Roasted Carrot Hummus

Ooh My! You will adore this recipe roasted carrot hummus if you like savory snacks and creamy spreads that can be topped off with a variety of veggies and sprouts. This savory hummus recipe is is quick and easy to blend together and if you don’t have tie to roast the carrots, just shred some raw carrots and add a little sprinkling of dried herbs to ramp up the flavors.  For traditional hummus flavor keep the Mediterranean spices, but for a creative edge, try garlic with rosemary and thyme.

When roasting carrots, if you cut the carrots into similar size pieces, they will cook evenly within a set time. when I roast vegetables I will typically roast a large quantity to have ready to use in other dishes or as sides. So fill up your baking sheet and get roasting, use a portion for this recipe.

To roast carrots, cut and toss with a little olive oil or to be oil-free, use broth or coconut aminos to coat the carrots. Sprinkle with salt and dried herbs and roast at 375-400 for 20-30 minutes. Length of cooking time will depend on the size of your pieces and the temperature.

When they are fork tender, they are ready. Use some in this recipe and save the remaining pieces for adding to a grain wellness bowl or even blended with some broth into a rich and creamy soup.

Roasted Carrot Hummus

A perfect dip or spread, packed with a nutritional punch and gentle sweetness.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: carrots, chickpeas, dip, hummus, spread, tahini, white bean
Servings: 4
Author: Chef Kim

Equipment

  • food processor
  • knife
  • Blender (optional)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup roasted carrots mashed
  • 1 ½ cups or 1 can cooked chickpeas
  • 3 T tahini
  • 3 T lemon juice
  • 1 T cumin
  • 2-6 T water
  • 1 T olive oil optional
  • ½ tsp sea salt

Instructions

  • Carrots can be roasted or raw in this hummus.
  • To roast, cut carrots in half or in large chunks, toss with some olive oil or broth and place on a baking sheet. Roast at 400 for 20-30 minutes. (Roast a big batch to eat and keep out ½ cup for this recipe)
  • If using raw, shred the carrots before continuing.
  • Combine carrots, chickpeas and remaining ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Start with the least amount of water and add more water if needed, to reach the smoothness and consistency desired.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl to use as a dip or spread onto toast, tortillas or collard leaves and pile high with chopped vegetables and avocado and roll up to make wraps.
  • Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Chickpea Hot Pot

This is a one pot meal, easy prep and then just wait for it to cook. The cook time will depend on the grain you use. Quinoa is quick cooking in about 15 minutes total, whereas, brown rice and farro will take about 30-40 minutes.

The picture is of the dish made with farro grain. Farro is an ancient Emmer wheat, so it does have gluten; however, it  has not been hybridized like traditional wheat is. Some people with sensitivities can tolerate the ancient grains with gluten (farro, spelt, einkorn) but have trouble with the traditional wheat. It is not suitable for those who have Crohn’s or a true allergy to gluten or wheat.

Chickpea Hot Pot

Easy one pot meal. This is delicious hot or cold.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower, chickpea, farro, grain, kale, one-pot meal, quinoa, rice
Servings: 4
Author: Chef Kim

Equipment

  • knife
  • dutch oven

Ingredients

  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2/3 c uncooked quinoa farro, or brown rice
  • 1 can chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 4 c vegetables broth
  • ½ c orange juice
  • 1 ½ c cauliflower small florets
  • 2 c kale chopped
  • Pinch salt

Instructions

  • If you use quinoa, everything can go in together at once, except kale. In a large pot, sauté onion in olive oil until the onion softens. Add the quinoa, chickpeas, broth, orange juice and cauliflower, stir well. Bring pot to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  • If using farro or rice, after sauteing onion, add grain and 2 cups of broth and simmer covered for 20 minutes. Then stir in the orange juice, remaining broth, cauliflower, chickpeas and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add the kale at the end and cook for another 5 minutes until wilted. If the mixture gets too thick, add a little water. Season to taste.

 

meatless burger

Buffal-Oat Chickpea Burgers

Are you looking for a meatless burger recipes? Meatless burgers are all the rage now! And if you don’t trust “lab meat” and need another alternative for a burger, try this Buffal-oat Chickpea burger that you can customize to your liking.  If you’re wondering if you should eat the Impossible Burger, I wrote a post about that.

This burger gets its protein from oats and chickpeas, or you could use any cooked beans, cannellini, black or kidney. The vegetables add flavor but also moisture as the burger cooks.

The flavor profile can change depending on the spices and sauces you add. The recipe is written for a Buffalo burger, but omitting the buffalo sauce and substituting salsa for a Mexican burger or adding mushrooms and smoked paprika for a smoky flavor are great ways to change it up. Or use BBQ sauce instead of the spicy buffalo sauce.

This is your burger, you really can have it your way! I like a little less spice, so I reduce the buffalo sauce and serve it topped with vegan mayo, tomato and microgreens. Yum!

Buffal-oat Chickpea Burgers

Protein rich plant burgers that hit the spot1 Wonderful topped with vegan mayo, tomato and microgreens.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buffalow sauce, chickpea, oats, veggie burger
Servings: 8

Equipment

  • food processor
  • Cutting board
  • chef knife
  • baking sheet or skillet
  • 1/2 cup measure

Ingredients

  • 4 tsp flax or chia meal plus 5T water
  • 3 T nutritional yeast
  • 4 tsp granulated garlic
  • 2 tsp granulated onion
  • 2/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup oat flour
  • 2 Tbsp Buffalo sauce or 1 tsp cayenne powder plus 2 Tbsp water
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp tamari soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped cauliflower
  • 2 cans chickpeas

Instructions

  • In a food processor or with a knife, finely chop the vegetables. The vegetables can be anything you have on hand or need to use up. You just need the combined amount, 2 cups, of vegetables in any combination
  • Combine flax meal and water in a small bowl, stir and set aside to thicken.
  • n a large mixing bowl, combine spices, oats and flour. Stir in the water, buffalo sauce and soy sauce. Mix well.
  • Add the flax mixture and chopped veggies. Stir well.
  • Use the food processor to pulse or a fork to mash the beans in a bowl and add the beans to the oat mixture.
  • Mix well pressing everything together to form a firm dough.
  • Use a half cup measure to scoop and make into patties.

To cook:

  • Place skillet over medium heat, wipe the pan with a little oil if necessary, place burgers into pan and cover, cook for 5 minutes, flip and cook another 5 minutes.
  • Burgers should be light brown on each side, cook longer if needed.
  • To bake a larger amount, place burgers on a parchment-lined pan and bake for 30 minutes, flipping half way through the cooking time. Patties can be frozen for quick and easy dinners

Notes

*Flavor profiles:
To change up the burger flavors, omit the buffalo sauce or cayenne and add the followig:
For Mexican burgers, add 3 Tbsp of salsa and 1 tsp of cumin.
For Smokey Mushroom, add 1 cup mushrooms sauteed until dry and add 1 tsp smoked paprika.