Hummus and vegetables. A healthy, nutritious and easy take-away meal, in a mason jar.
Keeping up a healthy diet is easy. The difficult part is to decide what to cook in case you use to take your food at work. How often can you eat a yogurt, or a couple of fruits? Personally, I have often troubled about what to take with me at work. Every day, I tried to carry something healthy with me, since the food there was not, usually what I wanted to eat. Besides I needed variety!
Hummus can be found in many variations. The basic recipe has four ingredients. Chickpeas , tahini , lemon juice and garlic . I think this is the best. In Iraq, they make hummus with turmeric, adding it during cooking chickpeas. I tried that too! Besides, turmeric is super nutritious. It was delicious! But again I will say, I prefer the traditional recipe. Its success is based on the density and the balance of lemon – garlic flavor that stays in the mouth and makes you want more and more …
A healthy meal for the office
- 250 (8oz) dried raw chickpeas
- ¾ cup tahini (stir well before measuring )
- ½ cup lemon juice
- ¼ tsp lemon zest
- ½ cup warm water (preferably the water where you cooked the chickpeas)
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp olive oil
After boiling the chickpeas in salted water, drain them and set aside to cool slightly. Do not forget to keep the water for later.
Mash the garlic cloves in a mortar with a pinch of salt.
Start processing the chickpeas to a creamy paste.
Add the tahini, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic and mix well.
Add half the amount of water and keep adding until it reaches the desired consistency.
Serve in a bowl, drizzle with a olive oil and sprinkle with a some paprika, preferably smoked.
2.6g Saturated fat
For an office take-away, spoon as much dip as you want into the bottom of a mason jar. Fill the jar with raw vegetable sticks of your choice (eg. carrots, cucumbers, peppers in various colors) and…. enjoy!!
Notes: * At this stage chickpeas can be stored for a long time in the freezer. It is very convenient to cook chickpeas in larger quantity and store. It saves you the time consuming process of soaking the chickpeas overnight and cooking them. Thaw them, add the lemon juice, tahini and garlic and you have a hummus in no time!!