It was late afternoon, I was craving some very bad for you pretzels, I somehow eluded the gas station that carries them and made it home safely. Now to make something quick and satisfying; I had been eating raw the past 24 hours so I wanted to keep it going. I had limited time and needed to get back to work! My solution was some very tasty RAW Hummus. Please note Tahini is what I call a “semi-processed” food it is not in its WHOLE FOOD form (the sesame seed).
RAW Hummus Recipe
1 med zucchini
1/2 cup Tahini
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1 Teaspoon Cumin
1 Large Garlic Clove
Garnish with sprinkles of Paprika & Zahtar
Peel the zucchini, chop and place in blender with rest of ingredients. I had to add 1/2 cup spring water because my blender is weak. Today I ate the hummus with fresh carrot and red pepper slices. Would have loved some cucumber with it!
Note: the Zahtar (or Za’atar) is not something usually served on Hummus, but I LOVE it so I added some. Zahtar is Popular throughout Turkey and North Africa, it is a spice blend comprised of sesame seeds mixed with powdered sumac and dried thyme. Usually available at Middle Eastern Markets or online.
I finished it off with a lovely bowl of Fresh Pineapple!
Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to development of strong bones and connective tissue. A cup of fresh pineapple will give you nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount. Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, is the key to pineapple’s value. Proteolytic means “breaks down protein”, which is why pineapple is known to be a digestive aid. It helps the body digest proteins more efficiently.Bromelain is also considered an effective anti-inflammatory. Fresh pineapple is also high vitamin C, and because of the bromelain, it has the ability to reduce mucus in the throat. If you have a cold with a productive cough, add pineapple to your diet.