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Hummus-Inspired Spinach Dip Recipe
Low Glycemic Index, Fiber-Rich High, and High Nutritional Value
I love to experiment in the kitchen and try to concoct things that taste good, rate high in sports nutrition, and help my running performance. Last week I was traveling with my sister and she introduced me to hummus. Ive heard of it for years but never eaten it. Go figure.
Nutritional Benefits of Hummus and Spinach
To begin with, the basis of hummus is chickpeas, or garbanzos if you prefer. I like the term garbanzo because its just more fun to say. Also, the dictionary lists it as a slang term. Go on, use your imagination.
Anyway, this legume has a glycemic index rating of just a low 34, meaning that it is very slow burning so its a great choice for long runs or weight loss if youre following the South Beach Diet.
And spinach? Its a low, low 15. It also has zero fat and cholesterol and packs a whopping 160% RDA of vitamin A per serving. These are just several reasons its better than lettuce in salads or on a whole wheat BLT.
Like I mentioned above, I experiment, so feel free to do so yourself.
- 8 oz. organic garbanzos, boiled. The bag has 16 oz. so I boiled them all and had half to save for soup.
- 5 cloves garlic, finely minced.
- 1 large serrano pepper, finely minced. Ill add another one next time if the kid isnt going to eat it.
- 1/3 bottle of Kraft Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing.
- Extra virgin olive oil added as you go along for desired consistency.
- 3/4 of a 10 oz. bag of washed spinach.
I had intended to make this as a hummus but ended up calling it a dip because my tired old blender wouldnt properly mash the garbanzos; but if yours will, go for it!
- Boil the chickpeas (garbanzos) until tender; about 2 hours.
- Mince the garlic and pepper.
- Load a large mixing bowl with the chickpeas, garlic, pepper, and salad dressing.
- Liquefy the spinach in the blender and add it to the mixing bowl.
- Mash it all together with a potato masher, adding olive oil, until you reach the desired consistency.
- Consume with a spoon or chips or crackers of choice. I used Marys Gone Crackers organic brand. My sister also introduced me to this treat. Theyre a bit pricier than conventional Lays chips, but they are much healthier. They are also gluten-free; doesnt make any difference to me but it might to you.
Other Ingredient Considerations
There are several alternatives Id like to try in the future. A splash of lemon juice or zest for one. I planted a Meyer Improved Lemon tree last spring so this is yet another use for it.
Maybe some dried mustard powder. Ill also try some cilantro for a bit of a Tex-Mex angle. And you can never go wrong with a bit of basil from the garden!
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