I seriously love sweet potatoes; as a soft mash alternative, fried until crispy on the hob or perfectly roasted until deliciously crunchy. I don’t think I’ve ever found a variation that I haven’t completely loved! That’s why on Plant Power Day, I knew I had to celebrate with a delicious bowl of my favourite sweet potato fries.
I know that around this time of year most people vow to eat healthier. To cut the sugar, avoid the pizza and skip the extra snack between meals. But sometimes after trying your hardest to make the ‘right’ choices, you’re still left with a little craving.
Whether your weakness is crisps, chocolate or something else all together; I know it can be really hard to resist and head straight for your favourite comfort food. But, you should never cut out snacks completely! What you really need is to find something else that satisfies your craving and keeps you going until your next meal.
I absolutely love hummus, it’s one of my favourite go to snacks. It tastes delicious with some crunchy veggies, gluten free crackers, a bowl of delicious crisps or even piled high on the side of a salad. There’s absolutely nothing about it that I don’t love! I always make sure that I have a pot (or two) in the fridge, and it’s usually homemade.
I always thought that hummus would be difficult to make, I thought it’d need tonnes of ingredients or take a million different steps to create. But that couldn’t be further from the truth! The recipe is actually so simple and easy to make and only takes about 5 minutes to put together. Hummus really is a staple in my diet and I can’t imagine not being able to enjoy my favourite snack!
When I first bought spirulina I was so excited. I was convinced that I’d bought a major superfood that would boost my energy, leave me with glowing skin and make me look all around more radiant and feel amazing. I’d read that it was a great source of iron, full of Vitamins A, B, C and E and minerals such as calcium, zinc and magnesium. There’s no denying that spirulina is definitely good for you!
But like so many health foods, it has a bad reputation for not being very nice, and to be fair I can see why. After just one use I could categorically say that I really didn’t like the green powder. It’s earthy, has a very strong flavour and is basically ‘green’. I was left with a big bag in my cupboard that was left untouched for months. But I rarely give up on food, and was determined to try again. Remembering that a little goes an extremely long way!
I love making my own hummus and experimenting with different flavours. My latest experiment created this creamy, fresh and vibrant carrot hummus.
I have literally made, what seems like, hundreds of versions of this dish. I’ve found it so tricky to make a really ‘carroty’ smooth hummus – if you know what I mean. I have tried everything from grating the carrot to roasting it first but found that simply par boiling the vegetable not only gave the best texture but also helped to add the most flavour. Parboiling really did help the carrot flavour shine through.
I used the exact same recipe as I use for my basic hummus and just added the carrots before I blended everything together. It’s one of my best adaptations that I’ve made and is one of my favourite healthy snacks. It’s perfect with crudities, in a salad or spread on top of a lightly warmed pitta.
Store in the fridge in an airtight container for roughly a week.