Pickling food is an ancient way to preserve it for later use. It is thought that pickling of food began in ancient India, approximately 4000 years ago. Pickling was devised to preserve foods which were being taken on long journeys to prevent them spoiling.
Pickling various foods preserved them for longer periods, ensuring that out of season foods could still be eaten. These types of preserved foods were ideal for long sea voyages as they ensured the crew had ample food for the entire journey. The indians used mainly native cucumbers to pickle and the pratice eventually spread to Europe and the Americas.
When trade between contients was established, the pratice of pickling became popular to preserve new types of foods for later consumption. Although in the past, pickling was used primarially to preserve foods, in modern times, pickled food is enjoyed for it’s taste and crunchy texture.
A quarter of a cabbage 3 cups red wine vinegar 3 cups water 5 cloves of garlic Peppercorns to taste 2 tablespoons of sugar 1 teaspoon of salt
Slice the cabbage as thin as you can and rinse it in clean water. This gets rid of any dirt or bugs. Pack the sliced cabbage into jars and put the sliced garlic and chillion top. Leave some garlic to make the brine. Put the water, leftover garlic, peppercorns, salt, sugar into a pot and bring to the boil. Pour the red wine vinegar into the pot and stir. This will create your hot brine mixture.
Pour the hot brine mixture over the cabbage in the jars and screw on the lids. Leave them to cool on the counter then put them in the fridge.
Pickled Red Cabbage Recipe Pickling food is an ancient way to preserve it for later use. It is thought that pickling of food began in ancient India, approximately 4000 years ago. Pickling was devised to preserve foods which were being taken on long journeys to prevent...
Simple Hummus Recipe (5 Minute Hummus) This simple 5 minute hummus recipe can be prepared so fast, we call it five minute hummus! There are so many variations and so many people have tweaked the recipe to suit their tastes, that most of the ingredient amounts are more...
We’ve talked about various Middle Eastern dips in the past, such as tahini and hummus, and they both have one thing in common - deliciousness!. And they are both healthy! There’s plenty of benefits you can get from eating chickpeas, and every self-respecting...
This simple 5 minute hummus recipe can be prepared so fast, we call it five minute hummus! There are so many variations and so many people have tweaked the recipe to suit their tastes, that most of the ingredient amounts are more of a guide. Some people like more lemon, some like less. Some like fresh lemon (yes please!) while others prepare lemon juice from a bottle. So with this in mind, our simple recipe is a good place to start and you can build on it as you go.
All hummus contains chickpeas as it is a chickpea dip and guess what? It’s super healthy so you will find this dip will go with more types of diets or weight loss programs. And with so many ways to make this your own, you will find yourself going back to this dip every time.
Whether you go for a thicker or more watery consistency, we recommend you use entire cans of chickpeas and you can play with the other ingredients to taste. For example you can add more lemon or less tahini if you are using it. If you begin with a definite about of chickpeas then you have a good starting place and can add or subtract from there.
When you are making it, try using some of the juice from the can, as this can give it a bit more flavor and most people find the taste agreeable. There are also endless ways to present it depending on where it will be eaten. Now, let’s get ready to make it!
1 x can of chickpeas – drained and rinsed – Keep a portion of the juice to use in the dip.
2 x small cloves of fresh garlic – We prefer fresh but you can use prepared garlic if you prefer.
Olive Oil – Half for the dip and the rest for a garnish
Half a Lemon – or you can use a tablespoon of lemon juice from a bottle
2 x Tablespoons of Tahini dip if you are using it
½ teaspoon of ground cumin – you can use less or more depending on your taste
½ teaspoon of paprika or sumac – you can use less or more depending on your taste
Pinch of salt – depending on your taste, you might want to leave this one out.
Mix all ingredients (except olive oil and sumac) in your food processor and slowly add olive oil to get a good consistency. Add a little bit of water if you prefer it thinner.
Transfer dip to a serving bowl or plate and smooth over the top with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle sumac over the top for a nice contrast.
Pour olive oil over the entire top of the dip.
Serve with some black olives and flat breads or with some chopped fresh parsley and some whole chickpeas for decoration.
We’ve talked about various Middle Eastern dips in the past, such as tahini and hummus, and they both have one thing in common – deliciousness!. And they are both healthy! There’s plenty of benefits you can get from eating chickpeas, and every self-respecting vegetarian knows how important they are! Chickpeas are a staple in a vegan diet and have been on plates for centuries.
Today, let’s look a little closer at chickpeas and why you should be eating them.
What are Chickpeas?
Chickpeas, also popularly known by the name garbanzo beans, are a type of legume. These beans were originally found in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. It’s common variant is seen as round and beige, although black, green, and red versions are not unheard of.
Benefits of Eating Chickpeas
Similar to lentils, beans, and peas, chickpeas pack a punch when it comes to nutritional value. That alone is more than enough reason why its popularity has been widespread throughout the globe.
Here are some of the benefits you can get from eating chickpeas.
