Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Super Flavorful No Fat Added Hummus
Hummus is something both my hubby and I love. We use it on salads, to dip veggies and on sandwiches and pizza. Since we are trying to keep our fat intake (even from healthy sources) as low as possible I generally make our hummus without fat. Our rare occasions I will add a tablespoon or two of tahini to my hummus, but that is not what I did today. Here is what I made:
Spicy Roasted Garlic Hummus – no fat added
Makes 8 servings
1 cup garbanzo beans, picked through and rinsed, either soaked overnight or quick soaked
Water to cook beans
3 bay leaves
2 heads steam roasted garlic, no fat added
1 lemon zested and juiced
2 teaspoons cumin seeds, or to taste
1 teaspoon paprika, or to taste
2 tablespoons wet hots (aka hot crushed peppers, or pickled hot peppers)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Cook the garbanzos in water with bay leaves until the beans are very soft. Drain the beans (reserve the cooking liquid), remove the bay leaves and place the beans in your food processor or blender while still warm. Add the roasted garlic, lemon and as much bean cooking liquid as is necessary to get a soft creamy hummus. Add seasonings according to your tastes. Refrigerate until needed. The hummus will thicken as it cools so you may want to add a little more liquid than you think is necessary. At our house Dan likes it thick and I like it thin so the added liquid is very subjective for us.
Amount Per Serving
Calories - 116.96
Calories From Fat (14%) - 16.26
Total Fat - 1.95g
Saturated Fat - 0.2g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 13.44mg
Potassium - 312.42mg
Total Carbohydrates - 20.59g
Fiber - 5g
Sugar - 3.11g
Protein - 5.91g
If you are looking for a flavorful no added fat hummus we think this is a good one. It has so much flavor you won’t miss the olive oil or tahini. I whipped this together Sunday night so that we had it for our trip to Richmond yesterday. Both Dan and I think this is my best fat free hummus yet. It is lightly spicy and tangy from the peppers. It also has a sweet background form the caramelized garlic. I don’t know if I can make a version that we will like more. This one is that good. It has much more flavor than your standard hummus, but we think it is great.
We used the hummus as the “glue” to hold our wrap together last night which included veggie burger (from Sunday) and fresh baby spinach in whole wheat flat bread. While we try to not make a habit of eating things with flour as you saw from the post of yesterday there was much flour in our diet. That seems to frequently be what is available when we are out which is why we try to minimize our consumption of flour at home.
It is so nice to be back home after my day in the car yesterday. I loved spending the day with Dan but all that time in the car was physically numbing. I think it made me enjoy exercising today much more than I usually do. I often mention needing to exercise but don’t say much else about it. Unlike my friend Heather I don’t love exercise it is more of a necessary evil. In fact, I really don’t like most forms of exercise. There are a few notable exceptions. Yoga and pilates are very enjoyable. I also like kickboxing, but this is a new love. What forms of exercise do you like? Do you have a favorite form of exercise, or favorite DVD? I am always looking for things to add so I don’t get bored. I would really like to hear what types of exercise you enjoy.
I forgot mention I did pick up a couple of books yesterday while we were out. There is a new discount bookstore in the Leesburg outlet mall. I picked up a copy of the "Imus Ranch Cookbook" since Brandi recommended it. I also grabbed a few books on macrobiotics, a new Raw book and an exercise book and Dan got a book. I find it impossible to pass by a bookstore and not go it. But when I can buy 8 books for $40 it is a no brainer in my mind.
Tonight for dinner I am thinking raw zucchini spaghetti with sun-dried marinara and little nut cheese and basil. I also need to get some beans on the stove. Somehow we are out of beans again. It seems like all I ever do is cook beans. I will be back later this evening with my version of raw pasta. This is one of those really simple recipes that best better than the effect that goes into making it. Aren’t those the best recipes?