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Pistachio Artichoke Hummus


Then men in my life can be slightly high-maintenance at times.

This weekend, Mr. Prevention was upstairs playing with a new remote control model plane — a hobby of his that could not interest me less. One of our bedrooms is filled with my step-son, the albino corn snake named Pinky, and about about 4 model planes. Sore subject. I knew Mr. Prevention had just received a NEW model plane and was tinkering around with it while I was cooking/baking something (what exactly I can’t recall). All of a sudden, he comes rumbling down the stairs holding a rag over his forearm saying, “I cut myself like really, really bad on the propeller…”.

He took the rag away for a moment and without going into detail (food…blood…I get it), it was possible that he could’ve needed stitches. (FROM A MODEL PLANE?!?!?) Instead, however, I cleaned and bandaged him up and we’ve been doing a lot of that ever since. I have learned that his tolerance for pain…is not high.


Monday night, I had made a meal, per Mr. P’s request. At least in part. I’ve been wanting to make lamb burgers and to accompany the burgers, he requested bell peppers, zucchini, red onion, and mushrooms on the grill. I was happy to oblige and as I was pulling dinner off the grill, I knew we’d both be thrilled with our super healthy, first grill meal of the season.

…and then his work phone rang. I ate dinner solo and he reheated dinner 30 minutes later. #angrywife

Then, we get to last night. I was allllll excited about the dinner I had planned to make: Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Salad. Normally, I can add “buffalo” into the title of a recipe and he’s all over it like white on rice. Last night, I caught grief over “quinoa,” never mind the “buffalo” portion of the recipe. Impossible to please, I tell you!


This recipe? Mr. Prevention NOR my father would touch this with a 10-foot pole. Mr. Prevention is not a hummus fan and my dad, well, he makes verbal noises of disgust upon even hearing the WORD “hummus”.

“It’s BIRD FOOD, Nicole…I just don’t like it!”

Husband…father…listen up. You’d like this, I can (almost) guarantee it. What’s not to love about pistachios, Parmesan cheese, and artichokes? Get over the chickpeas already, alright?


Yours Truly



Pistachio Artichoke Hummus from Weekly Bite

1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
12 oz marinated artichokes (do not drain the marinade)
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup pistachios
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
juice of one lemon


Pour the pistachios into a food processor or high speed blender. Blend until pistachios are crushed. Add the garbanzo beans, artichokes (with marinade), and the juice of on large lemon. Process until all ingredients are blended and smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Yield: 2 1/2 cups (10 servings, 1/4 cup each)

Nutrition Information (per 1/4 cup): 103 calories; 5.2 g. fat; 3 mg. cholesterol; 265 mg. sodium; 8.1 g. carbohydrate; 4.7 g. fiber; 4.8 g. protein; 1.3 g. sugar

Result: Mmmm! I love this twist on hummus – nuts and artichokes?! Swoon. I was concerned the liquid from the marinated artichokes would be way too much…but it was the perfect amount. I kept this on hand all week to nosh on. I served mine with cucumber slices and malba crackers – deeelish!


Half way to Friday! May 1…crazy!

Be well,


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  1. The Candid RD
    May 1, 2013 / 7:50 am

    Just noticed the link to your cookbook!!!!!!
    Guess who’s getting a new cookbook soon?!
    ME!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Nicole, RD
      May 1, 2013 / 8:42 pm


  2. Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa
    May 1, 2013 / 8:33 am

    What a great twist on hummus!

  3. Rebecca
    May 1, 2013 / 9:48 am

    Oh, I can sympathize on the model planes! My husband is into RC helicopters and now also RC planes. He has sustained a few injuries, luckily no stitches yet. But our second bedroom/office is covered in helicopter parts. It’s insane.

    Also, I made your zucchini and black bean tacos for dinner last night and YUM! If it’s okay with you, I’d like to share the recipe on my blog (I will credit and link back to you, of course).

    • Nicole, RD
      May 1, 2013 / 8:41 pm

      Haha, I’m glad 1) my husband is not the only RC helicopter/plane lover/owner and 2) that he isn’t the only one to get injured!

  4. dixya@food, pleasure, and health
    May 1, 2013 / 1:40 pm

    I cannot understand the phobia behind delicious hummus, tofu, and spinach – people are really missing out Nicole. That only means one thing – we have more to indulge ๐Ÿ˜› I love the twist on hummus ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Biz
    May 1, 2013 / 3:43 pm

    Ha, I made a beet hummus once and I thought my husband was going to throw up just looking at it, but it was delicious!

    I am with you – May 1 already? Hannah’s last day of school was yesterday already! Can’t believe she’ll be a senior in college next year – gah!

    • Nicole, RD
      May 1, 2013 / 8:40 pm

      CRAZY! I remember when she graduated high school! #feelingold!

  6. Amy
    May 1, 2013 / 11:34 pm

    My dad can be the EXACT same way. We would all sit down at the dinner table (on the rare occasion that he was actually home from work in time to eat with us), and his cell would ring less than 30 seconds into the meal. He’d come back just as we were finishing doing the dishes — lucky man to get out of that chore! I’m sorry you have to put up with that! :\

    But on the plus side, my dad actually loves hummus. He’ll dig his carrots into the dip and come out with more hummus than carrot, so he’d definitely eat more than his fair share of yours!

  7. Katelyn Rose
    May 2, 2013 / 12:43 pm

    OMG I cannot wait to make this. Cheese, pistachios, hummus. Some of my favorites!!! Seriously drooling right now….how have I never thought of this combination?!?

  8. Health and Fitness
    May 9, 2013 / 2:13 am

    I will surely make this on weekend. You solve my big issue.

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