Just when I thought I was entering the world of hohum hummus, along comes pumpkin season! This off-the-beaten-track hummus recipe is a touch sweet, has a bit of a kick, is easy to make, and is (un)surprisingly addictive. I’m not sure anything other than fingers will get pulled through this toothsome delectable.
- 1 cup cooked pumpkin (I used a pie pumpkin, oven baked)
- 1 cup chickpeas (remember, these are the dried variety, soaked overnight and cooked to perfection)
- 2-3 cloves of garlic (reminder to add a couple more next time)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3-4 tbsp tahini (I found an organic brand made by Yum Foods in Kentville, NS — Yay!)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp organic brown rice syrup (substitute agave nectar if you can get it in your neighbourhood)
- 3 – 4 dates
- 1 tsp Thai green curry paste
Blend all the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Serve with fingers pita or veggies for dipping.
I have already enlightened you on the particular beneficence of chickpeas. Now you need to stand tall for pumpkins:
- Pumpkin is very rich in carotenoids, which is known for keeping the immune system of an individual strong and healthy.
- Beta-carotene, found in pumpkin, is a powerful antioxidant as well as an anti-inflammatory agent. It helps prevent build up of cholesterol on the arterial walls, thus reducing chances of strokes.
- Being rich in alpha-carotene, pumpkin is believed to slow the process of aging and also prevent cataract formation.
- Pumpkins have been known to reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a serious eye problem than usually results in blindness.
- The high amount of fiber, present in a pumpkin, is good for the bowel health of an individual.
- Being loaded with potassium, pumpkin is associated with lowering the risk of hypertension.
- The presence of zinc in pumpkins boosts the immune system and also improves the bone density.
So, now is the time to stop carving up these curved, fleshy gourds. No more shall they be just ornamental; opt instead for pumping the power of pumpkin into your strong, health-seeking body. Oh, and start with your tastebuds at attention!
If you are hummus-inclined, this recipe will get you through a very long night awaiting The Great Pumpkin!