Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Eating Better, Faster and Easier From a Package that Tastes Great!

 I don’t really LIKE packaged food. When the Food Should Taste Good folks contacted me to try their new hummus, I was skeptical. The cornerstone of my “eating better” philosophy of “stealth health” is cooking at home. I think making it yourself ensures that you will include only good for you ingredients. You’re in charge; you get to pick what goes in your food.

However, after a couple of back and forth emails, I realized that their hummus could help me out. It’s a fresh snacking option made from real, clean food and it comes in four unique and cravable flavors When I get as busy as I have been lately, it’s hard to take the time to prepare good food and eat, even as a healthy chef. And I’m an eater. No mealtime goes by without my eager participation. So when I get this busy, just like you, I look for alternatives to making everything from scratch.
I loved sharing Food Should Taste Good Hummus with Christine at ATL & Co

My biggest challenge is what to eat when I’m on the road, in between meetings, or just trying to finish up all the details life throws my way. That’s when I hear the siren call of the pizza at the big-box store, the pastry at the coffee place, the grab-and-go sandwiches at the supermarket, or the bar of dark chocolate that I bought specifically for a new recipe.

I need help and inspiration – and a little time. I’d never advocate for a product unless I checked out the ingredients...and the taste. I can tell you that this hummus is not only full of flavor, but does not have anything in it that I wouldn't add myself - or eat. A week ago a big box of the Food Should Taste Good hummus arrived. I had such fun tasting and creating recipes with their four new flavors – Black Bean, made with lime adobo, topped with tomatillo salsa verde, Chickpea, made with za'atar spice and extra virgin olive oil, topped with roasted pine nuts, Chickpea & Lentil, made with vindaloo curry, topped with mint chutney, and Edamame, made with sea salt, topped with pickled ginger and togarashi spice – that I had to share my new creations!

The unique new flavors of Food Should Taste Good hummus provided an interesting start for some new light lunches and snack recipes. Super easy and fast to make, they package up quickly and travel well in a lunch bag (plus the four hummus flavors come in a serve-able bowl that’s easy to place in a basket or on a platter for entertaining guests!). These recipes are for you. And lately, for me, too! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Pack them up, make a double recipe, cook once and eat twice or three times!

Check out the Food Should Taste Good Product Locator to find the hummus in a store near you!

Smoked Salmon and Food Should Taste Good Chickpea Hummus Sandwich
2 Servings

Smoked Salmon is a great way of making a sandwich that is fast, interesting and easy. Instead of a bagel and cream cheese, try spreading a little hummus on a toasted English muffin and topping it with some “dressed” spring greens. This sandwich was a HIT with the host and cast of Atlanta & Company yesterday!

1/2 Tsp Lemon Juice
1 Tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Handful Spring Greens
Sprinkle of Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
2 Whole Wheat English Muffins, toasted and split
4 TB Food Should Taste Good Chickpea Hummus
2 Slices Smoked Salmon

Whisk the lemon juice and olive oil together in a small bowl. Add the lettuce, salt and pepper and toss. Slather the hummus on both sides of the English muffin. Add the salmon and then salad to one side and top with the other.

*Use the rest of the lemon in your water bottle!

Food Should Taste Good Black Bean Hummus Tacos
2 Servings

Who doesn’t love Mexican inspired recipes full of black beans and avocados? No one I know! This is great way of getting in a little kale in our meal, too!

4 TB Food Should Taste Good Black Bean Hummus
4 Corn Tortillas
1 Avocado, Sliced
3 Grape Tomatoes, in half
1 Cup Finely Shredded Kale
½ Tsp Smoked Paprika
Sprinkle of Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Spread 1 TB of Food Should Taste Good Black Bean Hummus on each tortilla. Layer one-quarter of the avocado, tomatoes and kale on each taco. Sprinkle with paprika, salt and pepper and fold in half.

Food Should Taste Good Edamame Hummus Quinoa Salad
2 Servings

I love quinoa, and accenting it with some Asian flavors. Here’s a way to celebrate the crunchy green pop of edamame with a dressing made from edamame hummus, too!

3 TB Food Should Taste Good Edamame Hummus
2 TB Veggie Stock
1 TB Rice Wine Vinegar
1 TB Soy Sauce
2 Tsp Toasted Sesame Oil
3 Cups Cooked Tri-Color Quinoa
1 Cup Cooked Edamame
¼ Cup Chopped Cilantro
¼ Cup Chopped Green Onions
1 TB Sesame Seeds

Whisk the hummus, stock, vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil together in a large bowl. Add in the quinoa, edamame and cilantro. Top with the green onions and sesame seeds.

Food Should Taste Good Chickpea and Lentil Hummus Rollups
2 Servings

Have you ever had a sushi “crunch roll? I love them, but the crunch often comes from fried bits - not very good eats. The crunch in this rollup comes from Food Should Taste Good Chips, a better-for-you alternative!

3 TB Food Should Taste Good Chickpea and Lentil Hummus
1 Whole Wheat Pita Pocket, split in half horizontally
1 TB Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 TB Orange Juice (take the other half of the orange along for lunch!)
1 Tsp *Garam Masala
3 Cups Broccoli Slaw, (about ½ bag)
½ Cup Crumbled Food Should Taste Good Chips, your choice
½ Cup Crumbled Goat Cheese
½ Cup Golden Raisins

Spread the hummus on the two sides of the pita. Stir the oil, orange juice and garam masala together in a large bowl. Add the slaw, chips, cheese and raisins into the mix.

*Garam Masala is a yummy spice blend from India. Full of good-for-you ingredients like coriander, cumin, cardamom and nutmeg, you can find it in the spice section of your grocery store.

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