I live in Mid-Missouri. A lot of my readers live in Mid-Missouri.
Chances are, some of you have no idea what the word “hummus” means. No one’s judging you… yet. But before people from the East/West Coast find out you’re so “uncultured,” allow me to educate you.
Let me make it simple.
Hummus is a type of bean dip that’s made of the following ingredients:
- Garbanzo beans or “Chick Peas”
- Tahini – ground up sesame seeds
- Lemon Juice
- Olive Oil
- Spices: Garlic, Cumin, Salt
Hummus is “good for you” because it’s made out of beans. Beans have a high fiber content that helps to regulate your bowels, lower your cholesterol, and slow down the absorption of your food – which attributes to better post-meal blood sugars for diabetics. Not to mention, olive oil and sesame seeds (tahini) provide an additional benefit by adding heart healthy fat. You might as well just call this “Keep-me-away-from-the-doctor Dip.” (<–Too long?)
Hummus has one other benefit – a happy boyfriend. Yesterday, I came straight home from work and started on a mission. My boyfriend loves hummus and chicken salad. I intended to make him these things in hope that he would extend this love to me – his hummus and chicken salad provider – as well. Let me tell you, the mess was worth it because it WORKED. He loved this meal.
Leftover Chicken + Boiled Eggs + Hummus + Celery + Grapes = One Happy Couple.
Recipe: Chicken Hummus Salad
- 2-3 C Chopped Chicken
- 2 Stalks of Celery, sliced
- 3 Boiled Eggs, diced
- 1/3 C Raisins (or you can also substitute grapes)
- 1/4 C Miracle Whip Lite
- 1/4 C Hummus (I used this recipe)
- Toasted Pecans
- Note – How to Boil Eggs: Place eggs in pot and cover with water. Heat over medium high heat until water comes to a boil. Boil eggs for 10 minutes. After that time, remove pot from heat. Rinse with cold water for 2-3 minutes. Peel should come off very easily.
- Chop ingredients and mix together.
- Top with toasted pecans. I toasted mine in a skillet over high heat on the stove. Watch for the toasted smell and then remove quickly. These can burn very easily.
- Serve over lettuce or on a sandwich.
A Note to the Diabetics: This would be about 15 grams of carbohydrate per 1 C serving. The carbohydrates are coming from the beans in the hummus and the raisins. If you want less carbohydrates, you can always leave the raisins out – but then it wouldn’t be NEARLY as yummy. So, I suggest you just budget 15 grams and move on with the rest of your meal.
A couple of months after meeting my boyfriend, I’ve finally decided to start making things HE likes. Why didn’t I think of this idea before??? ;-)