-Danon Light and Fit yogurt with 1/4 cup Fiber One cereal mixed in
-Veggie platter with baby carrots, sugar snap peas, green beans, grape tomatoes with a red pepper dip
-Tomato, cucumber, red onion salad
-egg white omlette with sauteed veggies
-sliced apple, not in wedges, but in rounds, paper thin, sprinkled with a little cinnamon
-berries - depending on what's available at the best prices - blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and/or raspberries.
-broiled zucchini and tomato slices with oregano and garlic and a sprinkle of parmesean cheese
Here's a slew of wonderful hummus recipes:
1 (15-ounce can) garbanzo beans (chick peas)
1 tablespoon low-fat (reduced fat) peanut butter
1/3 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup warm water or garbanzo bean liquid
1/4 cup finely minced parsley leaves
1 teaspoon sesame seed oil
1 tablespoon ground sumac or paprika for garnish
Drain garbanzo beans and set aside liquid from the can.
In a food processor or blender, place garbanzo beans, peanut butter, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, and salt. Add either 1/4 to 1/2 cup warm water or garbanzo beans liquid (depending on how thick on want your hummus); blend approximately 3 to 5 minutes until pureed. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.
Remove to bowl; mix in parsley and sesame seed oil. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.
VARIATION: For an interesting variation, substitute black beans or cannellini beans (Northern beans). Also substitute minced basil leaves for the parsley. Four ounces of minced roasted peppers may also be added.
Makes approximately 1 1/2 cups or 6 servings.
Serving size = 1/4 cup
Hummus with Yogurt
This easy hummus recipe replaces most of the traditional tahini with yogurt.
* 1 15 oz can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans, drained (save liquid)
* 1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice
* 1 tablespoon tahini, or low fat peanut butter if you prefer (optional, but if you do not use, increase yogurt by 1 TBLS
* 1/2 cup plain yogurt
* 1 teaspoon salt
In a food processor combine beans, tahini (if desired), yogurt, garlic, and lemon juice. Blend well. Add salt and cumin and blend to a smooth and creamy dip.
If you hummus is too thick, add a little bit of the liquid from the chickpeas - about a teaspoon at time. Other ways to thin out hummus is by using warm water or olive oil also.