With a big passion for cooking, and talking all things foodie related, even I have those days where ‘cooking’ really isn’t on the table. I know, I know, you weren’t expecting it, but i do… and often! Before the health bug bit me, this would be the perfect excuse i needed to grab a takeaway, indulge in dessert for dinner, or even just have a cup of tea and go to bed! Needless to say I never felt great the morning after!
Now when I get home from a busy days work, I not only know exactly what easy meals I can make but I set a 10 minute stopwatch, so i know that whatever I’m about to make can take no longer than that. Quick, speedy, stress free and over in 60 seconds. Simple!
One of my favourite go to speedy meals at the moment is a simple tartine with rice bread, homemade hummus, and an olive, tomato, lemon and basil salsa. Literally takes no time to make and tastes absolutely delicious! The balance of Low GI sustaining carbohydrates from the bread with the protein rich hummus, and tantalising veggie packed salsa, makes for a brilliantly nourishing and filling meal.
Hummus (makes around a cup).
1.5 cups/200g tin of Chickpeas
Juice 1 lemon
1 tbsp tahini
1 garlic clove
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 slices Gluten Free Bread (I use Biona’s rice bread)
1/4 cup black olives, halved
half a dozen tomatoes, diced
juice 1/2 lemon
a handful of basil leaves, minced
Drain and rinse the chickpeas, add to a food processor with all the other ingredients, blend until a creamy puree forms.
Toast two slices of your bread (or don’t if your prefer) spread with a generous amount of your homemade hummus. In a bowl combine the lemon juice, diced tomatoes, olives and minced basil leaves and a pinch of salt. Mix and pour on top of the hummus. Enjoy!