Monday, July 25, 2005
Mostly Mediterranean Snack
Just to prove that not everything I eat contains sugar.
This is a super easy snack (or lunch, depending on how much lands on my plate) that requires zero cooking ability. I picked up all of the components at my local market. Most markets now have beautiful selections of by-the-pound olives in or near the deli case. I chose 3 different types of olives. From the top, counter clockwise: green olives with Italian herbs, Kalamata, feta-stuffed green olives. The green olives with Italian herbs are something new I wanted to try. They are packed in vinegar & olive oil, I think. They have a nice oregano flavor. Kalamata, which I have eaten before and knew I liked are lighter on the salt and vinegar than some other types of olives, certainly less than the other two types I have here. Then we have the feta-stuffed olives. I like feta. I like olives. I found out I don't like the two together. The feta in the olives got rather... shall we say... funky. I like funky cheese but there's funky and then there's funky.
The hummus and pita are prepackaged. I simply cut the pita into wedges and if you wanted, you could place the wedges on a baking sheet and warm them in the oven for about 10-15 minutes at 300 degrees just to give them a little more crisp. The hummus I chose is simply the only brand this particular store carried at the moment. I chose the extra garlic flavor. There are many flavors to try and the roasted red pepper flavor is quite nice too... a great choice if you've never had hummus before and want to give it a try. Hummus is a very healthy alternative protein source. One serving (according to the label: 2 tablespoons) has 50 calories, 2 grams of fat (which is mostly a good fat because it comes from olive oil) and 3 grams of protein.
If you don't eat olives (I have recently learned of a few people who would rather not) you could certainly skip them, though I feel the salty olives compliment the hummus and pita very well.