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Veggie lovin’

I love being a vegetarian.

Nonetheless, I am always a little hesitant to come right out and tell people I’m a vegetarian.  I’m not at all ashamed of being a vegetarian, but I’m simply aware that different people have different connotations of what exactly it means to be a vegetarian.

No, I’m not a tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing hippy. However, I do what I can to respect the environment, I own a pair of ‘Stocks and I have a peace sign key chain.

No, I’m not a “PETA freak.” However, I do have pets and don’t feel comfortable with the thought of eating animal meat. (Side note: There is a PETA activist named “Emily McCoy,” who was arrested after a pie-throwing incident…  I digress.)

No, I’m not paranoid about everything that passes my lips. However, I know that I feel better when I eat wholesome, healthful foods.

At the end of the day, I am a vegetarian for many reasons. I don’t attach to any particular aspect of vegetarianism; yet, I relate to most every stereotype to come degree.

On that note: No, I’m not a hummus dipping herbivore. However, I do make some face-rocking hummus, if I do say so myself.

Spiced Parsley Hummus

A moderate amount of spice, a fresh color an addicting taste make this hummus the perfect summer dip.



  • 1 can 15-oz chickpeas, drained, with liquid reserved and  beans rinsed
  • 1 T fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 T tahini
  • 1/4 C loosely packed parsley
  • 1/4 t paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor
  • Begin blending, adding enough reserved chickpea liquid to make creamy
  • Refrigerate and serve chilled or at room temperature with crackers, pita or crudities

OK, maybe I’m a little more stereotypical than I like to admit. But, hey, that might not be such a bad thing after all.