I am up to my ears in cilantro! It is growing so fast and we can’t eat it fast enough! I wish I could say the same is true for the rest of our veggies but something has been munching on the beans, red leaf lettuce and kale 🙁
I’ve been adding cilantro to salads, juices and soups but today I decided to throw it in hummus instead. Hummus is so easy to make at home! Not to mention it’s a lot cheaper! Traditional hummus uses tahini, which is ground sesame seeds. To most, sesame seeds are just “decoration” on bagels but they carry a lot of nutritional benefits.
Sesame seeds are believed to be one of the oldest foods dating back to prehistoric times. Egyptians used sesame as medicine around 1500 B.C. and the oil was considered sacred. Sesame seeds were first introduced to the United States in the 17th century. They contain fiber, monounsaturated fats, minerals (iron and calcium) and a lot of protein including the amino acids methionine and tryptophan.
However, the superstar of sesame seeds are lignans, an antioxidant that inhibits cholesterol to be manufactured in the liver as well as reducing the absorption of cholesterol from the diet. This is good news for those who have high cholesterol!
Also, in Chinese medicine sesame seeds are believed to increase milk production in breastfeeding mothers.
Sesame seeds can be added to salads, granola, baked goods or in the form of tahini which is great in hummus and salad dressing.
Lemon Cilantro Hummus
- Reserve 1/4 cup of liquid from canned chickpeas.
- Drain and rinse chickpeas and place in a food processor with the rest of the ingredients.
- Blend until smooth, occasionally scraping down sides.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Enjoy 🙂
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