By Brian A. Stenzler, M.Sc, D.C.
In this edition of Wellness Wiki recipe videos, Dr. Stenzler makes hummus with pumpkin seeds (rather than traditional sesame seed tahini) with his 5-year old son, Zion. Dr. Stenzler recorded this video in February 2021, but with the family move to Florida and the launch of his book, it is finally getting it out there now. (Zion is still extremely cute, but when you see future lessons with him, his voice may not be quite as high… but just as cute!)
This lesson is not just about making hummus, but Dr. Stenzler also demonstrates how he raises his son in teaching values about health and wellness and even throws in some math lessons. If you like little cute kids and healthy Mediterranean dips/spreads, you’re really in for a treat!
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This video goes along with Dr. Stenzler’s book, DREAM Wellness: The 5 Keys to Raising Kids for a Lifetime of Physical and Mental Health. If you don’t want to watch the full 7-minute video, feel free to just use the recipe here:
2 cans Chickpeas, drain only one can. (Dr. Brian’s secret recipe option: Buy bulk chickpeas, soak overnight and boil in soaking water until soft… 1-2 hours depending on the quantity. If using soaked chickpeas, you’ll have to guess with how much water to add, somewhere around 5-8 ounces.)
1 small garlic clove
1 Tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup of lemon juice (freshly squeezed is ideal)
¼ cup of raw sprouted pumpkin seeds
¼ tsp white pepper (optional)
¼ tsp ground coriander (optional)
1 tsp cumin
salt to taste (around 1 tablespoon)
Parsley flakes, paprika, olive oil, pumpkin seeds and Kalamata olives for garnish (optional)
Add one can of chickpeas and the water that’s in the can into the blender, food processor or Vitamix. Add the second can of chickpeas with the water already drained. Add the other ingredients and blend until creamy. (If using a Vitamix, one minute on high speed is all you will need).
Optional: If you are soaking your own chickpeas as opposed to using canned chickpeas, plucking the thin, papery skin from the cooked chickpeas and the use of plenty of olive oil results in a remarkably luxuriant, smooth Sprouted Hummus. (Not necessary when using a Vitamix)
Use this as a yummy Mediterranean salad dressing! Combine hummus with mixed greens, Persian cucumber, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, thinly sliced red onion and whatever else you enjoy. You may want to add a little additional lemon juice and olive oil.
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