Celebration Artisanal Hummus

My hummus recipe is creamy, dreamy, deliciously light and easy to make at home.  It’s the best hummus ever (so I’ve been told)

I’ve perfected my recipe over the years, and I’m finally sharing my secrets. I’m not going to lie; it’s time-consuming but worth it!

Techniques that create the most delicious hummus ever

  1. Peeling your chickpeas. I know that it’s time-consuming; however, this will lend you a creamy smooth texture. Once you have peeled the chickpeas, pour boiling water over them and allow them to sit until the water cools down. This is my preferred method. Sometimes cooking the chickpeas causes them to be extremely mushy.
  2. You can also cook chickpeas with 1/2 tsp of baking soda for 20 minutes, then drain and rinse under cold water. Most of the chickpea peels should fall off without help; you may need to remove some that don’t fall off by hand. Cooking the chickpeas will make them mushy, making it difficult to remove the peels.
  3. Cream together ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor before adding the chickpeas to the mixture.
  4. Roasting your garlic gives the hummus a beautiful sweetness and less of a pungent garlicky taste, adding more complex flavours.

Recipe:

1 can organic chickpeas rinsed and drained

1 small head of garlic roasted

1/4 cup tahini 

1/4 cup cold filtered water

the juice of 1 lime

1/2 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt or to taste

  • Please note that I doubled the recipe for my hummus platter
  • When doubling the recipe do not double to amount of lime juice only add in 1/2 a lime more

Directions:
Place all the ingredients except for the chickpeas in a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until creamy.
Once you have a smooth and silky consistency, add in the chickpeas. You can add more tahini or water if the hummus is not creamy enough. You can also adjust the seasoning to taste. Place in the refrigerator for a minimum of two hours before serving.

How to make your Hummus platter fancy

Roasted cashew, pepitas and sesame seed dukkah 

Olives

Roasted cherry tomatoes 

Roasted chickpeas

red onion 

edible flowers 

mint

a healthy drizzle of olive oil 

You can add any garnish that makes you happy!

I hope you enjoy my recipe. I’d love for you to share your hummus creations with me. Please tag me on Instagram.

Magical Mushroom Veggie Broth

Heating things up this morning in the Wellness potion kitchen, with this grounding, warming magical mushroom veggie broth.  This is a delicious alternative to making bone broth for anyone who is looking to consume fewer animal products.  It offers incredible healing properties from the Chaga, Reishi, Wakame, as well as the stunning line up of vegetables.  Enjoy this broth on its own, as a base to soup,  to cook your grains in and or to sauteed veggies with.

Ingredients:
1 small head of Bok Choy
1 small leek
2 celery stalks
2 -3 carrots *tops included*
3 cloves of garlic
1 – 2 stalks of lemongrass
1 medium size Chaga mushroom chunk or 1 tablespoon Chaga mushroom powder
1 medium to large Reishi mushroom slice
1 small bunch cilantro
1 small bunch parsley
Few sprigs rosemary
1 medium size piece of fresh ginger
1 piece fresh turmeric
1 bay leaf
Wakame or dulse flakes *optional*
1 tablespoon Burdock root *optional*
1 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
The juice of half a small lemon
1 tablespoon of love

Directions:

Roughly chop all your ingredients and add them to a 10-quart crockpot or large sauce pot.  Cover all ingredients with water and allow to slowly simmers for 8 hours.  Adjust the flavor if need be and enjoy!

Xoxo,
Maria

Ginger – Burdock Root Tisan

Sunday mornings are better with this warming, healing, and beautifying tisan.  It’s super easy and includes only three ingredients – fresh ginger, burdock root, and mugwort.  This healing combination creates amazing health benefits, that gorgeous emerald green colour plus earthy aroma are just simply captivating.  Ginger is the healer of all healers.  It is antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-ageing.  I could go on and on about the wonder of this aromatic, and spicy root that has been used in herbal medicine for some 5000 thousand years.

Burdock Root is attributed to the ability to stimulate bile production and regenerate cells of the liver assisting it to eliminate heavy metals from the body.  Combat cancer and diabetes, while detoxifying the lymph system, blood, and skin.   Burdock root contains querecetin & luteolin which are powerful health-promoting antioxidants.  This helps to reduce acne, eczema, and psoriasis as well as have profound benefits for making hair healthy from the inside out.

Mugwort is a powerful herb that can aid in digestion and stomach disorders such as indigestion, acidity, constipation and bloating.  Mugwort can kill and eliminate parasites in your digestive tract.  Women who suffer from irregular periods and other menstrual problems, such as PCOS can benefit from mugwort tea.  It helps with fatigue and stress and cleanses and detoxifies the blood which can help with acne and hair loss issues.  It promotes circulation and detoxifies the liver.  It can also be used as a natural viagra – helping with impotence and low sex drive.

