I discovered something interesting this past weekend that got me thinking!?! I use yams or sweet potatoes for one of my starchy carbs during my day and the amount changes weekly. This particular day I needed 108g of yams/sweet potato. I normally have been taking the easy (lazy) way to cook them and putting them into my slow cooker when I cook my meats. When I weigh them out I get about 2-3 1″x1″ cubes – hardly enough to even count! And trust me some days I think “what is the point!” but as the weeks go on I will take every gram I can get.
This time, I used my new fancy Spiral Vegetable Slicer to make sweet potato curly fries. I was super excited and I believe I used 2 small sweet potatoes to fill a baking tray. I popped them into the oven for about 10 mins, watching carefully because they cut very thin. When I took them out to weigh them, to my surprise the WHOLE tray weighed 107g. How could this be??
Yes, it was too good to be true – but luckily I found that out AFTER I ate them – LOL! I thought that maybe I had weighed them wrong before – out of the slow cooker with all the extra moisture. But no sadly, that is the correct way to weigh them and the way I had done it in the oven dehydrates them so the macros would be as if you are eating the whole sweet potato – obviously right?!!
I had some chickpeas sitting the in cupboard that I wanted to use, so I thought that I would try to make my own hummus. I have high-jacked my Mom’s food processor until I get my own. I want to try to make use of it while I have it. We are trying to eat more raw veggies and avoiding store bought dips and salad dressings, so homemade hummus was right up our alley!
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup quinoa
One 19oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp tahini
1 tsp minced fresh garlic
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
1 tsp minced fresh parsley (optional)
Bring the 1/2 cup water and quinoa to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave the covered saucepan on the burner for an additional 5 minutes. Remove the lid, fluff with a fork and set aside to cool.
Combine the chickpeas, 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, 1/4 cup water, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, cumin, salt and cayenne pepper (if using) in a food processor or blender.
Puree until smooth. Place in serving bowl and garnish with parsley (if using).
Serve with vegetables, crackers or pita wedges. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 2 days.