I’m blogging from beautiful British Columbia tonight from a cabin in the middle of nowhere. I have my iPhone pressed up to the window and am working via a tethered one-bar connection, so my apologies on no opening snow filled picture tonight. With the experimental menu I’ve planned for our stay here I hope they’ll be many snowy pictures and tasty recipes to come.
I enjoyed the hummus we made on Christmas day so much that it was the first thing I made when we got in this afternoon. Hummus has got to be my favourite condiment. It’s so versatile! Not only can it be used as a veggie dip but it works wonders as a spread in burgers, sandwiches, on pasta, added to soup… the opportunities are endless.
Chickpeas; like all beans, are a fantastic alternative protein to meats, cheeses and eggs and have fiber content that animal proteins don’t have. Beans also help increase your HDL cholesterol (a key to decreasing your risk of cardiovascular issues). Ideally, you want to have a variety of different proteins on a daily basis. This will ensure that you get an array of nutrients.
If you’re interested in eating seasonally, beans like mung beans and animal proteins higher in fat such as the dark meat on turkey, are good choices in the winter.
The trick of thumb to staying fuller longer and keeping your satiety high (high satiety keeps you fuller longer and keeps you from turning to less healthful snacks to bridge the gap from meal to meal) is to incorporate a form of protein at each meal. Try:
- Soaking a handful of cashews and/or almonds overnight, drain and add to hot or cold cereal in the morning: soaking nuts and seeds makes them much easier to digest.
- Pre-cooking chicken and cut into long strips or prepare a couple of hard boiled eggs on the weekend and pack in your lunch with some pasta sauce or a herb & oil mixture for dipping: I love using a mixture of paprika, cumin, and parsley, adding 1 tbsp of flax oil
- Sprinkle seeds over top of your chili, soups, or pasta at lunch time
- Prepare a trail mix for afternoon snacks made up of hemp seeds, raisins, almond slivers, cacao nibs (if you crave sweetness), coconut shreds, dried cranberries, mini-figs (cause we all know how great figs are for you!), and pumpkin or sunflower seeds
- Enjoy hummus as a spread in your sandwich or as a vegetable or cracker dip
And with that, I introduce to you… spicy cilantro hummus.
Spicy Cilantro Hummus
Try this hummus with Marys Gone Crackers, vegetable sticks or spread on bread with avocado, cucumber slices, sprouts, sliced green pepper, and lettuce for a lean, mean and green sandwich.
- 1 chickpeas, drained (reserve 3 tbsp of liquid)
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 1.5 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp jalapenos, diced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 tsp cumin, ground
- 1/4 tsp himalayan rock salt
- Place all ingredients in blender and process until smooth