Today I made something for you that is really tasty, simple and healthy. It’s a delicious fresh hummus with roasted carrots. That is really such a great taste! I really love carrots, as a snack, in a salad and especially when they are roasted in the oven!
We have found a new house and the owner has agreed to let us rent it, which is of course really nice! And now we just think about packing, because that has to be done. And while Luis and I were planning, he said, why don’t you use up everything that’s in the cupboards and don’t buy anything new?
That gave me the idea to take on my own challenge: the #pantryclearingchallenge challenge! What kind of recipes would I develop with things I already have at home? I immediately came up with great ideas! I am really a person who likes a challenge, and especially a challenge that I came up with myself!
What I am going to do is very simple: I am going to cook with everything I have in my kitchen cupboards, but I will buy things like vegetables, meat, fish and fruit fresh, because that really should not be missing in our daily diet! And I will really make sure that all my rice, cans, pasta, and legumes are used up so that we have to buy fewer moving boxes!
And I really hope to inspire people to participate, and to cook the things you have in your cupboards. This is of course also a good subject for the Zero Food Waste collaboration that I have with dear Sara on Instagram! Let’s keep this trend going for the next several weeks, dear friends!
I secretly think that I will really come up with very healthy and easy recipes in the coming weeks!
For about 400 grams of hummus
- 500 gr carrots
- splash of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon thyme and rosemary
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 tin of chickpeas, 400 gr drained weight
- 1 tablespoon of tahini, 2 if you really like the taste
- olive oil
- 1.5 lemon, for the juice
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Peel the carrots and cut them in half. Crush the garlic a little, but leave it whole in the skin. Use a bowl to top the carrots and garlic with olive oil, or put it straight on a baking tray. First pour olive oil over the carrots and then sprinkle some salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme on top and mix well. Let everything stand for 5 minutes before putting the baking tray in the oven. Depending on the size of your carrots, it needs to bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove the carrots from the oven and let them cool. Drain the chickpeas in a colander, rinse well until completely clean. Put the chickpeas in a food processor or in a (hand) bender. Then add the carrots, the garlic cloves (now without the skin!), The oil and herbs that were on the baking tray, the lemon juice and the tahini and puree it all.
Gradually add a little olive oil, salt and pepper until it becomes a slightly thicker creamy paste, then stop mashing. Taste it all and continue with the hummus spices according to your own taste! I put in two tablespoons of tahini because I love it, a little chilli flakes and a little more olive oil and lemon! But that is of course entirely my own taste!
Let the hummus rest a bit in the refrigerator before serving. This way the flavours develop better! And enjoy it, so delicious and healthy with a fresh slice of bread!
Voilà, a home-made hummus that will make many people happy!
So you see again how simple it is to make hummus yourself at home. It’s really not rocket science! I had plenty of carrots left, I always have several cans of legumes and beans on my kitchen counters and always tahini at home because I love making my yogurt tahini sauce!
And that’s why I always want to share all my secrets with you, to show that cooking doesn’t have to be difficult at all. Sometimes it is just very simple and too good for words! Or too good to share, of course!
And thank you to Luis who always brings me genius ideas and thanks also to you, my dear readers! You keep me going with your sweet comments on my Instagram! And now I really wish you a nice Wednesday and enjoy life and the beautiful weather! See you again soon!