Toad's Kitchen

(mostly) healthy recipes for the family

Archive for the tag “vegan”

Garlicky Hummus

Most people I know love hummus. It lends itself to all kinds of dipping vegetables and crackers, pita bread (of course) and is lovely when flavoured with other things such as pureed roasted red peppers, and our favourite, garlic. It is also good in sandwiches and wraps.

This is super easy to make and so superior to bought hummus, and the best thing is that the ingredients are those which are in most people’s kitchens.

1-19 oz can chickpeas, drained (keep liquid in a measuring jug, do not discard)

4-5 large cloves garlic

juice of one lemon

1 tsp. cumin seeds, ground

1 tsp. each salt and pepper

3 heaping tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste)

olive oil for drizzling

2 tbsp parsley, chopped, and one sprig for garnish along with a lemon slice for glamour

Place 3 garlic cloves, lemon juice seasonings and tahini in blender jar and blend until combined. Add chickpeas and maybe 1/2 cup of the reserved liquid. Whiz in the blender, adding more liquid a little at a time if the consistency of the hummus is too stiff.

Correct seasoning and put into serving dish. Chop remaining garlic and sprinkle over top, then drizzle olive oil over all. The oil will absorb the garlic taste while it sits, for extra garlic flavour.

Put it in the fridge to “mellow” for a few hours. When serving, stir the oil into the hummus and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Cut lemon slice almost all the way across, place on side of bowl and tuck parsley spring into it. Now your hummus is dressed for guests 🙂

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Savoury Carrot Salad

This recipe comes from Dane and Brittany, and is a souvenir of their trip with Robert and Krisalyn aboard Lagu!

4 carrots, washed, peeled and shredded
1/3 cup of chopped toasted nuts
1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano (or more to taste)
1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp Dijon style mustard
1 fresh garlic clove, minced
Pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper
Directions:

In a bowl, put the shredded carrots, toasted nuts, and fresh oregano. Lightly toss together.

Combine the rest of the ingredients in a measuring cup and whisk well. Pour over the other ingredients and toss until carrots are coated.

Taste and adjust as needed.

Serve right away, or chill.

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