This weekend I did a much better job of meal planning than I have in the past few weeks. Instead of cramming it all in on Sunday afternoon, I picked out recipes throughout the week and finished my final plan by Saturday night. That is a BIG accomplishment in my book.
As much as I usually enjoy cooking, this bulk cooking thing is draining for me. Three hours of prepping meals is actually not my idea of fun. It’s necessary, but I’m ready for this part of competition prep to be over. I’m hoping I can find a happy medium after the competition that does not include this much food prep.
As I was planning meals this week, I came across an interesting idea – low carb hummus. Many of my favorite vegetarian protein sources (like garbanzo beans) are much higher in carbs than I realized, so it’s time to get creative. When I found this recipe, I knew it had potential. Especially with the addition of whole grain mustard, which is this week’s MMAZ ingredient.
Although my version is thinner than hummus, it’s a great Mediterranean flavor dip. I’m planning to enjoy this with some tofu chips as a mid-afternoon snack, but it would also be great with carrot, celery, snap peas, pita chips, or crackers. I’m sure you can think of even more dippers to add to this list!
- 2 cups grated zucchini
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons garbanzo beans
- 2 tablespoon tahini
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ tbl ground cumin
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoon whole grain mustard
- Grate zucchini and use paper towels to squeeze out excess moisture. Place in food processor bowl & add all remaining ingredients. Process until smooth. Serve with veggies or chips.
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And now it’s time to see what other recipes featuring mustard you created this week:
I think this recipe also qualifies as a little strange, so I’ll be adding it to this week’s #strangebutgood party over at Laura’s place too. If you haven’t checked this out yet, you really should!
Questions for you:
If you have a choice, do you prefer bulk cooking or cooking daily throughout the week?
What is your favorite Mediterranean dip?