Thyme roasted carrot hummus

Like many of my recipes, my inspo for this came from Oh She Glows. That, and a pesky bag of Trader Joe’s roasted carrots I’ve been trying to get rid of…

In the new year, when I was doing a big TJ’s haul, I came across a bag of multicolored roasted carrots in the freezer aisle. FUN, I thought, picking up a bag and putting it in my cart. Apparently I was the only one who thought cooked carrots were fun delicious…

A week or two passed and I still had that bag of roasted carrots in my freezer when I found out my grandparents would be coming down to visit. One of my favorite things to do is cook for my family and friends so I knew I wanted to make them dinner the night they arrived. I had a plan to make chicken in our sous vide, garlic cheesy bread, peas, and those roasted carrots!

…Until my grandma told me my grandpa doesn’t like cooked carrots (what!?). I nixed the carrots and told Mike. That’s when he told me he actually doesn’t like cooked carrots either (double what!?).

Fast forward to a girl’s night at my next door neighbors’ house last week. We were doing wine and heavy apps. I brought cheese, salami, hummus, snap peas, spanakopita, and, as a last minute edition, I cooked up those roasted carrots. Badda bing, I was going to use them after all!

Or so I thought… Everything was a hit, except for the carrots.

Full of apps wine, and laughs, I walked home with my glass container still full of roasted carrots. Damn. I really hate wasting food so I plopped them in my refrigerator hoping I would get around to eating them (the whole bag, by myself) before they turned…

AND THEN I stumbled upon the genius idea to make hummus with them. Yes! Let’s go.

The great thing about this recipe is the carrots basically double your hummus volume. Plus, if you cheat and buy pre-roasted carrots like I did, it’s super simple. Also a win, Mike is going to eat those roasted carrots and have no idea 😉 mwahahaha

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Thyme roasted carrot hummus

Prep time:  10 minutes – Cook time: 5 minutes – Servings: A LOT 

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups of roasted carrots* (if you can’t find the pre-roasted, I would follow the Oh She Glows recipe on how to roast them yourself)
  • 1 can or box (no BPA!) of chickpeas
  • Chickpea water, reserved
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • Garlic clove and salt to taste
  • Cumin to taste (optional)

*note: the carrots I bought were roasted in thyme but I think you can change the herb here to whatever you have on hand

Directions: 

  • Add everything but the carrots to a blender and blend until smooth
  • Slowly add carrots and blend until smooth
  • Pour out and serve with veggies and crackers

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Look at all of that HUMMUS!

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The light in me sees the light in …honey and coconut granola!

“It’s supposed to throw you off balance. It’s yoga.” The instructor told the class as I clumsy struggled to stay in half moon. While trying to focus my attention on an imperfection in the hardwood (a yogi trick to help with balance, picking one spot and starring at it), I  couldn’t help but relate the instructor’s words about yoga to life.

It’s supposed to throw you off balance…

Thinking about it more as we transitioned into warrior III, I realized this actually happens a lot: the overlap from my yoga practice to my life. (…Maybe my next book will be titled From My Yoga Mat to My Life.) It’s actually one of the things I love about yoga;  how my practice isn’t only beneficial for my body but for my mind and spirit as well. Yoga allows me to disconnect with life off of the mat and reconnect with myself. Plus, the skills I learn on the mat are transferable to everyday life. I like to remember that in yoga, and in life, we are going to be thrown off balance occasionally.  I’m trying hard to remind myself that a little instability is okay and normal.  It helps us stretch (and wiggle) in new ways and also helps us get stronger.

Just like a hardy bowl of homemade granola! amiright!?

I hate how most store-bought granolas are packed with sugar so I thought I would give it a go and make my own!  (I used this video from WhatsUpMoms☀️ as a guide=)


Namaste Granola 

Prep time: 15 minutes – Cook time: 30 minutes – Serves: 4

Dry ingredients

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 shredded coconut
  • dash of cinnamon and cardamon

Wet ingredients

  • 2 heaping tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • dash of vanilla

Directions

  • Bring your wet ingredients to a boil
  • Add to the dry ingredients, mixing together
  • Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes
  • Let cool and then be super trendy and put into mason jar 😉

 


Toasted delicious-ness to demolish in the AM with some yogurt and honey or almond milk and berries!