Another month has come and gone, and to be honest, I am not really sad to see February go… I am over winter. It’s been a fairly mild one here in VA, but I am tired of wearing sweaters and coats, and anxiously awaiting the return of spring produce.
Although I have been dreaming of asparagus and strawberries, I have been enjoying the root vegetables that continue to be available from our local farms. I recently purchased a “Virginia Bounty Box” from Relay Foods that featured apples, squash, potatoes, and turnips. LOTS of apples, squash, potatoes, and turnips.
Most of the box made its way into the oven–roasting root vegetables is, after all, my favorite way to prepare them. I enjoyed many a salad topped with roasted turnips, but I also decided to try something a little different…
Hummus is traditionally made with chickpeas, but add some tahini, garlic, and lemon juice to almost any starchy-vegetable-based spread, and you have a delicious alternative! I threw a pinch of a Tandoori spice blend I had on hand into my turnip hummus for a bold flavor.
Yields about 2 cups hummus
- 3 cups roasted turnips
- Juice from 1/2 large lemon (about 2 Tablespoons)
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 2 generous Tablespoons tahini
- pinch Tandoori spice blend
- salt and pepper, to taste
Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. Serve with crackers, pita, or vegetables.
So I started to wonder – what other alternative hummus recipes might I like to try? Of course, the blog world was able to deliver.
All of the alternative hummus recipes I found include tahini, and most include lemon juice and garlic, but the “base” ranges from starchy vegetables to beans and even and nuts. Those that stick to the traditional chickpea add awesome flavors or toppings that take hummus to a whole new level.
As we do at the start of each month, I would like to say “Thank You” to my fellow bloggers for the inspiration they provide me on a daily basis. Here’s a round-up of a some of my current favorites blogs and their alternative hummus recipes:
- Casey’s Pumpkin Hummus
- Sarah’s Pomegranate Honey Mustard Hummus
- Gena’s Split Pea Edamame Hummus
- Sarah B’s Raw Nut Pulp Hummus
- Ashley’s Egg Salad Hummus Stuffed Peppers
- Gina’s Roasted Tomato Cashew Hummus
- Faith’s Warm Carmelized Onion + Chickpea Spread
- Ashley’s Green Hummus
- Erin’s Sweet Potato Curry Hummus
Have you ever made an “alternative hummus”?
You can check out our past 9 months of Thank You posts at these links: