Rosemary Artichoke Hummus

Artichoke hearts lend a delightful creaminess to this hummus. A definite crowd pleaser!

This recipe was inspired by The Inadvertent Gardener.

We had private photo and film viewing party at our house recently for a budding photographer named Anneliese Zemp and the non-profit organization Unite Our World. It was amazing. Oodles of guests showed up in support to see the Anneliese's photographs and Unite Our World's documentary film about their efforts to build a self-sustaining medical clinic in a remote village in Uganda called Kampala. Yes, the evening was totally inspiring. And the food was pretty tasty too.

What does one serve at a nosh-friendly party? Hummus, of course! This new take on the old-standby that was well-received by the crowd. This recipe can easily be doubled if you're expecting lots of hungry folks to show up at your door. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 cloves roasted garlic, or 1 tsp. garlic powder 3 or 4 Tbs. fresh rosemary, roughly chopped, or a large pinch dried rosemary 1 15-ounce can chickpeas (or soak and cook your own) 1 15-ounce oz. can quartered artichoke hearts, packed in water 2 Tbs. tahini Juice of one lemon 3 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil 1 drop doTerra rosemary essential oil Salt to taste

Method:

Combine the garlic and rosemary in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse 8 to 10 times to chop.

Add all but 1 handful of the chickpeas, all but 1 small handful artichoke hearts, and the tahini to the bowl of the food processor. Add the essential oil to the lemon juice, stir, and add to the bowl of the food processor. Process for approximately 30 seconds. Scrape the bowl and process again while drizzling in the olive oil. Add a smidge more olive oil if the hummus feels too dry.

Add salt to taste.

Chop the remaining artichoke hearts.

Garnish the finished hummus with remaining chickpeas and artichoke, more fresh or dried rosemary and/or parsley, toasted pine nuts, paprika, and olive oil.

Serve with crackers, bread, or crudité such as jicama or daikon radish rounds for dipping. Enjoy!

*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!

Click here to learn more about doTerra Essential Oils.

Benefits:

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.

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.

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.

Rosemary Essential Oil: Rosemary essential oil is an analgesic, anti-arthritic, antibacterial, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and antioxidant. It is commonly used for calm and stress relief, cold and flu, hair care, arthritic pain, asthma, bronchitis, and digestive issues. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

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.

Uplifting Crangerine Smoothie

Cranberries and tangerine essential oil make this smoothie a winter-time favorite. Even when there are negative temps outside, this smoothie will make you warm and happy on the inside! It's been f-f-f-frreeeezing here lately. For mornings when I feel the need to perk up and be warm, I add tangerine essential oil to my smoothie. Tangerine essential oil is a natural digestive aid, blood purifier, and circulation enhancer. So if you're feeling sluggish, add a drop to your breakfast. You'll be amazed...and inspired to be amazing.

Ingredients: (For 2 Servings)

2 cups coconut water

1 cup frozen cranberries

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 drop doTerra tangerine essential oil

*Optional: 1 Scoop high-quality protein powder

Method:

Put all ingredients into a blender, and blend to smithereens. Divide between two glasses. Serve and enjoy!

*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 2-serving smoothie. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTerra Essential Oils.

Benefits:

Blueberries: These berries should get their own cape. They are a superfood, packed with antioxidants that can help prevent cancer, meanwhile protecting your nervous system and brain health. They're rich with manganese, and Vitamins K and C, and are also a good source of dietary fiber. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Coconut Water: Coconut water is perfect for replenishing simple sugars, electrolytes, and minerals within the body. It contains cytokinins with significant anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic properties, and is very soothing to the digestive tract. But there's so much more! See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Cranberries: These berries are a pharmocopia of phytonutrients with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. Including cranberry to one's diet has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic inflammation in the stomach, large intestine, mouth (gums), and cardiovascular system, and is thought to help prevent and reduce urinary tract infections. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Tangerine Essential Oil: DoTerra’s Tangerine Essential oil is an extremely powerful blood purifying agent, digestive aid, anti-septic, and relaxant. It can help improve blood circulation, and reduces internal inflammation. The neurological benefits abound as well. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Lavender Coconut Smoothie

This soothing and uplifting smoothie is a perfect way to start the day or fuel up as an afternoon snack. Even though my Ayervedic friends would chide me for drinking cold beverages in the winter, I've been having a mad love affair with smoothies in the morning. They're quick, easy, and versatile, and SO much fun to play around with. The most fun ingredients I've been experimenting with lately are essential oils.

Today's smoothie called for lavender. Known as the "Swiss Army Knife" of essential oils, lavender has a myriad of benefits from easing tension and depression to soothing digestive issues. When ingested internally, lavender essential oil can boost your immune system while promoting healthy cell-generation. Did I mention it's delicious? But don't take my word for it. Try this:

Ingredients: (For 2 Servings)

2 cups coconut water

1 large handful shredded coconut

2 cups frozen blueberries

1 drop doTerra lavender essential oil

*Optional: 1 Scoop high-quality protein powder

Method:

Put all ingredients into a blender, and blend to smithereens. Divide between two glasses. Serve and enjoy!

