Ok. Moving on to the important stuff: this green hummus recipe! I've been meaning to share this recipe with you all for months now and am so excited I'm finally getting around to it!
However, one of my favorite ways to use this hummus for the last few months (prior to getting pregnant, sick and losing my appetite) has been in what I've learned to call a "nourish" bowl. This bowl has blown my mind. I've found myself making it for lunch over my traditional green salad and my husband is constantly requesting it for weeknight dinners. It is super easy to throw together and can be completely customized using what you have in the pantry and/or in your produce bin. This bowl is a leftover queen's dream!
I had been making this "meal in a bowl" for a while, but hadn't been able to come up with a name that effectively captured it. Then I discovered the nutrition and food blog Nutrition Stripped on Instagram and quickly became a loyal follower. Not only is the author a Dietitian, but she creates these amazingly healthy meals (using whole plant-based foods) and also has a knack for photography. All qualities I value and aspire to continue developing. I saw that I wasn't alone in this complete "meal in a bowl" game. She has one of her own and it is called the nourish bowl. Be sure to check out her website and follow her on IG if you aren't already!
As mentioned previously, you can literally put anything your heart desires into this bowl. Just make sure to include a balance of protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates. My current obsession includes a bed of wild arugula on the bottom topped with: quinoa cooked in broth + cranberries; raw shredded purple cabbage, roasted and seasoned (cumin, chili powder, s+p) chickpeas; a few slices of avocado, curried and roasted sweet potatoes, a big dollop of green hummus in the center (for easy mixing with all bowl ingredients) and a sprinkle of hemp seeds over it all. Yum! This bowl is not messing around. If you are one of those people who frequently find yourself starving an hour after eating your green salad for lunch then you have to try this creative twist on a salad. I promise it will leave you feeling satiated. Enjoy!
Makes 5 cups
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 garbanzo beans
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1. Using food processor, combine spinach, arugula, cilantro, green onion and garlic.
2. Slowly add the olive oil and beans keeping the food processor running.
3. Finish by adding the lemon juice, salt and pepper.
What is your favorite flavor of hummus? Do you prefer to buy store bought or make your own?