Friday, August 31, 2012

Amanda's lettuce wrap hummus "tacos"

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You learn a lot about a person when you live together.

While my wonderful friend Amanda was staying with us earlier this year, I learned that she always drinks her coffee cold. That she sometimes wears glasses without lenses just for fun. That she hardly ever sleeps. That she owns a pair of white platform ankle-strap "stripper shoes." And that even on my darkest day, or maybe especially on my darkest day, she can always make me smile just by being in the room.

(I love Amanda.)

When you live together you also start to eat the same way, just by virtue of the fact that you're eating out of the same refrigerator and pantry. When Amanda started making these healthy lettuce wraps filled with hummus, olives and cut-up veggies, we both got addicted. Now that she's back home in the land of the cheeseheads, I can't bring myself to make these "hummus tacos" - they make me cry. You, however, probably won't have the same reaction.

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Amanda's lettuce wrap hummus "tacos"
A healthy vegetarian snack or lunch. Crunchy leaves of romaine make great wrappers; a squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of feta brings it all together.
  • 4 leaves of romaine (use the inner leaves from the heart)
  • 1/2 cup hummus (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 4-inch piece English cucumber, unpeeled, cut lengthwise into narrow spears
  • 1/2 red or yellow bell pepper, seeded, cut lengthwise into narrow strips
  • 1/3 cup Kalamata olives, pitted
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 fresh lime
Lay the romaine leaves out on a plate or cutting board. Divide the hummus evenly among the four lettuce leaves, spreading it lengthwise. Divide the cucumber spears, bell pepper strips and olives evenly among the romaine leaves. Sprinkle each "taco" with feta and chili powder, then squeeze fresh lime juice over each one. Serve immediately, allowing two per person.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 servings


Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious said...

That's just a little bit brilliant! Or a lot. What a great lunch that would be. Sorry she moved.

FJKramer said...

Yum - what would you sub for the feta to make them vegan?

Erika Kerekes said...

@FJK - you could just leave the feta out. Maybe sprinkle on some chopped toasted SALTED almonds? The feta contributes a bit of salt and tang more than anything else.

Zeeona at Basil and Strawberry said...

This sounds awesome, thanks for the tip! I love fresh veggies with feta, and I was looking for something other than Greek salad. I will try it soon, I just have to learn how to make hummus (it is time anyway).

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