Of Hummus and Flatbread
Traditional hummus is made from chickpeas. But I have been experimenting in the kitchen and on my family! It turns out any dry bean and other legumes will substitute nicely! We don’t raise chickpeas but we do have LOTS of dry beans to choose from, including Dakota Bumblebean, Hidatsa Shield bean, and Hidatsa Red!
Pairing our beans with Sweet Dakota Bliss beets provides many added benefits. Dry beans are a rich source of iron, while beets are high in vitamin C, which helps to utilize and absorb the iron from the hummus. Beets also help lower your blood pressure, relax and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow and enhancing stamina.
AND beets contain powerful phytonutrients! That’s what gives beets their deep maroon color. It is this deep, rich color that may help to ward off cancer. Research has found beets are a unique source of a nutrient that helps protect cells from stress, fights inflammation, protects internal organs, and likely helps prevent numerous chronic diseases, including cancer. Beets are being studied for use in treating human pancreatic, breast, and prostate cancers. “Yes, please!” to those beets!
Basic Hummus Recipe
Use hummus as a veggie dip and forget the ranch dressing! Celery and hummus are a match made in heaven; you don’t even need a spoon! Use hummus as a sandwich spread in place of mayo for added taste and nutrition! Use a pesto hummus and the flatbread recipe below as the basis for your next homemade pizza.
Food should be your gateway to good health! Here’s to a healthful and prosperous New Year!