I've been eating like a mad person throughout the holidays, which explains my blogging break. It didn't seem appropriate to share recipes for butter laden casseroles and shockingly sweet pastries.
And I just got back from my family vacation to the mountains, and we all know that calories don't count on vacation!
So today is my first day back to reality. I'm starting Rick Warren's Daniel Plan, which is basically just a healthy lifestyle program founded on biblical principles and focuses on faith, food, fitness, focus and friends. My goal for the next 40 days is to only eat real, whole foods. Little to no processed foods. This will require much time, preparation and self-control. I spent last night cooking and preparing meals and snacks for the week.
First recipe: artichoke hummus. A simple, easy, healthy, flavorful dip for veggie sticks or whole grain pita chips. Made mostly from chickpeas, it is very high in protein and low cholesterol. The garlic and lemon juice are filled with antioxidants and reduce stress. But most importantly, it tastes delicious!
Isn't that adorable?
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 20 mins
- 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained
- 1 cup artichoke hearts, chopped
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp tahini paste
- 2 cloves garlic
- salt & pepper
- optional: Zorbas mid east seasoning for sprinkling on top
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add extra olive oil for a creamier texture. Let sit in the fridge and drizzle a little olive oil on top for extra tastiness!