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Kitchen Hack: Make Hummus in 3 Easy Steps

Kitchen Hack: Make Hummus in 3 Easy Steps

Hummus is one of the healthiest party dips out there. Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are packed with fiber, while protein-rich tahini (sesame seed paste) is bursting with mind-blowing super vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium, vitamin E and vitamins B1, B3, B5, and B15.  Add some zesty garlic, lemon juice, olive oil  and salt, and you have a taste sensation – perfect with potato chips, carrot sticks or any kind of bread!

East Coast Mum lifehack: Make hummus

    But did you know that you can make your own hummus for a fraction of the supermarket price?  With this kitchen hack, you can make hummus in 3 easy steps: just blend, transfer and garnish. Nothing could be easier, and nothing will impress your guests more than when you claim you have just  “whipped up” a batch of smooth, healthy, zesty hummus.

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    You need only 6 simple ingredients:

    1. 1 clove garlic
    2. 1 can chickpeas, drained (reserve a few for garnish)
    3. 1 lemon, squeezed
    4. 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste)
    5. 2 tablespoons olive oil
    6. salt and pepper
    East Coast Mum lifehack: How to make hummus: immersion blender
      These blenders are amazing: every kitchen should have one!

       

      You will also use a hand blender, sometimes called an immersion blender (see photo above), a mixing bowl or cup (most hand blenders come with a large smoothie-style cup, or a bowl as above), a fancy dish and a spatula (if you have one).

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      Ready? Here are your three steps:

      1. Blend Your Ingredients

      Using your blender, whizz up all the ingredients, garlic first. As you blend, feel free to add a little extra water, or some extra olive oil, until you get a smooth paste.  Don’t be nervous: hummus is really forgiving if your quantities are not exact. Don’t forget to add salt!

      East Coast Mum lifehack: how to make hummus
        Garlic-hack: To avoid harsh garlic-breath, take the soft, green “dragon’s tongue” out of the middle of the garlic clove before using.

         

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        East Coast Mum lifehack: how to make hummus
          Chickpea-hack: tinned chickpeas are just as nutritional as dried and soaked chickpeas. Keep a few cans in your cupboard at all times.
          East Coast Mum lifehack: make hummus
            Olive oil is a must-have for any kitchen hacker. Make sure you have a bottle on standby at all times.
            Lemon with leaves
              Lemon-hack: to get more juice from a lemon, squeeze it at room temperature
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                Tahini-hack: store the unopened jar upside-down. This will displace the oil. Stir before using.
                East Coast Mum lifehack: how to make hummus
                  Don’t forget to add salt! Pepper is optional.

                  2. Transfer the Hummus

                  Using the spatula (or a spoon), transfer the hummus from the blending bowl into your best fancy dish- or your Mom’s fancy dish, or your roommate’s fancy dish. Anything that’s not an ashtray, basically.

                  3. Garnish the Hummus

                  Garnish with a big swig of olive oil (to be authentic, you can put a little olive oil pond right in the middle of the hummus), plus a few of the chickpeas you reserved. If you forgot to reserve the chickpeas, don’t worry! You can also garnish your hummus with some green stuff: parsley, cilantro – or even a celery sprig! Finally, sprinkle with a shake of spice. Paprika is best.

                  East Coast Mum lifehack: How to make Hummus

                    Hack Your Own Hummus

                    Once you have mastered the basic hummus, why not experiment with different flavors? Add chili sauce or Thai sweet chili sauce for some extra kick. Or how about a jar of sun-dried tomatoes or roasted red peppers for a Southern flavor? Add harissa paste and lemon zest for a Moroccan boost, and for an Indian flavor, try cumin, turmeric or curry powder.  Some recipes recommend adding pesto and flat-leaf parsley for an Italian taste, or avocado and lime for a Mexican hummus-fiesta. You can see a few more ideas here.

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                    Did you find it super-easy to make hummus using this recipe?  Let us know!

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                    Last Updated on January 11, 2021

                    11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                    11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                    Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                    Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                    1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                    Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                    2. Stress Relief

                    Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                    3. Improved Sleep

                    Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                    4. Appetite Control

                    Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                    5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                    When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                    6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                    Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                    7. Mosquito Repellant

                    Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                    8. Pain Relief

                    While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                    9. The New Anti-Viral

                    Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                    10. Improved Cognitive Function

                    Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                    11. Money Saving

                    With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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