Friday, November 6, 2009

Hummus/Balsamic Wrap


This wrap is a recreation of a crazy good wrap my good friend D made when we shared meals on a camping trip this summer. In hers, she put red cabbage, mozzarella cheese, hummus, carrots and balsamic vinaigrette. (I think she put some other vegetables in too, but I can't remember which ones.)



Hmm... D does not seem a befitting name for my friend. D is a nickname I associate with a different friend of mine, who is, in fact, a boy, and this D is, in fact, a girl. Perhaps I should come up with another nickname for her? Let's see... Oh! I got it! One of her favorite treats is this ridiculous (as in outrageously decadent) chocolate gateau from a gourmet dessert place in Portland called Papa Haydn. Hence, she shall be known now as Mama Haydn. Because we've already established that she is not a boy.


Ok, back to the wrap. Mama Haydn is a gourmet and she makes lots of delicious things, so I knew our camping dinner would not be just burgers and dogs. This combination of vegetables, even the red cabbage (which I always thought I didn't like much), worked so well together. But the best combination was the hummus paired with the balsamic vinaigrette. It was creamy and tangy and just awesome. I have been trying to recreate that wrap ever since we had it. I got pretty close today.
I used this hummus, which is really fucking tasty. It's safe to say it's one of my favorite hummuses (is that how you pluralize hummus? Oh well. It is now.).



I spread about a tablespoon of hummus onto a whole wheat tortilla, then topped with a slice of deli turkey. Then came the vegetables: red cabbage, carrots, radishes and cucumbers. I then drizzled balsamic vinegar over it all and wrapped it up. I'm not sure if making an actual vinaigrette with the balsamic would've enhanced the flavor; I think what I really like is the tang. I also added the requisite S&P.





I could not taste the turkey at all and would probably leave it out next time, since the hummus has protein in it, too.


I served my wrap with a side of roasted butternut squash (which is my absolute favorite squash! Yes, I have a favorite squash. I am a food nerd. I am ok with it.) and a few spoonfuls of full-fat cottage cheese, which I bought because they didn't have anything lower in fat. Whoo! It is rich when you're used to nonfat dairy! And, because I am weird and really, really like dipping sauces, I added a side of taco sauce with the squash. It got on the cottage cheese, too, and I was fine with that. There was also a bit of extra vegetables that wouldn't fit into the wrap, so I just ate them on the side like a mini salad.
All together now. Lunch is served!



3 comments:

Annie Powell, not yet PhD said...

I'm going with "humm-i."
looks yummy!

jeremy said...

VCK, have you tried making your own hummus? I know that stuff you pictured is good, but homemade takes the cake. I'll send you a recipe if you don't have one.

Good to see you backactive the past week, by the way. And butternut squash? Is there an emoticon for 'thumbs up'?

VCK said...

Jeremy,
Yes I have made my own hummus before--Mama Haydn's husband actually has a killer recipe for it. But I find it's easier to just buy it. I don't have a food processor, just a mini-chopper, so the texture never turns out right.