As some of you may know, being a vegetarian is not exactly the easiest thing to do. There’s so much food you can’t have, it’s so annoying. When you’re in a big hurry and your friends stop by at KFC (and you used to love fried chicken) what’s something fast you can snack on besides lettuce?
People have this image of vegetarians as people who only eat vegetables, because it’s just easier to associate us with vegetables I guess. But the truth is, we just eat everything normal except for animal-based food. It’s not like we say that meat-eaters are 100% carnivores, jeez.
I found that since becoming a vegetarian, I’ve been eating much more fruits and vegetables, replacing cookies and muffins with healthy food. I don’t know if that’s normal, or just something I unconsciously decided to do, but I really do like eating veggies for snack. However, the best veggie snack in my opinion is veggies n’ dip.
My personal favorite is labneh which is a Lebanese (or Greek, depending what you prefer) dip usually served as an appetizer. Recently though, I’ve tried guacamole, and I immediately fell in love.
So my veggie snack on-the-go suggestion? Fresh veggies n’ guacamole!
Feel free to add a chopped tomato if you like, a bit of cilantro might be tasty as well. Many stores now sell reheatable naan bread – Whole Foods, etc. Totally fine for this recipe. Or, even better, stop into your favorite local Indian restaurant and pick up a stack to use for dipping.
1 small white onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
a few big pinches of cumin powder
a few big pinches of Indian curry powder
Garlic or plain naan bread, cut into wedges (not gluten free)
Heat oven to 350 and bake the naan wedges for 10 minutes or so – just enough for them to crisp up a bit.
In a small bowl combine the onion, garlic, and avocado flesh. Take the lime and give a generous squeeze or two. Add the salt, cumin and curry powder. Give everything a good stir, but don’t overdo it. Taste. Now start adjusting. Do you need a bit more lime? A bit more salt? Want a stronger curry flavor? Go for it.
Serve in a bowl with a big pile of the naan wedges on the side and a sprinkling of curry powder on top (a bit of chopped cilantro would look nice as well).
And as for the veggies, I suggest you buy mini carrots at the grocery store, or chop up brocoli, celery sticks or even apple slices. Put the ensemble in a small tupperware, pouring the dip in a seperate compartment and you have your veggie snack!