If healing your body is what you are after, then you definitely need to give this healing tisan a try.

I hope you enjoy.

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons fresh grated organic ginger
3 tablespoons dried organic burdock root
2 tablespoons dried organic mugwort
1 tablespoon of love
Directions: Serves 2
1. Fill a saucepot with 4- 5 cups of water.  Bring to a boil.
2. Add ingredients using a tea ball infuser and allow to infuse for 15- 20 minutes.
3. Pour the tea into mugs and enjoy!

Skin Mapping – Revealing the Truth Behind your Breakouts.

Skin mapping, also known as face mapping, is a technique originally used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda.  It is believed that the face and our skin is a direct correlation to our health.  Skin is the body’s largest organ and it communicates with the internal organs fundamentally determining what shows up or doesn’t show up on our faces.  Hormones, genetics, nutrition, and environmental factors additionally take part in the health of our skin.  The concept is that the face is a mirror of our health and different areas of the face are connected to specific organs.  Skin mapping assists in navigating you to look beyond the surface and treat the underlying cause of the skin condition.

If you consistently breakout on your……

FOREHEAD
The forehead is a window to the liver and gallbladder.  Breakouts here indicate your digestive system is having a hard time breaking down food.  Excessive fat consumption and/or too much alcohol, toxins, stress, and irregular sleeping patterns may be the cause of breakouts in this area.  Balance your system by minimizing rich foods and alcoholic beverages and by drinking plenty of fresh filtered water.  Warm water with a lemon first thing in the morning will help wake up the digestive system and rehydrate the body. Milk thistle, dandelion, and burdock root are often used to help support liver and gallbladder health.  Incorporating food enzymes, fermented foods, leafy greens, and good quality sleep can help to improve the condition of the skin, and your overall health.

BETWEEN THE EYEBROWS
The area between your eyebrows, also known as the “third eye,” is said to be connected to your stomach and liver.  Poor digestion and toxic buildup may lead to blemishes in this area.  I would recommend trying an elimination diet to rule out any allergies or intolerances and or consider a gentle cleanse.  Reducing caffeine, alcohol, and sugar can also improve digestive health.  I also suggest taking a good quality probiotic and digestive enzyme, as well as adding fermented foods, leafy greens, and anti-inflammatory foods to your diet.

TEMPLES AND BROW LINE
The temples and brow line correlate to the kidneys.  Dehydration and/or overworked kidneys are to blame.  Low back pain typically goes hand-in-hand with these symptoms.
Try drinking more water and including superfoods such as kale, spinach, parsley, cabbage, berries, and algae in your diet.

UNDER THE EYES
The area under your eyes represents the condition of the stomach, kidneys, and liver.
If you’re experiencing puffiness and/ or dark circles under your eyes, consider reducing or removing alcohol, caffeine, and sugar from your diet.  Drink plenty of water and detoxifying tea, incorporate grapefruit, leafy greens, milk thistle into your diet and make sure you are getting enough quality sleep.

BRIDGE OF NOSE AND UPPER AREA OF CHEEKS
The bridge of your nose and upper area of your cheeks is said to be connected to the heart.  Rashes like rosacea commonly appear in this area.  Try replacing unhealthy saturated fats with healthy fats loaded with omega fatty acids to boost your HDL (good cholesterol) and reduce your LDL (bad cholesterol).  Raw nuts, avocado, salmon, flax seeds, and chia seeds are all great options.  Breathing exercises are great for providing a cooling effect on the skin, helping it to retain it’s natural glow, improving the digestive process, and removing toxins from our system.

MIDDLE-REGION OF THE CHEEKS
The middle region of the cheeks is a window to the stomach and lungs.  This area of the face is notorious for rosacea as well as breakouts and hyperpigmentation.  Common allergens like wheat, corn, and dairy could be the cause, try alkalizing your body by eating plenty of green vegetables and reducing acid-forming foods like alcohol, caffeine, and sugar.  I highly recommend adding green juice, apples, carrots, spirulina, and chlorella to your everyday eating habits as well as making the time to include breathing exercises.

LOWER CHEEKS AND NOSE
The lower cheeks and nose get bossed around by the liver and stomach.  Wrinkles, breakouts, and skin rashes can usually be blamed on food intolerances and toxic buildup.  Eating a clean diet, adding in vegetable juice/ green smoothies, and fermented foods will help to reduce the breakouts in these areas.  I also suggest integrating proper food combining to your daily regime, as this will help to efficiently assist in digestion.

MOUTH REGION
The mouth region is connected to the stomach.  Consider food sensitivities and toxic buildup.  You may want to try a gentle detox and/or an elimination diet and add more green vegetables and fiber to your meals.

