I’m usually in hurry, even at lunchtime so this dish is quick and easy to prepare in advance to be taken out of the fridge at a moment’s notice. Although cooked vegetables and fruits are healthy, it’s always good to include raw in your diet when you can, as essential nutrients, enzymes and vitamins are better preserved.
Shop bought hummus is usually loaded with fat – namely, tahini and olive oil which although are good for you (in moderation) they’re really high in calories. Low fat hummus is really simple to make at home, much cheaper and you can experiment by adding lots of flavours. Here’s my low fat/low syn recipe for traditional hummus:
400g can chickpeas, drained & rinsed
1 clove or 1 tsp ‘no fuss’ garlic
Juice of half a lemon
1 tsp dried coriander
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
Salt & Pepper to taste
Paprika, chilli flakes & a few whole chickpeas to garnish
Hellmans Fat Free Vinaigrette
Whizz all ingredients in a blender until smooth (scrape the sides down where necessary). Alternatively for a chunky consistency, just mash well with a fork. This will keep well, covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Serve with lots of fresh, raw vegetables drizzled with Hellmans Fat Free Vinaigrette.
Slimming World – Enjoy syn free as it is or add in some breadsticks, pitta, wraps etc (but don’t forget these all have syns which need to be included in your daily allowance)