Anyone else trying to cut down on the amount of meat and saturated fat in their diet? I'd raise my hand but at this point it's covered in barbecue sauce from my baby back ribs. I use to be a whole lot better at making vegetarian meals than I am now. I don't know if I just got lazy or bored or maybe a little of both, but I'm back on the bandwagon now and trying to make more meat free recipes.
Did you know that you're much more likely to keep your New Year's Resolution if you set a specific time to work on your goal? I bring this up because I ran across a great site that I wanted to pass on to you all (or y'all if you're in the south, or youse guys if your related to me by marriage.) The site is Meatless Mondays, which is joint project begun in 2003 by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The site encourages Americans to make Monday meatless in an effort to reduce saturated fat in our diets. Sounds like a worthy goal to me! You can go to the site for recipes, nutritional information and if you want, sign up for their weekly e-newsletter, with the latest health news, product recommendations, tips and coupons.
This recipe is one of my old veggie standbys. I don't know why I haven't made it in so long. You can serve this as an appetizer with pita bread for dipping or take it along as a lunch and dip all kinds of veggies into it, carrots, celery, red pepper strips, they all make great carriers for this high protein dish.
My favorite way to serve hummus is inside a pocket pita bread with sliced cucumbers and lettuce. Yummmm..... I'm particularly partial to Basson Bakery Original Pocket Pita Bread. It's made here in Washington, but I don't know if it's available nationally. They also don't have an Internet presence (Hey Basson! Get with the program, it is 2009, you need a website!) If you want to stuff your hummus inside a piece of bread make sure your pita is the "pocket" variety and not the flat Greek variety.