OK maybe I am over-reacting a little….well a lot but still, it hurts. I was “told” by my doctor that I needed to be off dairy for the next 3 or so weeks.
I don’t like to drink milk. no problem
I am not a yogurt fan. no worries
I don’t drown my sorrows with sour cream….mmmm sometime I do (with a glass of wine and a bag of chips!)
I might have a tiny small obsession with blue cheese salad dressing….oh….where is this going?
I eat cheese like I am a mouse….oh boy….I’m in trouble now!
I love cheese. I put cheese in everything. I run with cheese. OK I don’t but that would be kind of funny and cool at the same time….YES it would!
So I have been thinking of non-cheese recipes. Wouldn’t you know that everything I think of has cheese in it. So I went back to my college vegetarian/vegan epiphany (don’t ask) and all I ate was Tabouleh….in all reality I think it only lasted 1 month…but I did stretch the no alcohol for about a year….such foolishness….that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
WARNING: Before I start let me make clear that not only do I know that it can be spelled: tabouli or tabbouleh or tabouleh…I get it. I ALSO know that traditionally it is made with bulgur. I rarely buy that type of grain but I always have couscous or quinoa. That’s what I use. This is my version of it. Quick, easy and my kids like it….works for me!
3 cups cooked Couscous or Quinoa or Bulgur
4 cups parleys chopped (I like to mix flat leaf and regular parsley…I know I live on the edge)
5 green onions finely chopped (some people like to use red onion)
3 garlic cloves crushed and finely chopped
2 cups diced tomatoes (I had cherry and roma leftover)
Zest and Juice 1 lemon
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and Pepper
3 Tablespoons toasted pine nuts
1/2 cup fresh mint chopped (don’t send hate mail….I HATE mint)
1 English cucumber finely diced (I can’t eat cucumbers anymore….sadly)
Large bowl: put everything in there and mix well. Simple easy….I really don’t have many more instructions regarding this dish!
How I like to eat mine? In a warm pita bread…I fill the pita until it is ready to burst and that’s all I need. It is not only fresh and healthy but beautiful to look at.
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Peace and Check Your Teeth For Parsley!