A Fun Way to Eat Some Vegetables


awesome dinner

I don’t often tell you about stuff I ate when I’m not posting a recipe, but maybe I should when it’s really good.

Tonight’s dinner is something easy that was inspired in part by an appetizer we used to get at the now-defunct Privata Cafe in Chicago. It goes something like this:

  • Make some cucumber salad. Cucumber salad is a mom thing (perhaps a midwestern mom thing but that’s hit or miss — Ben’s mom makes cucumber salad like this but my mom doesn’t). Peel and chop a cucumber (or you can thinly slice) and mix with 2 parts sour cream to one part mayo, plus salt and pepper to taste (and a little dill if you want). This is supposed to be made with yogurt, which could make it more healthy, but Ben insists that he hates yogurt (although that’s just silly, because he hates mayo, too, but I’m not complaining because he’s the cook).
  • Cut up and fry some vegetables in a little oil until tender. Tonight we had zucchini and yellow squash from the garden plus carrots and onions.
  • Warm a tortilla (I have half of a flour tortilla here because I generally roll open-faced style) over a gas burner. Alternatively, use pita, as seen on Ben’s plate above. Top your tortilla or fill your pita with a layer of hummus (we had green chile hummus that Ben made the other day) and the vegetables. Garnish with Sriracha and feta cheese (and tahini dressing if you have any — we didn’t tonight and it was fine). Take a giant serving of cucumber salad.
  • Enjoy, possibly with a beer. (Mine was 400 Pound Monkey IPA from New Belgium. My dessert beer tonight is Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing and holy crap it is good.)

I never thought of combining hummus with cooked veggies until we had it at Privata but wow, it’s really good.

Unfortunately, Soren misconstrued hummus as some sort of spa treatment that he smeared all over himself, but he seemed to enjoy the cucumber salad and, of course, the tortilla. That’s one of his favorite words: Tortilla! Tortilla! Tilla! Tillllllla! Speaking of Soren, Ben decided to give him a pillow tonight for the first time. When I checked on him, he was sleeping on the pillow like, well, like a little person. He was still tucked in under the blanket, too. My baby is growing up so fast you guys.