Hello everyone! Yes, I am going off on a different tangent again since I have no biking articles prepared. With the new year now in progress, my aim this year is to incorporate more vegetables in my diet. While I do pretty well, there is room for improvement.
Last year I found this great hummus recipe that allows me to get in more vegetables. It is delicious and extra nutritious.
Here is the recipe:
Spring Green Hummus
1 cup dried chickpeas (2 cups cooked)
1 cup reserved bean stock or water
1 cup chopped raw spinach leaves
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, plus extra for garnish
1/4 cup tahini
2 cloves garlic, chopped or crushed
grated zest of 1/2 lime
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra for garnish
1 teaspoon salt
lime wedges for garnish
Sort through, rinse, soak and cook the chickpeas. Drain, reserving about 1 cup of the stock. Put spinach in a blender or food processor, then add the chickpeas. Process to a smooth, bright green consistency. Add the parsley, tahini, garlic, lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, and salt. Continue processing until the mixture forms a thick paste. If the mixture is too dry, add a little of the reserved stock. Taste and adjust the seasonings if necessary.
Garnish with the extra parsley, lime wedges, and a splash of olive oil.
- Lemon juice works just as well as lime juice
- I omit the salt and it tastes great. But of course, that is just my opinion. Try it without salt and add if you think it is necessary.
- Hot beans blend easier than room temperature or cold beans
An “off-schedule” day to let you know that I am still here. Life got so busy I didn’t realize how much time went by since I last posted! At least I managed to read a post or two.
Since my days will still crazy-busy, I will schedule in some posts. They will be a variety of things since I have no bicycle articles to post at the present.
Thank you to my followers and regular readers for hanging in there with me.
In the meantime, have a great remaining winter. Or is it spring? With the wide-spread insane winter this year, who knows what season it is anymore?
As the end of 2018 approached, I wondered if I should even make a list of new year resolutions. Somewhere along the way, I fail, then start again, then fail again before the end of the year. This happens even though I made it through the so-called 21 or 28 days it takes to form a new habit or break an old one.
In doing some recent research, I learned that it takes a MINIMUM of 21 days for most people to form or break a habit. According to The Guardian (and other sites), it takes 18 to 66 days and some even take up to 245 days. Whew! I was beginning to think that there was something wrong with me that I could not stick to something new that I started.
I also saw an interview on the subject a couple days ago. The person (I didn’t catch the name) said that motivation is not enough; it is only the surface. A person needs to be dedicated. That means to push yourself to keep going even though you don’t feel motivated anymore. An article on Revolutionary Lifestyle Design basically says the same thing.
Okay – I do that with activities I enjoy. There are times I don’t feel like biking or hiking, but I get out there anyway. With that perspective in mind, this will be the year I finally accomplish my resolutions.
Here’s to 2019 for success to everyone. Cheers!