Simple Hummus Wrap with Arugula

>> Friday, February 17, 2012

The fresh produce included with our frozen CSA share this month is some peppery arugula out of Ithaca, NY. I'm not usually a fan of lettuce-like greens, they make me think of grass and leaves from outside.

(Shameless excuse to post some outdoor photos I took this morning.)

But I do enjoy baby spinach, arugula, and kale. Sometimes collards, but late in my pregnancy with Ada, I developed an aversion to them that has stuck around. A lot of my friends and family don't understand why, as a vegetarian, I don't love all vegetable meals, especially salads. Obviously it's just personal preference, but I guess I can see why it seems strange.

Anyway, we've wasted no time finding a use for it, since we regard arugula as a bit of an extravagance. It adds tons of flavor to a tasty hummus wrap.

We don't need to tell you how to make a lunch wrap. Ours included homemade hummus, arugula, and mozzarella cheese. But the hummus recipe would be helpful if you're looking to go without store-bought. Stephen's parents gave us a tub of grocery hummus this weekend. It was good, but we're so used to making our own that it was almost too intense with salt and other flavors.

Here's our latest favorite:
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of salt, optional
  • Water, see below

Toss everything into a food processor and blend until smooth. Spread a generous amount on your wrap, but save the rest in the fridge for up to 1 week. Add water -- one tablespoon at a time -- until you reach your desired consistency.

One other tip: Use a smart wrap. Stephen's parents also brought us some whole wheat Mission wraps that have 26 grams of fiber and 9 grams of protein per serving (1 wrap)! Unfortunately, we can't find this exact type around our part of the country, so we'll be stocking up on our next trip to NJ.

Happy Friday! We'll be celebrating Valentine's Day this weekend -- if you'd like to read about how our actual V-day flopped, check out (never home)maker, baby!

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