You know when you have those leftover odds and ends in the fridge that you can't bear to throw them away? That seems to be when I'm the most creative (in my own head). And this is how this recipe came about.
For several weeks now I've been toying over the idea of making carrot hummus of some kind. I really like hummus and have made regular chickpea/tahini hummus and have added a few things to mix it up here and there like this red beet hummus I've made a time or two. All you do really, is add a couple of roasted beets and, violia! It has never failed to be really delicious, not to mention A BEAUTIFUL FUCHSIA .
So I love carrots. LOVE them. I know they can be high in sugar but I don't eat much sugar and I can somehow get away with the way I process the sugar from carrots and from most fruit. I put carrots in almost everything like smoothies, muffins, etc. etc. So why not hummus? And, I saw that Publix had carrot hummus to which I'd rather make my own and add my own ingredients. Did I mention it is vegan, gluten-free and dairy free?
So let's get to the recipe.
When making hummus you need your base ingredient (carrots), some form of nut (I used raw cashews thinking that would be interesting and is what I had in the pantry), oil (I opted for grapeseed oil which I almost regretted until (hear me out) the end product - I thought I had ruined it but it worked, lemon juice (which I usually have on hand).
HERE IS THE EXACT RECIPE AS I SCIENTIFICALLY BEGAN TO MAKE IT (LOL) with my taste buds.
1 cup carrots (I had shredded)
1/2 cup raw unsalted cashews
drizzle of grape seed oil (as needed for consistency)
salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. ground turmeric
1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 tsp red curry paste
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp sriracha (add more for more heat)
Add your carrots and cashews in the food processor. I used my mini food processor cause it's the coolest thing since, well - since I can bake and slice my own gluten-free bread (HA HA). If you don't have one YOU NEED TO GET ONE - NOW! I suggest the Cuisinart! Once you grind these two, you'll have a semi-rough consistency.
Start adding your drizzle of oil a little at a time. You're going to have to eyeball this and you'll start to notice a smoother consistency. Now, don't go all crazy with the oil. Just a little here and there because you'll also be adding some lemon juice. NEXT, add the salt and pepper, your spices, and the remaining ingredients then mix well.
NOTE: you can always add MORE heat but you cannot take heat out (well, kind of but it's not easy). So, a little heat, then if its not to your liking, add a little more and mix. I had to keep mine a little on the mild side though I LOVE spicy foods - just because I'm sharing with folks who do not like a lot of spice.
In the end, it's delicious. I topped mine with some Chia seeds for a little decoration and served it with Gluten-free Beet Chips. You could serve it with carrots :) and it would be outstanding!
Enjoy and let me know what you think - unless you totally hate it. Then I don't care to hear about it.
This post was written by Susan Avello, Personal Chef at Lean Bean Chef Personal Chef Services in Dothan Alabama - offering , Personal Chef Services, Meal Planning, Cooking Classes, Private Dinner Parties and Education on Healthy Eating.
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