As a chef and farmer I pay attention to how my food is grown and where it comes from. I can be sure of what toxins my body is being subjected to. Make sure when you are at the grocery store to buy organic to curb the long term affects of GMO food products.
While you can certainly try this recipe with canned beans, it’s not recommended. The dried beans provide for a fresher taste in the final product. Since soaking the beans doesn’t require any ‘active’ time in this recipe, nor does the cooking, putting it all together goes very quickly – you just need to prepare in advance when you want to make this tasty dish.
- Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas): One unusual health property of chickpeas is their high molybdenum content. Molybdenum is a trace mineral that helps to detoxify sulfites and helps the liver to detoxify more efficiently.
- Garlic: Garlic is extremely useful in repairing a compromised liver. Garlic’s superior effects are from the numerous sulfur-containing compounds that are known to activate the liver enzymes responsible for expelling toxins from the body. Another lies in the presence of both allicin and selenium, two important nutrients that play an integral role in the protection of the liver from damage.
- Lemons: These citrus fruits contain very high amounts of the vitamin C, which aids the body in synthesizing toxic material into a substance that can be absorbed by water. Freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice helps stimulate the liver.
- Cayenne and other spicy pepper: Cayenne contains vitamins E and vitamin C. There is also a special ingredient in the pepper family, in chilies as well, called capsaicin, which is what gives peppers their heat. It is no surprise cayenne is used to detoxify the liver and is found in most cleanse programs.
- Jalapeno Peppers: Hot peppers like jalapenos boast some of the highest concentrations of vitamin C found in food and are an even better source than citrus fruits and leafy greens.
- Parsley: As a diuretic, parsley can help flush toxins from the body, a boon to our critically important hepatic organ. More specifically, it seems to also contain antiviral agents particularly effective against viruses that attack the liver.
- Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: The hydrophilic fraction of olive oil seems to be the effective one in reducing toxin-induced oxidative stress on the liver. Bragg’s is a recomended brand and is one of the healthiest on the market.
- Distilled Water: The majority of municipalities flood their water supply with chlorine and Hydrofluorosilicic Acid, a distant cousin of fluoride. These toxic chemicals only do harm to the body and have extreme negative health impacts. They will only destroy liver health, other organs, and prevent positive healing altogether.
- Organic Foods: It is important to buy organic. Traces of herbicides, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers make there way into the body and put tremendous stress on the liver.
- 1½ cups garbanzo beans (you can find these locally grown and dried) soaked overnight and rinsed
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and white flesh removed to reduce heat
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves fresh garlic
- 3 sprigs parsley
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 1/4 cup distilled water
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Freshly ground black pepper and sea salt to taste
- Simmer beans in a saucepan. Cook for 1 hour or until tender. Then cool.
- Roughly chop jalapeno pepper and garlic cloves
- Remove parsley leaves from stem. Discard stems.
- Place beans, vegetables, lemon juice, oil, parsley, cayenne, and paprika into a food processor and blend.
- Slowly add water to the food processor while pulsing to obtain your desired consistency.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Place in bowl for serving. Sprinkle paprika and a few parsley leaves for garnish.
- Serve with tortilla chips or assorted fresh vegetables for dipping.
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