*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 2-serving smoothie. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to purchase doTerra Essential Oils.

Benefits:

Blueberries: These berries should get their own cape. They are a superfood, packed with antioxidants that can help prevent cancer, meanwhile protecting your nervous system and brain health. They're rich with manganese, and Vitamins K and C, and are also a good source of dietary fiber. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Coconut Water: Coconut water is perfect for replenishing simple sugars, electrolytes, and minerals within the body. It contains cytokinins with significant anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic properties, and is very soothing to the digestive tract. But there's so much more! See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Lavender Essential Oil: Known as the "mother of all oils" for its sedative, mood modulating, analgesic (reduces pain), anxiolytic (reduces anxiety), and anti-carcinogenic properties. It is also great for digestion, and has a calming and soothing effect. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Pepita Sun Butter

This high-protein blend of toasted pepitas and sunflower seeds goes with everything. I am on a nut and seed butter kick. They're just so darn yummy and can come in all sorts of flavor variations. Plus my husband likes them too, so we can hardly keep a jar around for more than a few days. But if allowed, these nut and seed butters can last in the fridge for up to a couple of weeks.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups organic raw or roasted pepitas

1 1/2 cups organic roasted and salted (or unsalted) sunflower seeds (or you can roast your own)

1 tbs. organic canola or olive oil

1 tbs. honey

*Only use a pinch of salt if using unsalted sunflower seeds

Method:

Vitamix: Pour all seeds into blender. Drizzle with oil, honey, and optional sprinkle of salt. Turn on low, then turn up to high. Blend and stir using tamper until creamy (1-2 minutes). WARNING: Don’t process longer than 1 minute at a time or you risk burning out your motor.

Blender: WARNING: Not all blenders are created equal. Not recommended unless you have a muy strong blender or are ready to face the consequences if you’re seeds are tougher than your blender.

Food Processor: Same as Vitamix instructions, but you will need to turn off food processor and scrape the sides with a spatula as the consistency goes from chopped to meal to a creamy buttery consistency.

Put the finished product in a glass jar and put in the refrigerator until ready to consume.

Health Benefits:

Pepitas (Hulled Pumpkin Seeds): These babies are packed with zinc and vitamin E, but are also excellent sources of manganese, tryptophan, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper. They are also very high in protein. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Sunflower Seeds: A handful of sunflower seeds will supply significant amounts of vitamin E (the body's primary fat-soluble antioxidant, which is also an anti-inflamatory and cardiovascular health superstar), magnesium (which has been said to help reduce the severity of asthma, lower high blood pressure, and prevent migraine headaches, as well as reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke), and selenium (helpful for DNA and cellular repair). See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Homemade Almond Cashew Butter

Homemade nut butters go with anything, but my favorite way to partake is with a freshly sliced honeycrisp apple. I just learned a dangerous new skill: making nut and seed butters. They are generally less expensive to make at home, and you can control the ingredients so you don't eat any less-than-healthy hidden ingredients (like preservatives and sugar). But they are very delicious, so beware, or you might accidentally eat the whole container-ful in one sitting...NOT that I'm speaking from experience or anything.

Serve this almond/cashew butter with apple slices, veggies, slathered on good bread, added to your favorite smoothie...get creative, the combinations are endless. Good fats abound, and these butters are also a good source of protein.

*Note: If you're serving this with apple slices, try squeezing a little lemon juice and a sprinkle of sea salt to really make the flavors pop. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups organic roasted (not salted) almonds

1 1/2 cups organic roasted (not salted) cashews

1 tbs. organic canola oil

1 tbs. honey

Pinch salt

Method:

Vitamix: Pour all nuts into blender. Drizzle with oil, honey, and sprinkle of salt. Turn on low, then turn up to high. Blend and stir using tamper until creamy (1-2 minutes). WARNING: Don't process longer than 2 minutes or you risk burning out your motor.

Blender: WARNING: Not all blenders are created equal. Not recommended unless you have a muy strong blender or are ready to face the consequences if you're nuts are tougher than your blender...No, that is not supposed to be a metaphor for anything.

Food Processor: Same as Vitamix instructions, but you will need to turn off food processor and scrape the sides with a spatula as the consistency goes from chopped to meal to a creamy buttery consistency. See here for a beautiful photo tutorial.

Health Benefits:

Almonds: Almonds are a Supernut. High in monounsaturated fats (associated with reduced risk of heart disease), almonds contain high amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. They are also high in protein, which makes them an ideal snack. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Cashews: Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, and approximately 75% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids. What’s more is that about 75% of this unsaturated fatty acid content is oleic acid, the same monounsaturated or “good fat” found in olive oil. This super nut is also packed with copper, manganese, magnesium, and tryptophan (the “feel good” amino acid”). See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.