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I have always loved Italian food but when I started dating and then married The Artist, it took on a much deeper meaning. This was the food of his family, his heritage, it runs in his veins. He cannot live without pasta, marinara sauce, cured meats, and Italian cookies. If he has a bad day, all I have to do is make him a bowl of pasta and it makes him smile.
The Artist’s favorite lunch or between-meal snacks are the foods found on an antipasti platter. We regularly bridge the time between lunch and dinner with some charcuterie, cheese, fresh fruit, or veggies and hummus. Those years of after school snacks have hung around for us – we never seem able to wait for dinner. If you are hosting a dinner party, having a snack tray out for nibbling will keep your guests entertained while you finish preparing the main meal. When your family gets home and are relaxing together in the kitchen while you’re making dinner, everyone always gathers in the kitchen, this will keep them happy and satisfied!
The Artist has the metabolism of a teenager, able to eat constantly and still not gain weight. Being the absolute opposite, I hate this about him LOL. Being able to have easy snacks available is crucial in this house and that’s when I am extremely grateful for the good folks at Sabra. Their wide variety of hummus, salsas, guacamoles, Mediterranean Salads, and Greek yogurt dips means there is always something for him to grab and stave off his hunger while I am preparing dinner.
The folks at Sabra came up with the perfect moniker for the stand-at-your-counter and grazing, enjoying the camaraderie and conversation that occur naturally when sharing food. They call it The Unofficial Meal. Purposely planning a daily ritual of eating fresh food together – whether it is your family or a group of friends – the atmosphere is casual and relaxed, no fussy formalities to bother with. And at the end of a busy day or work week, there is nothing better than gathering together, chatting while nibbling on finger foods, and sharing a glass of wine. The conversations begin and often continue long into the night.
Today I put together a spread that utilized prosciutto I had in the refrigerator and any veggies I could find in the bins. I love the saltiness of the prosciutto against the bright crunch of fresh vegetables. Just about anything works as long as it can be cut into spears for wrapping. And then I added some radishes because heck, you can’t have enough things to dip in those amazing types of hummus!
It was a tough decision which of the hummus flavors I would use for today’s #UnofficialMeal. Chipotle, Olive Tapanade, Roasted Garlic, Tuscan Garden, and Rosemary with Sea Salt were all in the running. But I finally settled on the Basil Pesto and Lemon Twist flavors, both the perfect accompaniment to our prosciutto-wrapped veggies.
To find a retailer near you, just click on their Store Locator tab on the top of the page, put in your zip code and up pops a map with all the stores in your area. If your store isn’t carrying the flavor you want, don’t be shy, ask the manager to order it for you! They love making their customers happy. 🙂
Enjoy spending time with your family and friends – sharing healthy, delicious foods, scintillating conversation, and loads of laughter that helps us unwind and relax. Have a fabulous week!
Jane’s Tips and Hints:
This is the perfect way to use up small amounts of leftover vegetables – dig around in your fridge and I’ll bet you’ll find half a bell pepper, some carrots and the last few stalks of celery. And this time of the year, asparagus is the perfect addition. If you have some hummus left after a party, scrape them into smaller bowls and set out a tray like this one. I bet it will all be gone in minutes!
All of Sabra’s products are gluten-free at <20 ppm. They are the perfect wholesome foods to have available for your hungry kids to quickly grab after school.
- Fresh vegetables, rinsed and patted dry
- Very thinly sliced prosciutto
- Sabra Hummus
- Crackers and chips, optional
- There is no set recipe for this - just use what you have or the vegetables and flavors you love the most. Taller or longer vegetables naturally make it easy to wrap.
- Rinse all the vegetables and pat dry. Trim off tough ends, take out stems and seeds if needed, and cut them into longish spears. About 4 to 5-inches is perfect. Microwave them for a couple of 15-second bursts or until crisp tender - especially the asparagus and bell peppers - the carrots and celery can be served completely raw.
- Take a single piece of very thinly sliced prosciutto and wrap it around a vegetable spear. (If you are using very thin or shorter pieces, cut the slices of prosciutto in half or quarters.) The prosciutto naturally sticks to itself, but place them seam-side-down to make it easier to grab. If you have vegetarians in your gang, leave the prosciutto off some of the veggies. I like standing the plain ones upright in a glass for interest.
- You can pre-wrap the vegetables up to about an hour in advance, wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. I bring mine out about 20 minutes early to let them warm up slightly.
- Set them out along with tubs of Sabra hummus - no need to put it in a special bowl - save yourself the clean up later, plus the red packaging adds beautiful color to your array. Add some crackers or chips if you want and dive in!
Sabra recipes from other talented bloggers!
Simple Salt & Pepper Quinoa Crackers from Amy of Amy’s Healthy Baking
Pizza Topped Hummus from Heather of Basil Momma
Greek Hummus Platter from Jennie of One Sweet Mess
Lemon Twist Hummus with Spring Pea Pesto & Gremolata from Debra & Rod of Smith Bites
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