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Mock Tuna Salad

I was looking for something quick and light to make for dinner tonight and remembered an “oldie but goody” — mock tuna salad. I checked the fridge and cabinets quickly, and as luck would have it everything that I needed was on hand.

Mock Tuna Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup light, eggless mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Mash the chickpeas in a medium size bowl (you will want to keep some texture in the beans).
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  3. Chill for at least an hour prior to serving.
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Rosemary Hummus

With the heat wave that we have had over the past week I have been resurfacing meal items that do not require me to turn on the oven and have limited interaction with the range, both of which heat up the kitchen and since our home has an open floor plan and no air conditioning — the entire first floor. Compounding my little kitchen strike was the need to prepare a meal for a friend and her family this past Sunday (a day in the high 80’s — a bit high for a northern New England state.)

The menu that I settled on was:

  • cheese, olives, unsalted roasted nuts and flat-bread for appetizers
  • wheatberry salad, pasta salad (with quinoa pasta), green salad and hummus with pitas for the dinner offering
  • fresh fruits and fig and date bars for desert

All of the items appeared to be a hit, but the most popular offering appeared to be the rosemary hummus, so I thought I would share the easy to make recipe with you.

rosemary hummus

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked garbanzo beans drained (I prefer freshly cooked dried bean, but canned ones will work)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup of bean cooking water (reserved)
  • Juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • 6 tsp rosemary infused extra virgin olive oil (see the bottom of this post for how to infuse the oil)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • pinch of salt (if using canned beans omit this item)

Directions

 

hummus mixture

  1. Add cooked garbanzo beans to a food processor together with the lemon, juice, crushed garlic, salt and 4 tablespoons of oil.
  2. Blend until smooth, adding the reserved cooking water, a little at a time until the desired consistency is achieved.
  3. Leave the mixture to stand for an hour or so to let the flavors develop.
  4. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the oil on top of the hummus just prior to serving.
  5. Serve with pita wedges and fresh vegetables and/or fruit.

Rosemary infused olive oil: 1 cup extra virgin olive oil, 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary, 1 tablespoon chopped garlic. Mix all ingredients into an airtight jar and store in a cool dark place for 2-3 weeks prior to use.

Menu for the Week of January 13th

Or grocery bill was spiraling out of control due to lack of planning, so our New Years resolution for 2013 was to go back to menu planning and cooking for the week on Sunday. That way we o not have to come home after work and try to prepare a healthy meal (which more than often did not happen) and we had options for lunches as well (this cuts down on buying lunch out).

For meals this week we made:

Breakfast

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  • Savory Quinoa Cups (can be eaten cold or quickly heated up in the microwave)
  • Maple granola with almond milk yogurt
  • Fresh fruit

Lunch/Dinner

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