Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas, blended with tahini, lemon juice, salt, and garlic. The commercial versions and restaurant versions usually also contain olive oil (sometimes, they’re swimming in it!), which I avoid because it adds little nutrition besides fat and calories. If you want, you can add […]

Checking Out Chickpeas

Chickpeas (Cicer arietinum) are legumes that belong to the family Fabaceae, along with  fava beans, edible-pod and mature peas, soybeans, common beans (green snap beans, pinto beans, heirloom beans, black turtle beans, kidney beans, and navy beans), jicama, adzuki beans,  lentils, lima beans, peanuts, carob, and licorice. The family also includes broom, gorse, and kudzu. Also known as garbanzo beans, ceci beans, bengal gram, shimbra, hommes, lahlabi, and chana, chickpeas […]

Brown Lentils

Loving the Benefits of Legumes

Legumes have been sustaining human life for over 10,000 years. All cultures use legumes in their traditional dishes. They are the only cultivated crop that improves the fertility of the soil in which they are grown, through the beneficial bacteria that live on their roots and by drawing nitrogen from the air into the soil. […]