Roasted Carrot Hummus
Last night for dinner we had Weekday Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Garlic along with Roasted Carrots and a Spring Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing. It was delicious and easy to prepare, perfect for a weeknight, but when I added this dinner to our weekly meal plan, I had ulterior motives.
Whenever I can, I like to make my time in the kitchen as efficient as possible. One way I do that, is by prepping or cooking once, for two recipes. So when I spotted this recipe for Roasted Carrot Hummus, while looking through my copy of Catherine McCords – Weelicious Lunches Cookbook, I knew immediately that we would be having roasted carrots for dinner.
I’m always looking for healthy recipes for dips and spreads and I really liked the idea of the added veg in this dip, so when I decided to try it, the first thing I did was add Roasted Carrots to my weekly meal plan and then I picked a few other items to make it a meal:)
One of my favourite time-saving tricks in the kitchen, is making more dinner than we will eat, so that we have leftovers. But I’ve also discovered that making a dip or spread, like hummus, at the beginning of the week, allows me to make quite a few different snacks, lunches and even light dinners, throughout the week.
Take this chicken wrap. First up, leftovers from dinner. I made extra roasted chicken and carrots, washed and spun extra greens and prepped extra veggies while making the salad. I also made enough salad dressing to last a few days. This really didn’t take much extra time at all. I had everything out already anyway, and the little bit of extra time it took to prep and store the leftovers, was nothing compared to what it would take to do it all over again, for another meal.
Secondly, the hummus. The carrots were already cooked, I literally just had to rinse the chick peas, mince the garlic and throw all the ingredients into my food processor. Then I spread carrot hummus on a tortilla and topped it with leftover chicken, sliced peppers and mixed greens, rolled it up, wrapped it tightly in aluminum foil and refrigerated it. You could also eat it right away, but the hummus is the glue, so to speak, that holds it together and it holds better if it is refrigerated first.
Served with a side salad (thrown together and dressed quickly courtesy of last nights prep) it makes a nice light second dinner or lunch. A quick and easy nice light second dinner or lunch.
But because these wraps like to be refrigerated, they are an excellent make ahead and perfect to pack for a work or school lunch as well. We make them up the night before, slice them in half in the morning and pop them into a reusable container, along with some fruit and veggies.
There are lots of other snack and lunch ideas that can be made with this hummus, throughout the week too – like this fun make your snack, that the kids around here love. The same flatbread, hummus and cucumber slices as the adult appetizer version shown in the first photo, only made kid friendly by adding a colourful square baking cup, to hold the hummus, and letting the kids make their own, by either scooping the hummus with the cucumbers slices and spreading it on the flat bread, or using a child safe knife.
Here are some more snack ideas that we have made, all using hummus:
And the great thing is, you can use all sorts of different types of hummus, to switch things up and keep things interesting. Here are some that we have tried: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Black Bean Hummus, Beet and White Bean Hummus, Avocado Hummus, and Herb & Garlic Hummus.
So whether it’s a light dinner, an appetizer on the deck this summer, an assortment of fun & healthy snacks for the whole family, lunch at home or on the go – one dip or spread, like this Roasted Carrot Hummus, and some leftovers from one dinner, can do a lot in one week. And I love that because it saves me sooooo much time in the kitchen.
Do you have a favourite hummus. Let me know in the comments, I am always looking for new recipes and would love to give it a try!
If you would like to find out more about how I meal plan go to – Weekly Meal Planning.