Do you find it hard to think of tasty and creative ways to get more veggies in your diet? This no-bean zucchini artichoke hummus is a great alternative to traditional hummus with similar texture and flavor. This is great for people who do not digest beans very well. In addition, a lot of store bought hummus can contain preservatives and processed soybean oil that has been genetically modified.
Update: With the recent recall in Sabra Hummus and Blue Bell Creamery, foodborne breakdouts are not just a meat problem anymore. DIY food is getting to be more appealing. You can use a safe and natural herb cleaner to wash the veggies in this recipe.
So forget the store bought hummus and dig into this ridiculously quick and easy veggie packed dip.
Make it into a meal by using it as a sauce in pasta dishes, or toss it salads as a dressing. Try putting it into tacos or raw cabbage leaf wraps.
Artichokes are hitting peak season in march, April, and May. If you can’t find fresh artichoke to steam, then you can buy them in cans. Trader Joe’s sells artichokes at a very inexpensive price in jars and in the frozen food section.
So if you do have a stomach sensitivity to beans, then artichokes are the perfect alternative ingredient in hummus. Artichokes are known to help improve digestion and liver function. Artichokes are high in cynarin that stimulates the production of bile, which enables us to absorb vitamins from our food and digest fats. If you want more foods that stimulate digestion try this grapefruit detox smoothie.
This can be a very satisfying food creation that is full of fiber and low in calories. Zucchini has only 19 calories per cup and is a good source of potassium and vitamin c.
Prep time 10 minutes
1 medium sized zucchini chopped (or 1 heaping cup)
3/4 cup chopped artichoke
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp tahini
1 garlic clove chopped
1 tabsp olive oil
salt to taste
Add enough water to a blender or food processor until smooth texture forms.
Try adding different herbs and spices for interesting flavors. Cilantro, cumin, and coriander are used in this hummus version. Other flavors that may be good are basil pesto, chipotle, smoked paprika, or a combination of oregano, cumin, and coriander.
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