Alas, another grey and snowy winter day in Chicago. Ugh, I’m starting to feel like a guest at the Overlook Hotel from The Shining. Thank goodness I don’t have a hedge maze outside my apartment. I‘d probably freeze to death.
With spring on my mind, I continue to plow through my meatless voyage. Today, I was just thinking of some foods I’m thankful are vegetarian friendly. There are three in particular I have been relying on:
Hummus and Baba Ghanoush: I’m lumping these two delightful dips together because they pretty much go hand in hand. Hummus, as most of us know, is made up of pureed chickpeas with olive oil, spices and tahini.
Baba ghanoush is essentially the same thing but is made with eggplant opposed to chickpea. Um, has anyone noticed baba ghanoush is like the redheaded stepchild compared to hummus? Everytime I go to a party or take a peek in a friend’s ‘fridge, there’s always hummus, but no baba g! Am I in the minority by thinking baba ghanoush is far superior in terms of taste? I think so. Ok, I get that pureed eggplant isn’t super appealing, especially if you’re not fond of the vegetable, but if you haven’t already, give it a go! It’s delightful.
Soup: I’m not talking about borsch, here. Russia can keep their cold, purple soup as far as I’m concerned. I’m talking about cream of mushroom/asparagus/broccoli, lentil, minestrone and good ‘ol tomato. They have really helped thaw me out after battling that icy bitch known as polar vortex. That’s just naming a few, too. Soup, there it is!
Grilled Cheese: What’s soup without grilled cheese, yo!? The five-year-old in me will always enjoy processed Kraft singles melted between white bread, but as my palate and love of cheese has evolved, adult versions have taken over. I mean, the possibilities are pretty much endless. I like to add a vegetable like tomato or avocado. I’ve been really diggin’ Havarti cheese lately, (Havarti Dill, in particular) it melts perfectly, and goes nicely on pumpernickel bread. Actually, there’s a nice recipe for adult grilled cheese and zesty tomato soup here.
Thanks to these three delights, being a vegetarian hasn’t been too rough so far this year. Do you have any vegetarian staples that keep you going? Share them with me, please. Knowing there are others out there keeps me from wandering outside in the snow with an ax. Heeeeeere’s Johnny!