PURPLE CARROT HUMMUS

purple carrots

Historically, the Netherlands are known for their carrot farms.  Dutch farmers grew carrots in the traditional hues of purple, yellow, and white. In the 17th century, they produced the first known and documented orange carrot.  Eating carrots is nutritious. Moderate intake of carrots contain antioxidants that might improve your heart, reduce inflammation,  and may promote weight loss.

PURPLE CARROT HUMMUS

1 pound purple carrots, 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained, 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, 1/4 cup carrot juice, 1/4 cup chunky peanut butter, 1/2 cup sesame paste, 2 garlic cloves, 1/2 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 3 dried red chilies, stems removed, 1/2 teaspoon fox point seasoning, 3 fresh mint leaves, 1/2 tablespoon olive oil.

Boil the carrots until fork tender.  Dump the carrots and the remaining ingredients, except the oil into the food processor and process until smooth. Slowly add the olive oil, scrape down the sides, and continue to process until the mixture is shiny and smooth. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for 4-hours.  Garnish with basil pesto, finely flat-leaf parsley, and minced almonds. Serve with flatbread crackers, pita chips,  sugar peas, cucumbers, and sliced purple and orange carrots sticks.

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