Wednesday, June 3, 2009

2 Awesome Recipes involving Beans

With ALL this talk of chips, I knew that I just had to get my hands on some! So, for my morning snack before spinning, I had some "banana chips", not the kind you are thinking of :D


It was actually pretty fun to slice up my banana this way and eat it. I need to remember that because fun eating makes eating fun!

Spinning today was soooo tough! My legs were just plain tired and tight - they were burning during the warm up with no tension on the bike *sigh* I suffered through it all but tried pushing myself. I ended up burning 391 calories for my 45 minute session - not too shabby.

I made up lunch last night to marinate like I did the with the Citrus ChickPea Salad.

White Bean & Tuna Salad in an Orange Cilantro Dressing


1/2 15-oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 6 oz can albacore tuna packed in water, drained
1 carrot, shredded
1 persian cucumber, quartered
2 Tbsp diced Jicama
Dashes of Garlic Salt, Dried Dill Weed and Freshly ground pepper

Cilantro Orange Dressing - whipped it up and pour it over the above

2 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
2 tsp honey

I LOVED this salad ~ it was definitely packed with protein and kept me going all afternoon. I was excited for my afternoon snack Hummus and Carrots. I was too lazy to peel my big carrots so I opted for organic baby carrots.


I have never made hummus without Tahini, but, the one in the book called for NO Tahini. I had to check out my jar to see why because I honestly thought there were not any calories/fat. Shocker ~ check out your jar next time, it has ALOT of calories and Fat. To get the Tahini Flavor, I added toasted sesame seeds.

Fast Tahini-less Hummus

1/2 can chickpeas
1/2 clove garlic, minced
juice of 1 lime
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
3-4 dashes of your favorite hot sauce
salt & pepper to taste
Water, if needed due thin things out

Instead of using my bullet or food processor, I whipped this up in my Black & Decker Mini Chopper. It was done in minutes and actually tastes pretty phenomenal!

Coming up next ~ another awesome spa salad, plus giveaways galore including my Mr. Krispers Giveaway ~ yeah!


  1. So happy to see your hummus thoughts since I used Sabra hummus today instead of making it (that's okay too, kiddos!). You ate more carrots than me...good girl! :)

    I loved the white bean & tuna salad too. Hearty without being heavy.

    Can't wait to see your dinner!

    I just finished circuit and core and I'm going to BED.

  2. Sorry spinning was hard, but it sounds like you did great anyways!

    That sounds like a great hummus recipe, and the tuna salad looks yummy! The dressing sounds so good.

  3. Yum on the hummus! I am going to have to try that one out!

  4. I always make my hummus without tahini; I like it so much better for some reason! Trader Joe's also makes a hummus with no tahini (it's their Original Hummus) and it is terrific - only 1 POINT for 2 tbsp.

  5. I loveeee my hummus! That recipe sounds great! Way to go with the class - sorry it was tough!

  6. i kid you not i was shoving a hummus-covered baby carrot in my mouth as i read the part about your snack! how random! thanks for the hummus recipe, i am collecting them.. next time i run out of hummus i want to make my own! but it wont be awhile, ive got the costco sabra in the fridge. i have a mini chopper! what a great reason to use it..

  7. Angelea ~ I saw that you used Sabra and I was soooo jealous! I LOVE Sabra, but, this homemade version is up there with maybe being better :) Great job on the circuits and Core workouts.

    Anne ~ I think sometimes your body just gets tired and tells you it is tired.

    C.G. ~ ohhh - do tell if you try it and like it. I am thinking of trying to come up with something for this month's mystery challenge.

    Marisa ~ That is good to know - I need to check that out the next time I am at TJ's.

    K ~ this hummus is right up your alley - super fast, easy and it doesn't really have to count as cooking :D

    Janetha ~ that is hilarious! I think I might have a couple of hummus recipes on here - check it out in my search engine, if not, remind me and I'll post more :)