For those of you who didn’t see, my boyfriend and I were vegan for Lent. We wanted to try something new, and practice a discipline that also respected the environment. Thus, everything I have posted since Valentine’s Day has been vegan! Check it out!
The hardest part about being vegan for lent was no milkshakes, cheesy pizza, or chai tea lattes. However, I loved trying some new vegan recipes, several of which I still have to show you!
Hummus is one of those perfect vegan recipes, and one of my all-time favorite snacks. There are dozens of ways to make hummus, with countless variations of beans and spices. This recipes calls edamame beans, which when blended make a very light and fluffy hummus. Much healthier than store bought hummus, no more expensive, and with zero prep work- this is one recipe that you could (and should!) easily work into your weekly schedule. Give it a try, and have fun with it!
- 1 (500g) bag frozen shelled edamame (equal to 3 cups thawed)
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled
- 4 Tablespoons lemon juice
- ¼ cup tahini
- 3-4 Tablespoons water, to thin as needed
- ¾ teaspoon fine grain sea salt, or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon ground coriander seeds, optional
- 1/8teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Optional garnish: smoked paprika, freshly ground black pepper, extra virgin olive oil, whole edamame beans
- If using thawed edamame, rinse and drain. If using frozen edamame, empty the beans into a pot of water and simmer until the edamame is heated through, just a few minutes; then, rinse and drain.
- Set aside a handful of whole beans for the garnish.
- Using a food processor, blend the 2 garlic cloves until well minced.
- Add the edamame to the food processor and process until somewhat smooth. Periodically, you may want to use a spatula to rearrange the edamame in the bowl, and scrape the sides, allowing for a more even blend.
- Stir the tahini well, and then add to the food processor, along with the lemon juice and water. Process for a few minutes until smooth.
- Add the spices and process again. Taste to see if you would like more of anything (I added more cayenne pepper!)
- Scoop the hummus into a bowl and garnish as desired. Serve with toasted pita chips, pretzels, raw vegetables, or crostini. Enjoy!
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