February 17, 2009

Numbers Game: Answer

Next time you make tuna salad, replace two tablespoons of mayonnaise with two tablespoons of hummus (preferably a flavored variety, like roasted red pepper) and save 130 calories.

I admit -- I would have never thought to mix tuna, celery, tomatoes, a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and hummus, but upon finding nothing but those ingredients in my kitchen late at night several years ago after finishing an arduous move, I whipped up this alternative tuna salad.

I loved it so much it has now become my traditional tuna salad!

Most commercial hummus brands offer anywhere from 50 to 80 calories and anywhere from 3.5 to 4.5 grams of fat per two-tablespoon serving.

That same amount of mayonnaise, meanwhile, adds up to 200 calories and 22 grams of fat.


shris said...

I love hummus on all kinds of crazy stuff.

I like it on roast beef and/or turkey sandwiches, on hot dogs.. It's yummy. Sometimes I like both mayo AND hummus, which is not so good for me, but they definitely have quite different flavors.

I saw on Chopped the other night one of the chefs used something hummus-like as a spread for bread in a sandwich..


wwwdotjenna said...

Thanks, this is such a great idea. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Kristin said...

Great idea! I'm going to try it asap.