This take on chickpea hummus will not only surprise you with it’s secret ingredient, but it will leave you wanting more! And the best part is…you can have as much of it whenever you want: it’s a completely unlimited Nutritarian food!
The Secret Ingredient
I was looking to make a great Nutritarian recipe, and I stumbled on this recipe for Curried Carrot Hummus from the Smart Kitchen and LOVED the secret ingredient in it…a whole orange!
I’m always looking to add in more fruits and veggies to my meals, so this hummus recipe was perfect. I just adapted it to get the texture and flavor I wanted, and voila — a perfect Nutritarian hummus spread!
Tell Me a Little About Hummus
According to Wikipedia:
Hummus is a Levantine (meaning the area encompassing Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, Syria, Turkey and northern Iraq) and Egyptian food dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas or other beans, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. Today, it is popular throughout the Middle East (including Turkey), North Africa (including Morocco), and in Middle Eastern cuisine around the globe. It can be found in most grocery stores in North America.
This must be why I love hummus so much: I’m 1/4 Syrian. :P
This recipe definitely challenges the definition of hummus, as there is no lemon juice, tahini or olive oil…but I’m using the more Americanized definition here: a chickpea spread. If you think of it that way, it’s TOTALLY hummus. And hey, what Nutritarian foods ever follow the “agreed upon culinary rules” anyhow?? Ha!
So Many Ways to Use This Hummus
You can use this hummus in your healthy-eating plan, as a great thing to keep in your fridge for up to a week…and you can just grab a spoonful whenever you’re feeling hungry and need a little pick-me-up. It’s definitely got staying power due to its high fiber content.
But I’ve thought of a few other ways you could use it as well:
- As a snack by itself for when you’re hungry and preparing other foods
- As a dip for fresh, raw veggies
- As a spread on lettuce leaf or corn/whole grain tortilla tacos
- As a spread inside of spring roll or veggie sushi
- As a spread or “sauce” for a whole grain tortilla pizza
- Dolloped on top of a healthy salad
This Curry Carrot Chickpea Hummus provides just the right bulk and dimension to any healthy, balanced Nutritarian meal!
- 1 small sweet onion, chopped
- 2 medium carrots, chopped
- 1 medium navel orange, peeled and quartered
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger (about ¾ inch)
- 2 cans no- or low-sodium chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander
- ½ teaspoon ground mustard
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- In a food processor, add the first 4 ingredients and pulse and process to combine. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until desired consistency.
- Note: Feel free to replace the spices with your own favorite curry blend.
What do you think of using an orange and carrots in a hummus recipe? Think you’ll like it??
Be sure to let me know what you DO think if you try this one!