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Tahini is sesame seed butter and can usually be found near the peanut butter in the grocery store. Sesame seeds are a good source of bone-building calcium and copper, a vital mineral needed in metabolic processes that control inflammation. Sesame contains phytosterols that help lower LDL-cholesterol and unique lignans Sesamin and Sesamolin found to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties — making this hummus and excellent addition to a heart-healthy diet.

Cooking Tip: to release more juice out of a lemon-press it with the palm of your hand and roll it around on a firm surface until it softens.

Serving Suggestions: Serve hummus with raw vegetables or your favorite crackers.


2 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed, drained (3 cups)

1/2 cup tahini

1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup fresh organic lemon juice (about 2 lemons) Note: If you cannot find organic lemons buy USA grown.

6 cloves garlic, minced or pressed

2 teaspoons cumin

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

Garnish suggestions: chopped red onion, sliced black olives, paprika, drizzle of olive oil

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth and fluffy.

Sustainable Diets recipe, developed by Teri Underwood, R.D., M.S., C.D.

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