with olive oil.
*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.
*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per dish. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!
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This bean/seed combo makes a complete protein, which means that all the amino acids your body needs are present in this combination. See here for other complete protein combos to get the most out of your nutrients. Enjoy!
Cilantro: Cilantro is a powerful cleansing agent which helps remove heavy metals and other toxins from the body. It's also beneficial for the digestive tract due to its production of digestive enzymes, acids, and juices. Its essential oils stimulate peristalsis, relieve gas, and aid with digestion. Cilantro also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and helps to increase HDL cholesterol (the good kind), and reduces LDL cholesterol (the bad kind. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.
Cilantro Oil: Cilantro is a great digestive aid and is a powerful antioxidant. It helps control free radicals and leaches heavy metals from the human body. It is also a strong antibacterial and anti fungicide agent. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.
Garbanzo Beans: Also known as “chickpeas,” these beans are particularly high in insoluble fiber, which means you have a squeaky clean colon and feel fuller for longer when eating these legumes. They are also extremely high in lots of nutrients such as manganese, folate, and tryptophan. They are a great source of plant-based protein. If you find legumes make you gassy, try pre-soaking them for easier digestion. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.
Green Chile: Aside from being one of the most delicious foods on the planet, green chile is rich in fiber, contains no fat, cholesterol, or sodium. Meanwhile, it is packed with Vitamins A and C (essential for bone, tooth, mucosal, and eye health). See here for additional health benefits and nutritional info.
Tahini: Sesame seeds (of which tahini is made) are jam packed with manganese and copper, and are a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, and dietary fiber. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.
Olive Oil: Olive Oil is packed phytonutrients including polyphenols. Most of the polyphenols in olive oil function as both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients in the body. When eaten in moderation, olive oil can be very beneficial to our gastrointestinal and cardiovascular health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.
Lemon Juice: Lemons (and limes) are vitamin C powerhouses. Great for immunity, vitamin C can also be helpful for preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.
Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon oil has many properties including anticancer, antidepressant, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and antioxidant. It is refreshing and invigorating, had can be used to help lower blood pressure, improve memory, ease sore throats and anxiety, help dissolve cellulite, boost energy, calm digestive problems, cleanse the lymphatic system, and promote a sense of well-being. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.