I have to admit that I barely know who’s playing tomorrow, but I do know I’ll be watching it - or to be more accurate I will be at a friend’s house where the TV will be tuned to the SuperBowl, and where there will be a table laden with food, all which seem to satisfy our primitive brain’s desire for fat, salt and calories. And that wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the fact that the moment we turn on the TV, we turn off our discipline. We accept that for a few hours we’ll indulge now and regret later.
But what if game-food could also be health-food? It can!! Enter the very best homemade hummus. (Low calorie might be a stretch, but “healthy” I can offer.) Sure if you use chips to ferry the dip to your mouth, you’ll get a little less of the health bang, but there are usually some lonely vegs on the table, lookin’ for love.
Chickpeas (the star of the hummus show) are loaded with protein, folate, zinc and fiber. A quarter cup have 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber. They’re also low in fat (but that all ends when you add the tahini and olive oil, though I always add some water to smooth it out without adding more oil.) Tahini, though, is high in iron (from the sesame seeds), so it does deliver an important nutrient in addition to being a “good” fat.
I make this hummus all the time and mix up the accent ingredients depending on the occassion. I also give it frequently as a hostess gift. Put it in a Mason jar or jam jar, tie a ribbon around it and you’re done. It’ll last in the fridge for weeks and freezes super well.
I’ve tasted many a hummus and have to say, I rarely come across one that I like as much as this one. And not to dump on any store brands, but I’m going to … if you are going to buy mass-produced hummus, try to avoid brands with “flavor” in the ingredients. Sabra, is a popular brand, but check the ingredients and you’ll see “flavoring” which I find gives it a fake and overly creamy taste.
Any favorite, not-too-bad-for-you “game foods” you’ve discovered? Or healthy variations on standbys? Or favorite additions to homemade hummus?
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