Curry Hummus

Well, hello! Nice of you to stop by. Today I’d like to present to you a delicious gem of a cookbook I found at a second-hand book store. The book is called Eat, Drink & Be Vegan by the Canadian Queen of Vegan, Dreena Burton.

I had no intentions of buying any books as I went into the shop Fair’s Fair, located in Calgary. Tom was looking for a particular book that he knew they had, and I immediately bee-lined it for the cookbook section while waiting for him to find his book. My jaw dropped when I saw one of Dreena Burton’s books, as I have wanted to own one for a long time. I was first introduced to her cookbooks two years ago, when I lived with a woman for a short while, who owned the book Let Them Eat Vegan. I poured over this book and drew a lot of inspiration from her. You can find blog posts of mine from 2013, when I experimented with the recipes from that book.

I have since discovered that she has written several books, has an amazing website, and is soon to release a new cookbook, Plant-Powered Families. One of the many things I admire about her is raising a vegan family. I think it is important for children to learn about veganism early in life: to normalize it and promote its lifestyle.

I already knew that every recipe would be a total hit, but I am completely amazed by the creativity and variety of recipes in this book, Eat, Drink & Be Vegan. There are some really tasty-looking tofu recipes, and the hummus recipes look to-die-for. That’s why I started off with this lovely variation on a classic dip.

Here is my experience with the recipe Curry Chickpea Hummus with Pappadums.

Ingredients
2 cups chickpeas
Lemon Juice from 1 medium lemon (classic me, adding way more lemon than called for)
2 tbsp seed butter (original recipe called for cashew butter)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp flax oil (or olive oil, as the recipe calls for)
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground tumeric
1/4 tsp agave nectar (sweetener)
Pepper, to taste
4-5 tbs water (I found I needed more like 7-8)
2-3 tbsp raisins or currants (don’t skip this!)

I blended all the ingredients, except for the raisins, in a blender until smooth. I added the water little by little until the hummus was at the consistency whereby a cracker would dip in without breaking. I added the raisins and pulsed the blender to break them up a little.

I made my own pita chips by baking pita bread in slices, drizzled with olive oil an dashed with salt, at 350*F for 5-7 minutes on each side. I do this whenever my pita bread is stale and about to go bad. It’s a great way to quickly use it up without throwing any away.

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Again, this humus is fantastic. I’d have no trouble at all polishing off one batch to myself in a few days. I would never suggest that you don’t double it!

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Creamy Pasta Salad

Spring has sprung, and the hot weather is slowly becoming the norm. Big salads have become one of my go-to dishes for lunches, which can last me two or three days if I make enough. I have posted other salads before, such as Everything Salad, and Asian Millet Salad, but this one is perfect for the summer time. Great for picnics, work/school lunches, potlucks, and BBQs. In case you didn’t know, hummus is a delicious addition to any salad dressing, adding protein and creaminess to the veggies. I put hummus on everything. For some other cool ideas about how to use hummus, check out this.  One of the best things about using hummus instead of mayo is that you do not have to worry about the amount of time it has been left out of the fridge if bringing it on a picnic.

Ingredients for the Salad

3 cups uncooked pasta, cooked using the package directions (I used whole wheat bow pasta)
1/2 cup chopped kale or spinach
1/3 cup shredded carrot
1/3 cup finely chopped broccoli
1/2 green pepper, finely chopped
3 diced green onions
Nuts and seeds of choice (I used pumkin seeds, hemp seeds, and cashews)

Ingredients for the Dressing

1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup hummus
1/4 cup vegan mayo, or  hummus
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lemon, juiced
Salt and pepper
Optional: 2 tbsp nutritional yeast

I washed and chopped all the veggies and tossed them with the nuts and seeds. I placed all the dressing ingredients in a jar, covered it with a lid and shook it until all the ingredients were combined. I poured the dressing over the veggies. Depending on how many veggies you have, you may need to adjust the dressing recipe. Also, it is very easy to substitute any veggies or leave any of them out entirely.

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