Promotes Feeling of “Fullness”
The combination of protein and fiber found in chickpeas makes it a great appetite regulator. So, in a manner of speaking, if you’re looking for ways to control your calorie intake by fooling your system that you’re already full, eating chickpeas is the way to go! These are idea for those looking for weight loss and overall health.
Rich in Plant-Based Protein
Some of us would like to get protein from sources other than animals for individual reasons. With that in mind, chickpeas have been found to be rich in plant-based protein. That’s why vegetarians love having them in their diet.
Helps Manage Blood Sugar Levels
Chickpeas particularly have low glycemic index (GI), which means it shows gradual increase in blood sugar rather than a sudden spike. That means it is essential in blood sugar control, and is safe for diabetic people. As a matter of fact, it can help towards preventing diabetes development in those who don’t have it!
Improves Digestive Health
Because of their fiber content, chickpeas help in cleaning the digestive tract. Harmful bacteria and other substances that are stuck in your system are easily flushed with fiber. By including chickpeas in your diet, you ensure your fibre needs are met, and chickpeas are a great source.
Helps Prevents Cancer and Heart Diseases
Chickpeas promote health in many ways, specifically protecting the cardiovascular system. They have been shown to help prevent cancer formation in some instances. For starters, the omega-3 fatty acid content helps protect the heart and reduce occurrences of inflammation. Antioxidants, on the other hand, seek out free radicals and assist in the prevention of mutation that can bring about cancer.
And those are just five of the many benefits you can get from chickpeas. Doesn’t that make you want to include them in your diet?
The Roasted Carrot Hummus recipe is going to change your perception of hummus forever. When we talk about hummus, often times people just assume you can only eat it plain. This is so far from the truth and the basic hummus recipe can be varied in so many ways its not funny.
Hummus is easy to make, and everybody loves it. Adding roasted carrot to your hummus can give it an unusual kick not to mention a bright, orange colour. Add Roasted Carrot Hummus immediately to your must try list of hummus recipes.
Behold the roasted carrot hummus recipe.
400 grams of carrots
½ x 400 grams tin of chickpeas
1 clove of garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons tahini
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
juice of ½ a lemon
a pinch of salt
a pinch of freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 200° C
Cut the carrots into bite size pieces at any shape. Place them in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
Rinse and drain the chickpeas.
Fine chop the garlic.
Add all the ingredients into the food processor.
Pulse to mix the ingredients well.
Add salt and pepper when needed.
Your roasted carrot recipe is now good to serve. Its perfect as a dip, sandwich spread and even goes well on your favorite salad as a dressing. Enjoy your hummus!
This sweet corn hummus recipe is a real hit with the kids or for those guests who enjoy a surprise twist on a classic recipe. Adding variations to hummus recipes is a great way to still get the nutrients that hummus gives you, and adding a familiar or new taste to add to the excitement.
Sweet corn is packed with nutrients such as fibre and protein as well as being a good source of vitamin C. If you are watching your weight, this can be a very filling dip for cucumbers and carrots.
Sweet corn is particularly popular in North America and is used in many recipes both new and traditional. Sweet corn is also used widely in Asian cooking, with chicken and sweet corn soup being a Chinese staple soup. Sweet corn can be used in such a wide variety of dishes, we feel that it has a place in hummus for an interesting and surprising variation. So why not add some sweet corn to your basic hummus recipe? Follow this easy to prepare sweet corn hummus recipe for your next party.
You will need the following items: food processor, plate or bowl, spatula or spoon, and all the ingredients.
3 cups sweet corn on the cob
8 gloves garlic
1 can chickpeas
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
Peel the garlic cloves and chop finely.
Rinse and drain the chickpeas.
Peel of corn husk and remove hairs. Remove corn from the cob, scrape off all the pulp.
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor except the lemon juice and olive oil.
While mixing, slowly add olive oil and squeeze lemon juice.
Pulse to mix well. Stop when the hummus reaches your desired consistency.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Transfer your hummus into a bowl or plate using spatula or spoon. Serve with mini pita and veggies.
An Avocado Hummus Recipe is a great way to add some more healthy ingredients to your basic hummus recipes. The addition of avocado brings a creaminess to the mixture and packs a protein punch. So with this in mind, give your basic hummus a twist with some Avocado.
Fruity hummus dips are the best! Avocado itself is delicious and combining it with hummus can result into a nutritious and sweet dip for your snack time.
How to make Avocado Hummus
Forget smashed avo’s, here’s what you need to make this Avocado Hummus.
1 can chickpeas (can be used as topping)
1 avocado (peeled and pitted)
5 tablespoons tahini
1 lemon (juiced, more to taste)
3/4 cups water
4 cloves garlic
salt and pepper (to taste)
Drain chickpeas (set aside few for topping) and place them to the food processor along with the avocado.
Add tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, water and garlic cloves. You can add more or less of the garlic cloves depending on your liking.
Pulse until the texture becomes smooth, add more water to achieve the consistency you prefer.
Top your hummus with the chickpeas.
Avocado hummus is best served with pita wedges, chopped veggies, crackers and breadsticks. Enjoy your newly discovered dip!
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