As Mark Twain once said about traveling, "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." Unfortunately for some of us, time or money limit our ability to get out there and see the world. But this is why I love living where I live, in this little pocket of Queens that boasts some of the most culturally diverse and amazing foods I've ever had the privilege of eating. I've been inspired by Greek, Indian, Mediterranean, African, southeast Asian, and South American food. I've been able to take myself out of the equation to enjoy and absorb these cultures without bias. I would never change or exchange my experience for anything.
So when I came across this recipe for green hummus, I had to try it out. Yes, chickpeas are not Paleo. And green hummus is a twist on authentic hummus. But, this recipe is damn delicious. And chickpeas are packed with protein and fiber, and leafy greens are what make the hummus "green". So consider this a nice homage to my neighborhood and the colorful, vibrant food and cultures that make it so wonderful. (This recipe was taken from the Tender Greens website.)
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 cup arugula
- 1/4 cup cilantro
- 1/4 cup diced green onion
- 2 small cloves garlic
- 1 cup olive oil
- 4 cups chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Put all greens in a food processor and blend (You know, this could actually be a good sauce for other things....hmmm....)
- Slowly add oil and chickpeas while the food processor is running.
- Blend until desired consistency (I like mine a bit grainy and textured).
- Thoroughly mix salt, pepper, lemon juice to the hummus.
- Eat and enjoy!
This recipe makes about 5 cups, so make this next time you have people over for a delish party, or cut the recipe in half if you don't want so much, OR make the whole batch and just eat it all yourself. I won't say anything. Just keep in mind, it will probably keep for about a week, so eat up!
(Note: I've decided to take a break from putting in the f/c/p breakdowns of the food. I know it's a nice, handy, macro-friendly way to figure out what you're eating, but I've been moving away from being strict with my caloric intake and taking out the food scale every time I want to eat. However, if you want to know the macro-breakdown for your own knowledge, I will be happy to give it to you. Just drop me a note!)