JAWLINE
The jawline is a window to the ovaries and/or colon, and breakouts here
can be triggered by hormonal stress, especially in women.  A consistent menstrual cycle can help keep hormones and circulation healthy.  While menstruating, women should include a lot of greens and hydrating foods.  Try a balanced, low glycemic diet of lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats. Keep stress levels under control and ensure that you are getting quality sleep.

LYMPH NODES
The lymph nodes can measure our stress levels and can often determine if the body is trying to fight off illness. Our glands swell when they are fighting off bacteria a sign that our bodies are working to process the bad stuff.  Practicing self-love, getting lots of good quality sleep, a balanced diet, Pilates, yoga, breathing exercises, and meditation can all help to reduce the emotional and physical stress that interferes with your body’s natural healing process.

Skin mapping is a very specific technique, it all comes down to balancing your baseline health,  improving your immunity, determining food sensitivities, and discovering the approach that truly works for you.  No two people are the same, and every individual will require a different ritual for optimal health, both inside and out.  What worked for me was moving my body every day (Pilates, Yoga, rebounding, & hiking), drinking plenty of filtered water, green smoothies, and juices, along with eating a mostly plant-based diet to assist me with better digestion, blood sugar levels, more energy,  less inflammation, and better sleep.  Additionally, I switch my skincare routine over to my handcrafted cleansing oils and face balms,  I also started using organic chemical free makeup.  I have noticed extremely positive results since making these changes.

Healing properties of Irish Sea Moss

Move over ginger and chia seeds there’s a new super food in town, Irish Sea moss! Irish Sea moss is in fact not a moss, but a sea weed.  It grows along the rocky parts of the Atlantic coast of Europe, the Americas, as well as parts of the Pacific.

The health benefits of this super food are remarkable as it’s an excellent source of minerals and antioxidants.  Loaded with bromine, beta-carotene, calcium, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sulphur, zinc, pectin, B vitamins, and vitamin C.

Sea moss helps the body to remove heavy metals and radiation and is amazing for anyone who suffers from IBS, Crohns, missing gallbladder, Fibromyalgia,  Lupus, Alopecia, arthritis, inflammation or any other autoimmune diseases, as it helps to support the immune system.  55% of sea moss is a soothing mucilage for the digestive system.  Sea moss works it’s healing properties on those with mental and emotional health issues due to its high quality source of potassium.  Potassium in such high quality forms is also said to help boost memory and brain function, emotions, depression, and anxiety.

It’s a natural and healthy source of carrageenan , unlike the pharmaceutical stuff that has been extracted and manipulated from its original state.  Carrageenan that is added to nut milks and other products on the market is not the same as the carrageenan in sea moss.  It’s also not comparable to the dry flakes or powder that have been baked to death and have lost there healing properties.

Lets talk about how sea moss is an incredible source of collagen, if you want to prevent the aging process by maintaining the skins youthful elasticity , say sayonara to wrinkles and hello to incredible healthy skin and the growth of healthy shinny hair you need to incorporate sea moss into your daily routine.

The high content of Iodine in sea moss is phenomenal at helping to rebalance your thyroid, it’s healing properties act as a regulator ensuring that your body functions properly.  It also aids in weight loss, those who suffer from thyroid issues can have a tendency to hang onto unwanted pounds.

Selenium also works wonders for thyroid and hormones.  It also helps to rid the body of fats  in the liver.  It’s a vital nutrient to fight against cancer and heart disease.

How to prepare Irish Sea Moss:
Rinse and clean well about one large handful of moss, taking care to get any dirt or sand rinsed off.   I soak my moss for roughly 8 hours overnight at room temperature.  Then I rinse and soak my moss several times throughout the day, once the moss has double in size and starts to take on a creamy or translucent colour, feel slippery and soft, its ready to blend.  Measure about 1 cup of moss with 1 cup water ( you may need more or less water) blend in the jar of a high speed blender, until smooth and creamy.  It will take on a gel  like consistency.  Store the moss in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.   I like to leave the remaining moss in a glass jar with water in the fridge until I need to blend more.   I change the water of the moss once per week to keep the freshness and the fishy smell at bay.

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How to use your Irish Sea Moss:

Moss is exceedingly easy to add to your morning smoothies, vegan cheese recipes, vegan mousse’s or anything that you would need to thicken.  It will take about 1 hour for the moss to thicken up your recipe after being placed in the fridge.  It doesn’t change the consistency of smoothie’s as you can control the amount of liquid.  Once added to your recipes the moss does not have any odour.   I normally add about 2 tablespoons to my smoothies, for other ways to use sea moss check out my recipe index.

You can purchase Irish Sea Moss here: 

Enjoy!