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Hummus Dressing- makes 1 1/4c.

2 scallions (green onions), chopped white and greens

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 lemon, zest and juice

1/4c. parsley, chopped

1/4c. tahini (I use Artisana Raw Tahini)

1/2c. canola oil or olive oil (I used a combo of both)

1 tsp. cumin

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. garlic salt

1/4 tsp. onion powder

1/4c. water

Directions:

1. Place the scallions, garlic, parsley, lemon juice and zest in the food processor, pulse to combine. Next add tahini, cumin, cayenne, salt, garlic salt and onion powder to the pulsed mixture and pulse again to combine.

2. With the motor running add the oil until combined. Turn off, scrape down sides. With the motor running again add the water. If you think you need more, add it until you get the desired consistency.

3. Taste for seasoning and then store in a container and refrigerate.

Nutrition:

Tahini- Tahini is a ground sesame seed paste, similar to peanut butter. It is a creamy, oily, and smooth nut butter rich in calcium and iron.

Lemon- Lemons are a good source of vitamin C, B6, potassium, folic acid, flavonoids and the important  phytochemical limonene.

Parsley- Extremely rich in a number of nutrients including chlorophyll and carotenes. Parsley is a good source of vitamin C, folic acid and iron. It is also a good source of minerals including magnesium, calcium, potassium and zinc.

Olive oil- Healthy oils are important in the prevention and treatment of asthma, arthritis and cancer. Healthy oils are important for lowering systemic inflammation. Research has shown that women who regularly ingest olive oil have a smaller risk of breast cancer.

Love:

Lately I have been getting request from friends like, “can you develop an app for my phone of your blog, so that I can just click on it and it tell me what to make for dinner.” Maybe someday! Or “hey can you break down the nutrition stats for each recipe, example fats, carbs, protein, etc?” I wish! That takes more time than you think. But the other day I got a request that I thought was doable, my client Cindy is in love with this ‘hummus dressing’ from Trader Joe’s. Well, we don’t have a Trader Joe’s so she asked me if I could work on a recipe for her craving. I did just that, VOILA! Hummus Dressing. I think this will work just fine, just before I got started on the recipe I sent my friend Sadie in California a text that read “if you go to Trader Joe’s today can you look for ‘hummus dressing’ and take a picture of the ingredient label for me? Thanks.” My under cover mission worked and guess what? My version was much healthier and I was happy to finally meet one of these request.

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