This crazy diet I’m on for a month has me searching for filling side dishes. I’ve got a freezer full of meat because of the Plan D from Henry’s, but most of the things I would normally make are verboten under this 4HBish thing I’m doing. I’m been avoiding pasta, bread, and certain other foods for a few months anyway (except for that one pizza binge I went on, when I probably got slices for lunch 3 times a week), but even my healthiest staples are out.Roasted yams and butternut squash? Out. My favorite veggies, too! Cubed and roasted with sea salt and black pepper… yum. Rice is out, even good long-grain brown rice. So many more it makes me sad to even think about.Those things are all out, even though they have almost zero sugar, and low glycemic loads. Fruit? Forget it.But legumes are on the table, and I love them, so I looked at some of my old creations, and realized that they all had “bad” things in them too. All of those wonderful things, all fresh, all farmers’ market-sourced contain peaches, or corn, or apple, or something else with sugar or starch. Stupid 4HB.Well, I had none of those ingredients on me anyway, and half wouldn’t be locally-sourced this time of year, and I needed something now, so I looked up Wendy’s Black Bean Hummus.
Of course I didn’t have cilantro on me. And I didn’t want a hummus, per se, more of a solid thing. But that was the inspiration I needed. Minus the cilantro and cumin, plus more hot stuff, plus chives, and processed just until chunky, not smooth. Perfect on the side of a steak, eggs, anything really. Good bit of heat, great texture.I went through that stuff so fast I had to make a larger batch, which included spinach, kale, leftover pizza sauce, even more hot stuff, fennel pollen, garlic… who even remembers? That was Monday, I think. The flavors blended so well, and the texture is still perfect for a side, a snack, or even a spread. If I could ACTUALLY EAT SOME DAMNED BREAD! But it would work as a veggie dip too, I suppose, if I took out a portion and ran it through food processor some more with extra olive oil.Anyway… filling, healthy, nutrient-rich, easy. A perfect food. Especially version 2. I don’t have a pic of that, though.