How often do you eat beans, peas or lentils? If you are currently a Good Measure Meals seven-day customer, you will eat beans or lentils six times this week!
Beans are a nutrition powerhouse, full of fiber, folate, and protein and are naturally fat and sodium free. Just one-half cup of pinto beans provides 120 calories, 8 grams of fiber, and 8 grams of protein.
My favorite way to eat beans? Hands down, it’s hummus. Traditionally, hummus is scooped with flatbread but it also works well as a healthy vegetable dip in place of Ranch dressing, as a sandwich spread in place of mayo, and even as dessert!
But what exactly is hummus? Classic hummus is native to the Middle East and includes chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans), lemon, sesame and garlic. As hummus has made its way into the homes of many Americans, many new varieties – including chocolate – have emerged.
If you have never tasted hummus, pick up a small package of pre-made hummus at your local grocery along with some flatbread and raw veggies. Sliced cucumbers, red bell pepper strips and baby carrots are my personal favorites!
Which brand should you try? There are many brands on the market, and some groceries even sell their own homemade hummus. Choose a brand that has ingredients closest to the recipe below. If you see ingredients listed that you can’t pronounce or don’t recognize, choose another brand!
Although buying pre-packaged hummus is convenient, you can’t beat the taste of the homemade variety! When you are ready to break out the food processor, try this classic hummus recipe from the July issue of O, The Oprah Magazine:
Combine 1 clove chopped garlic, a 15 ounce can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed), ¼ teaspoon of salt, and 2 Tbsp each lemon juice, tahini (sesame paste), olive oil and water in a food processor. Pulse until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Season with additional salt, olive oil or paprika, as desired. Store in the refrigerator up to 7 days. Makes 12 servings. Nutrition facts per serving (2 Tbsp): 48 calories, 3 g fat (assuming no additional olive oil is added) and 1 g protein.
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