Being a Vegetarian makes me feel like I am a picky eater because of what I avoid. I consider myself "Nearly Vegan" because there are a few things along the lines of dairy products that I haven't been able to omit from my everyday life. I choose to not drink milk or eat eggs but sometimes the occasional cheese is hard to pass up. I made the personal decision to go vegetarian 2 and a half years ago after a major surgery that removed my gall bladder.
Being nearly vegan has kept me on my toes. You have to learn how to be creative and innovative with your foods and the possibilities are endless. There are just so many wonderful foods out in the world today and so many possible combinations it makes your head spin! One of my favorite things to do is to take a simple normal everyday food and turn it into something fun. Now, if you are big on eating meat, don't be discouraged by this recipe hub. I won't ALWAYS post Vegan foods. I have a few wonderful recipes up my sleeve that I will eventually post with tons of meat or a meat option available. I don't expect everyone to be vegan or to want to eat like me, I just want to share my knowledge and let you enjoy if you want!
THE RECIPE! Hummus with a kick!
WHAT YOU NEED!
8 garlic cloves, peeled
1 3/4 tsp. salt
2 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
6 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
5 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
medium tomatoes, diced and seeded (to remove excess moisture)
chopped 6 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO!
Blend garlic and salt together in a food processor
Add chickpeas, lemon juice, olive oil and cayenne.
Pulse until blended. Place mixture in bowl and fold in tomatoes and parsley
Taste for balance of flavors, adding more lemon juice, parsley or cayenne to taste.
This can be served chilled or room temperature drizzled with a little olive oil on toast or crackers. Great for parties on a platter with crispy pita chips!
Have fun with this! Add some of your favorite vegetables... maybe you like olives? Have fun with it and see what works for your palate!