who knew veggies could be so filling?

Here’s my light lunch today:

As I said in this morning’s post, I over-did it last night on our date (ahem, the GIANT milkshake), so I wanted to make sure I had lots of fruits and veggies today to counter balance my calorie-laden date.

I had to use the half red pepper sitting in the fridge, as well as a couple celery stalks and the hummus, as they were all getting a bit old.  I’m loving Patricia Wells’ hummus from her Salad as a Meal cookbook.  I’ve made it twice already.  It has more tahini and less olive oil, so it’s lower in calories.  It doesn’t have cumin, but instead has more lemon juice and cilantro, so it’s more fresh than smoky tasting.

Here’s the recipe:

Patricia Wells’ Chickpea and Sesame Dip (from Salad as a Meal)

Makes 2 cups; 52 calories for 2 tbsp

1 can chickpeas (she calls for cooking from scratch; her recipe is in the book)

2 garlic cloves

4 tbsp lemon juice

3 tbsp tahini

1 tsp sea salt

2 tbsp sesame oil

1/4 cup cilantro leaves

1/8 tsp paprika

Drain and rinse the beans (since you’re using a can) and throw them, along with the garlic, lemon juice, tahini, salt, 1 tbsp oil and cilantro in a blender or food processor.  Add more water as needed to thin it out, up to 1/4 cup.  Garnish with the remaining 1 tbsp oil and paprika when serving.

The broccoli was a local find from Wegmans and I couldn’t pass it up yesterday.  I find I don’t like hummus on broccoli–I think it’s just too dry or something–so I included a serving (2 tbsp) of my Wegmans Yogurt Ranch Dressing as well.

I added some dried fruit and chocolate to round out the meal.

The photos are pretty horrendous…I was super hungry!

I LOVE Sunsweet’s Cherry Essence Dried Prunes.  Prunes get such a bad rap, but they are so good!  I also grabbed a couple pieces of Trader Joe’s Dried Mango.  WOW.  If you have a TJ’s near you, get them!  If the prunes are good, these are like dessert.  Seriously.  They are almost too sweet.  The only thing you have to watch out for with dried fruit is the calorie count.  It’s easy to snack away and not realize how many you’ve had.  A serving size is usually 4-6 pieces (prunes, dates) or less for bigger, sweeter items, like apricots or mango.  Just remember that dried fruit is exactly that–smaller, dehydrated WHOLE fruit (usually).  You wouldn’t sit and eat 5 or 6 apricots or plums in one sitting, would you?

I also broke up a chocolate bar (on smaller plate) and noted the serving size.  I chose half of a serving, or 1/4 of the bar.

However, I didn’t even eat it because I got too full!  I guess there was quite a bit on my plate.  I’m thinking I’ll have the chocolate this afternoon with a cup of decaf coffee or tea.  Or maybe not if I’m still full!

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