I'm not a vegetarian by nature. Not that I have anything in particular against vegetarianism as a diet choice -- I just like the taste of meat too much to go, um, cold tofurkey. So when I choose to cook (or, in this case, prepare) a vegetarian dish, it has to be really worth my while.
Today as I was foraging in the pantry, I came across a bulk-food bag of bulgur wheat that I'd purchased about a month ago. About an hour and a half and lots of chopping time later, my honey and I had tabbouleh and hummus, both homemade, stuffed into mini-pitas as sandwiches. Oh, they were SO GOOD. And if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, now's a pretty good time to make tabbouleh since you can pick up really ripe tomatoes for a good price.
If you're curious, I used this recipe (made "Old Country Style") with a few tweaks. I didn't have fresh spearmint, so I used the 2 T. of crushed dried spearmint called for in the other variation, and I added just over 1 cup of cucumber, seeded and finely chopped. I also ran out of olive oil (horrors!), so I used a tiny bit of peanut oil along with the olive. It tasted great.
Hummus is ridiculously easy if you have a food processor. Peel a coupla good-sized cloves of garlic, whirl them in the processor until they're in little pieces, open a can of garbanzo beans (draining all but about half a cup of the liquid, which is reserved for use in a few minutes) and whirl with the garlic, add about a quarter-cup of tahini, the garbanzo liquid, some lemon juice, salt and pepper, then process while adding a thin stream of olive oil to the mix. It's done when it's a nice smooth dipping consistency. Garlicky good! Some people like to serve it with more olive oil and some sumac sprinkled on top, but I think it's good just as is. (And really good in a tabbouleh-filled pita.)
I think I need some sort of magical transport so that I could shower you all with the joys of tabbouleh. Well, not literally, of course -- most of us don't associate "shower fresh" with the scent of green onions and olive oil -- but I would wave my magic wand, and *poof* in your fridge would be a little take-out box of tabbouleh! Ah, making the world happier through random culinary surprises. (Maybe I should be the Tabbouleh Fairy? ...Nah.)