- A very fragrant herb who’s pointed leaves look a lot like peppermint, to which it is related.
- Featured in a variety of cuisines including Italian, Thai, and Vietnamese.
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- DNA protection (protection of cell structure and chromosomes from radiation and oxygen-based damage)
- Anti-Bacterial properties (great to add to raw uncooked recipes to ensure consumption safety)
- Anti-Inflammatory effects
- Cardiovascular health
Selection and Storage:
- Whenever possible, choose fresh basil over the dried given superior flavor
- Leaves should look vibrant and deep green in color
- Best store in refrigerator wrapped in a slightly damp paper towel
Here’s a delicious recipe for you!
- 1 can of chickpeas (15 ounces)
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 ½ teaspoons of salt
- 3 tablespoons of tahini
- ¼ cup of olive oil
- 1-2 garlic cloves
- ¼ cup of basil leaves
Take all of the ingredients and blend in a powerful blender. If the hummus gets too thick, add a couple of tablespoons of water. Add more lemon or salt if desired.
I truly hope you enjoy this recipe and that it helps you live a healthier life. I would absolutely love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below and let me know what you think. If you enjoyed this post, share it with your friends and family!
Lots of love,
This year we have launched an exciting collaboration with Soul Food Salon. Each week, we feature a delicious, seasonal, and nutritious ingredient. We not only tell you a bit about it and all of the nutrition it represents, but also we provide you with a recipe so you can cook it at home. Please share pictures of your meals on Instagram using the hashtag #SoulFoodSalon. Follow us at @JudithDuval and @SoulFoodSalon. We can’t wait to learn and cook with you!