Greens & Beans

My weekend has finally began!  My actual weekend at work was relatively ok and not too busy but I’m so glad that I have today and tomorrow off.  I slept for 12 hours last night and it was glorious.  Today I’m just going to take it easy, do some exercise, and whatever else I fancy.  How I love my days off now that I no longer have to write any essays.

So, how was your weekend?

I made my first green juice of the year yesterday.  It was great but I forgot how much fresh produce is needed just to make 250ml of juice!

It tasted so much better than it looks.  This one had kale, carrots, celery, apple, ginger and lime in it.  The only downside to juicing (other than the amount of fresh produce required to make juice) is that juicers are such a hassle to clean!  The sensible option would be to make enough juice to last a couple of days but I think it oxidizes too quickly and loses some of its nutrients in the process.  I could be wrong though.  Saying that, I may start making my green smoothies the night before my early shifts so that I can have them for breakfast without waking Tom and our neighbours up by using the blender.

Yesterday was tinged with sadness as I said goodbye to my trusty old micra.

(Ahem, excuse the illegal parking). 

She rarely gets used since Tom and I walk to work and we have another car.  Thus she has now gone to live with Tom’s brother and his girlfriend.  It makes sense environmentally, financially etc.  The only thing is, I’m not always the best driver so I’m hoping I don’t scratch Tom’s beloved car when I drive it.  It’s quite a bit bigger than the micra (not hard) and I tend to lack spatial awareness.  Marital problems may ensue.

Back to happier things, i.e. food (naturally).  For lunch today I wanted something snacky since I woke up and had breakfast late.  What makes the perfect snack?

Yup, a hummus snack plate.  Hummus has to be one of the easiest things to make (if you have a blender or food processor).  I try to avoid eating raw garlic when I’m working as I don’t want to smell of garlic when looking after my patients who are often feeling nauseous.  Also, garlic and beans are a bad FODMAP combo (as they’re both fructans thus tricky for the old IBS) but since I’m not back in work until Wednesday I figured it’d be ok.

Here’s the recipe:

Butter Bean Hummus (slightly adapted from River Cottage Veg Everyday)


400g tin of butter beans, drained and rinsed
1 small garlic clove, crushed
1 tbsp sunflower seed butter
2 tbsps good quality walnut oil
Juice of half a lemon
Leaves from sprig of thyme
Sea salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
Paprika, to serve


Chuck everything in your food processor and blend until pureed.  Sprinkle the hummus with paprika when serving.

Tricky, huh.  What I do love about this particular recipe though is that not only is it a good source of protein, but it includes super healthy fats from the walnut oil and sunflower seed butter.  Go forth, make, consume and enjoy!

I’m off now to listen to The Hurts (my new fave band) and potter around.


3 thoughts on “Greens & Beans

  1. Hope you have a nice ‘weekend’! It depends on the quality of your juicer – if its a centrifugal one then the longer its left the more nutrients oxidise. It you have a mega posh and expensive one its lasts longer as it breaks down the cell walls in a different way – I think I read that on choosing raw! I’m going to make some home made hummus tomorrow to eat with my mashed sweet potato – baby food all the way till my mouth heals!


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