I have officially heard it all! A 2010 study suggested that just like clothing and accessories, we women pick meals to enhance our desirability to the opposite sex. In other words, we order low-calorie foods when dining in mixed gender groups. Apparently meals like salads give off the impression that we are ‘healthy’ and ‘take care of ourselves’. If that’s the case, I should have a number of guys lining up at my front door given my recent salad consumption!
With the weather in Mumbai becoming brutally hot, salads are just about the only thing I want to eat for lunch. Thanks to the endless topping options, I can’t imagine this ‘phase’ dying anytime soon. As for ‘dressing’ my salads up, I prefer drizzling balsamic vinegar and then topping them with blobs of guacamole & hummus. I want to say that my use of the latter is to get my healthy fats in but really, it’s more to do with the fact that they both just taste so good. If anything, they MAKE the salad.
Over the weekend, I made a killer batch of hummus: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. It was so killer that even though I expected it to yield 4 servings, my mom & I killed it in one sitting alone…whoops!
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- 1 cup cooked chickpeas
- 2 tablespoons reserved chickpea liquid (either from cooking or draining the can)
- ½ cup roasted red pepper
- 2 garlic cloves minced (or 1-2 teaspoons garlic powder)
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- Salt to taste
- Place all ingredients into a blender and process until the hummus has reached your preferred consistency
- Scoop into a bowl and serve with your choice of dippers
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days…if it even lasts that long
What’s your take on this study? Is the food you eat affected by the company you are in?