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Old April 26 2013, 05:21 AM   #76
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Re: Shopping for healthier food. Need Help.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/eight-l...me/detail.aspx

I think this would be great but its probably isn't the healthiest thing is it?
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Old April 26 2013, 05:34 AM   #77
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^That's a hell of a dessert -- and yeah, easily as much sugar and fat as a cake. If you want a healthful fruit salad just mix all your fruit in a bowl with som plain yogurt, a dash of vanilla, and maybe some coconut. Top with a dallap of whipped cream and you've still got dessert, but a lot healthier.
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^tsq, that sounds delicious!

I found a tasty hummus at Aldi's (grocery store). I tried the red pepper hummus and found it to be addictive and delicious. I have yet to try making my own hummus. It was easier to buy it on my first tasting.

Now that I know I like it, I want to make my own. Is it OK to use canned chickpeas? That is all we have around here.

The nearest farmer's market to me is in Charlotte, North Carolina. That is over an hour drive, not to mention that I hate driving in the big city. I have become comfortable with my rural home... perhaps, too much.
You should totally make your own, homemade is the best! And yes, canned chickpeas are perfect. Chickpeas are actually really hard to deal with dry. You can soak and boil the fuckers for days and they never seem to get fully tender!
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Old April 26 2013, 05:39 AM   #78
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^That's a hell of a dessert -- and yeah, easily as much sugar and fat as a cake. If you want a healthful fruit salad just mix all your fruit in a bowl with som plain yogurt, a dash of vanilla, and maybe some coconut. Top with a dallap of whipped cream and you've still got dessert, but a lot healthier.
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^tsq, that sounds delicious!

I found a tasty hummus at Aldi's (grocery store). I tried the red pepper hummus and found it to be addictive and delicious. I have yet to try making my own hummus. It was easier to buy it on my first tasting.

Now that I know I like it, I want to make my own. Is it OK to use canned chickpeas? That is all we have around here.

The nearest farmer's market to me is in Charlotte, North Carolina. That is over an hour drive, not to mention that I hate driving in the big city. I have become comfortable with my rural home... perhaps, too much.
You should totally make your own, homemade is the best! And yes, canned chickpeas are perfect. Chickpeas are actually really hard to deal with dry. You can soak and boil the fuckers for days and they never seem to get fully tender!
Thanks, tsq! I have some "garlic in brine with spices" (yeah, it's in a jar from the dollar store). I'm thinking this would be great in a homemade hummus. I cannot handle black pepper, but am open to ideas for other ingredients to add. I'm excited about making this as soon as I buy the chickpeas. I'll let you know how it turns out.
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Old April 26 2013, 05:51 AM   #79
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chick peas, garlic, some olive oil, lemon and some tahini, though you can leave either the olive oil or tahini out if you don't have them. Just don''t leave both of them out. It's very simple because there is no way to ruin it and any combination of more or less of something is good.
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Old April 26 2013, 05:53 AM   #80
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^That's a hell of a dessert -- and yeah, easily as much sugar and fat as a cake. If you want a healthful fruit salad just mix all your fruit in a bowl with som plain yogurt, a dash of vanilla, and maybe some coconut. Top with a dallap of whipped cream and you've still got dessert, but a lot healthier.!
Wow. I just realized the nutrition info below the recipe.

Sugars 44.2g

Holy crap, you weren't kidding.
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Old April 26 2013, 05:59 AM   #81
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chick peas, garlic, some olive oil, lemon and some tahini, though you can leave either the olive oil or tahini out if you don't have them. Just don''t leave both of them out. It's very simple because there is no way to ruin it and any combination of more or less of something is good.
I don't have tahini, but everything else is in stock. I now have a recipe for garlic hummus! Yay me.
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Old April 26 2013, 08:43 AM   #82
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Remember the garlic increases over time.. so if it's not quite garlicky enough it will be tomorrow I like it with lots of lemon myself.
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Old April 26 2013, 08:56 AM   #83
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That fruit salad recipe does feed 12 though . So as long as you don't eat it all in one go. And could probably skip the cream cheese...
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Old April 26 2013, 03:05 PM   #84
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Sector7, definitely get some tahini, in my opinion it's the best part! It's actually not too tough to find. Easy as pie in Seattle and NYC, but when my mom moved to a tiny town I was worried they might not have it. The Safeway by her carried it, though. You can get a big orange tin of it for about $7, usually in the "ethnic" food aisle or by the peanut butter.

Also, hummus us great for experimentation. I love it plain, but occasionally I like to throw something else in the blender with it. a few kalamata olives are delicious mixed in, as well as dried tomatoes or roasted red pepper. Have fun!

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Remember the garlic increases over time.. so if it's not quite garlicky enough it will be tomorrow I like it with lots of lemon myself.
Personally I like just a dash of lemon, but I love garlic so much that my hummus will make your mouth peel!
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Old April 26 2013, 04:49 PM   #85
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They say the more garlic you eat, the less you smell of it. I hope that's true, since I get through at least a bulb a week.
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Old April 26 2013, 04:58 PM   #86
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They say the more garlic you eat, the less you smell of it. I hope that's true, since I get through at least a bulb a week.
I smell of light citrus and rainbows no matter what I eat.
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Old April 26 2013, 06:26 PM   #87
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I smell vaguely of ozone and freezing fluid. Must be the science.
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Old April 26 2013, 06:43 PM   #88
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I smell vaguely of ozone and freezing fluid. Must be the science.
Oh, shut up. You're Italian. You smell of garlic and only garlic and you know it.
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I smell vaguely of ozone and freezing fluid. Must be the science.
Oh, shut up. You're Italian. You smell of garlic and only garlic and you know it.
Hey, that's me who smell...uh oh, wait, nothing
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Old April 26 2013, 07:07 PM   #90
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Actually, the use of garlic in Italian cuisine is vastly overrated overseas. In fact, I found that most foreign people trying to cook Italian overdo the garlic, compensating with bulk what they lack in finesse and balance.

I hardly ever use it, and only in specific recipes.
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