I mentioned Green Olives and Coriander Hummus in my last post, so here it is. I selected this at this time for a few reasons. First of all, it is a wonderful hearty vegetarian appetizer, condiment, or meal spread on whole what toast or on pita bread. Yesterdays, meditation experience left me craving energy, which the garbanzo beans in the hummus provide fortified with healthy fiber and protein. The olives are a natural and healthy fat, which suffice so that I have no need to use olive oil in the preparation of the hummus – a common practice in making hummus. Hence, less processed foods. Lastly, the deep-green leaves of the Cilantro or Coriander possess good amounts of antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins, and dietary fiber, which may help reduce LDL or “bad cholesterol” levels in the blood. Doesn’t it all sound just right when you are on your way to a healthy path, mind, body, and soul?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not dedicating myself to being a vegetarian or a health fanatic that has given up sweets or fat. This Green Olives and Coriander Humus tastes nothing like I’m trying to be healthy, yet it leaves you with a guilt free good feeling. It is also simple and easy to make in minutes, just like the meditation practices. That is what I’m going for. So here it is – Green Olives and Coriander Hummus, a lovely and unique hummus to go along with the kick start of the 21 Day Meditation Experience – Become What You Believe.
Green Olives and Coriander Humus
1 (14 ounce) can chickpeas or garbanzo beans, drained (reserve the liquid)
1⁄4 cup tahini
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 garlic cloves
1⁄3 cup fresh coriander
1⁄3 cup green olives, pitted
Fresh ground pepper, to taste
Sea salt, to taste
In a food processor or blender combine the chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, coriander and olives and process until blended. Add salt and pepper to desired taste. Add a little bit of the reserved bean liquid to get to the hummus texture you desire. Serve in a bowl topped with olives alongside vegetables, pita bread or crackers.