The weather is finally starting to warm up, and spring break is upon us! The bright, flavorful taste of this Golden Turmeric Hummus makes this recipe perfect to share with friends at all of your spring picnics, potlucks, and get togethers.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
The turmeric plant is related to the ginger plant. Like ginger, you consume the root of the plant when you use turmeric. Turmeric can be added to food in fresh or powdered form. It is easily identified by the beautiful golden color it creates in food.
Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin. Studies suggest that curcumin may help to stimulate bile production by the gallbladder. This increase in bile helps to reduce gas and aid in digestion. Turmeric acts as an antioxidant, a compound which works to prevent cell damage. Other health benefits of turmeric include reduced inflammation and lower cholesterol and blood sugar.
Golden Turmeric Hummus
15.5 ounce can of chickpeas, no salt added (approx. 1.5 cups)
2 tbsp. reserved liquid from chickpeas
2 tbsp. lemon juice
3 tbsp. olive oil
¼ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. ground turmeric
1 clove garlic (optional)
Salt to taste
1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. Scrape sides of bowl, and blend
a few seconds more.
2. Serve with veggies (carrots, celery, radishes, cucumbers, bell pepper, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, blanched broccoli, cauliflower), olives, crackers, and/or pita bread.
Hummus Platter image by Mandy Justiz.