Saturday, March 19, 2011

Artichoke Hummus & Long Saturday Run

Early Morning Kitchen Time
After talking with my sister, she decided she just wanted to have some dips and sandwiches. People could assemble their own sandwiches and snack on some hummus with pita and/or veggies. So, by 9 am, I had already made an Artichoke Hummus.

This was my first time making hummus with artichokes. I typically go with roasted red bell peppers or sundried tomatoes. But I had an email conversation about artichokes with Erica from Itzy's Kitchen and mentioned how fantastic artichoke hummus might be. So Erica, here it is!

Artichoke Hummus
Ingredients:
4 whole artichoke hearts (from canned in water or thaw frozen, not in oil)
Liquid from artichoke hearts - use to desired consistency, maybe 1/8 - 1/4 cup
2 cups chickpeas, heated up
Drizzle of olive oil - I try to use as little as possible, maybe 1 1/2 tbsp
To taste: salt, pepper, parsley, lemon juice, red pepper
2 tbsp Nutritional yeast flakes

Directions:
Put all ingredients in food processor and puree until smooth adding in the artichoke liquid as needed.

You can serve with pita chips, veggies, or use it as a spread in sandwiches.

I am not sure yet what I'll make for myself for a sandwich or wrap. I'm sure I'll figure something out though. I'll be sure to take some pictures of the spread as well.

Saturday Run
Today I had wanted to get in a long run. Tomorrow is supposed to be in the low 80's. I'm not yet acclimated to the warmer temps for running yet, and knew we wouldn't get home early enough to beat the heat. So I needed to hit the pavement today. Only problem was that it was cloudy and looking almost like rain. Not terribly motivating to be honest.

Bathing the dogs was a nice way to procrastinate a bit before heading out. It's amazing what you can come up with to do when you're avoiding something else. Granted, the dogs desperately needed bathing before heading to my sister's house. We tried to get them in for a grooming appointment, but they were booked until Monday.

Anyway, I got in about 9 miles today. I need to map it to be sure. It ended up being a pretty good run for me. I must remember, however, that gels are much runnier when it's not 30 degrees out. I almost choked myself. But other than that...all good.

Now I'm heading out of town for the evening. I won't have internet access so this is me disconnect. Have a good one!