Monday, August 9, 2010

Draya's Quest Food Find: Hummus

Sometimes I have very little appetite and yet I’m hungry and know I need to eat. That is when I need someting that is super easy and packed with protein and fibre. Hummus is perfect at these times.

It is a dip or spread popular in the Middle East made from cooked, mashed chickpeas, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.

“Hummus is high in iron and vitamin C, and also has significant amounts of folate and vitamin B6.[22] The chickpeas make it a good source of protein and dietary fiber; the tahini consists mostly of sesame seeds, which are an excellent source of the amino acid methionine, complementing the proteins in the chickpeas. Depending on the recipe, hummus carries varying amounts of monounsaturated fat.[23] Hummus is useful in vegetarian and vegan diets and like other combinations of grains and pulses, when eaten with bread it serves as a complete protein.” - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hummus

It is super easy to make if you have a blender or hand blender. Cleanup is the hardest part. Just mix the ingredients using enough olive oil to come to the top and as much lemon juice as you like ( I use True Lemon packets that I got at Quest instead of juice) and blend until the consistency is wht you like. I’ve made it chunky and as smooth as i could get it.

You can also buy cans of pureed chickpeas for cheap in stores and then all you have to do is mix in the lemon, oil, tahini, and garlic. It is also easy to find ready made.

Another great thing about it is that it freezes and defrosts well, without any effect on the taste or texture.

As a dip hummus is great with pita bread (toasted, fried, or regular), corn chips (like the ones at quest), with veggies (especially carrots, celery, cucumber, cauliflower). I recently bought some baby cukes from a local shop for 2$ to eat with hummus (from Quest) that I had in the freezer. nom nom nom.

I have also used it instead of mayonnaise as a spread or mixed with tuna in a sandwich. It is also a nutty high protein addition to salad -as part of the dressing mixed with citrusy fruit juice -and something sweet like currants or raisins.

Added to chicken stock it makes a great base for soup. Curry with cauliflower and chicken is one combination I’ve done this with. I like using leftover shawarma chicken for supersatisfying taste.

Great, now i’m hungry. It’s time to see what is in the store at Quest today.
WoW! lots of really fresh and healthy produce... and supplements... and cakes....

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