Monday, April 26, 2010
If the saying "you are what you eat" is true (which it totally is in certain ways) I must be half chickpea. Chickpeas are versatile, affordable, and delicious. This lunch took me 15 minutes from start to finish to make, but I made a whole batch of hummus which I can save for later use. This hummus is just plain, but there are many things you can add to spice up and change the flavor. (red peppers, cayenne pepper, jalapenos..the list goes on) The wrap I used for this is the brand Flatout. I buy the multi-grain ones (white or bleached anything is an empty carb) and they are only 100 calories each! I also use a sprinkle of feta on it. Cheese is delicious and everyone loves it, besides vegans of course. (secretly I think they like it too.) Unfortunately, cheese is pretty much all fat. However, there is a solution to this cheese dilemma! I often use stronger tasting cheeses, such as feta or goat cheese instead of the regular old cheddar or jack. They taste stronger, therefor you use less of them making it less fat you're adding to your meals. They also usually come in reduced fat varieties. Check into nutritiondata.com and type in some different cheeses. You may be alarmed at how much fat they can contain. I also want to mention, since this is also about saving money while eating healthy, I love Marc's. They have a good selection of items for low prices, good prices on produce if I can't make it to Shaffer's (a little market close to my house), and usually I pretty much find everything I need for sometimes half the price of what they charge at the big name grocery stores. Anyway! On to the recipe for my lunch today...
1 multi-grain wrap (see above for the kind I use)
a handful of greens...I used spring mix for this one
2 t. crumbled feta
1 can chickpeas, drained, brine reserved in bowl
1/4 cup Tahini (sesame seed paste) ..can be found in the international section of grocery store
1/8 cup lemon juice or juice from one lemon
2 t. chopped garlic (I sometimes just buy the prechopped little jars packed in olive oil)
3 Tbl. olive oil (plus more in needed)
1/2 t. paprika
salt & pepper to taste
Add all ingredients of hummus to a food processor. Slowly add some of the reserved liquid back in until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy. You can also add a little more olive oil if if you wish. Heat the wrap in a skillet until bottom gets a little toasty. Smooth out about 1/2 cup of hummus on wrap, add your greens and feta, and wrap it up as best you can :) I usually fold the bottom up, the 2 sides in, and then roll it so both ends are closed, but whatever works. I also had 2 strawberries to finish out the meal.