Spicy Tahini Hummus

By Charlotte Carson

Aside from its culinary uses, tahini offers several health benefits. You may like to pair with this recipe: Moroccan Vegetable Stew

Benefits Of Tahini

  • Highly nutritious, tahini is full of healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. In fact, just 1 tablespoon (15 grams) provides more than 10% of the Daily Value (DV) for some nutrients
  • Packed with anti-oxidants, tahini contains antioxidants called lignans, which help prevent free radical damage in your body and may reduce your risk of disease
  • Anti bacterial properties: antibacterial capacity of sesame seed extract, researchers found that it was effective against 77% of the drug-resistant bacterial samples tested
  • Rich in vitamin E,  sesame seeds in tahini contain loads of gamma-tocopherol, a type of vitamin E comprised of 30 to 40 percent of the total vitamin E content in our skin, muscles, and adipose tissues. This type of vitamin E playing a role in preventing sunspots, irregular pigmentation, and wrinkles.

Recipe

Ingredients
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas
  • 4 freshly squeezed lemons
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1 tsp paprika, smoked
  • 1 salt & pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 tbsp. water
Instructions
  1. Add the chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, smoked paprika, water, salt & pepper to a food processor.
  2.  Blend on high, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.
  3. If the hummus is too thick, add more water or additional olive oil and blend again until the desired consistency is reached.
  4. Transfer to a bowl and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from the fridge and top with additional olive oil, chick peas, smoked paprika and/or fresh parsley.
  6. Serve with warm pita and/or veggies.