So here's what had happened: I wanted to make some quesadillas with cheese on cheese on cheese. And I don't mean a plant-based cheese - I mean reg-deg ass jalapeno pepper-jack cheese. Now, I did have a slice over a Beyond Burger patty - my first time trying one of these burgers and it was good! - and that was cool, but I still wanted my quesadillas.
While I will never again call myself a vegan (I have been completely vegan in the past, however, I found it limiting. While there are many days/weeks/months I eat only vegan dishes, I'm not committed to claim permanent vegan status. More on this in another post).
I have taken a food sensitivity test and I legit have inflammatory reactions to dairy products so while I may eat a slice of cheese here and there, I definitely do not on the regular, so I had to hit the kitchen to create something for these up and coming quesadillas I so crave.
I've been on a Creole/Cajun kick lately, so I turned up this hummus recipe with a little Tabasco sauce and a dash of cayenne pepper. IMHO, the Tabasco gives the hummus more flavor in comparison to spicy heat, which is why I also added in the cayenne pepper. Both of these ingredients are optional so you can omit thee and adjust to your liking.
1/2 c. roasted carrots
1 can chickpeas
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
3 tbsp tahini
4 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp pink salt (or to taste)
4 tbsp water for smooth cheesy texture. Add more or less as desired.
Optional but highly recommended
*1/3 c. nutritional yeast *1 tbsp Tabasco sauce
*pinch of cayenne *green onion + diced bell pepper for decoration
*1/2 tbsp olive oil to put over top of hummus for decoration
Get It Poppin
Roast the carrots in the oven on 400 degrees until soft, about 20-25 minutes.
Blend all other ingredients in high speed blender (I use a Vitamix. I also loved my Oster blender before I upgraded). until smooth. Once carrots are done, add in blender with the other ingredients and blend until creamy and smooth or until desired consistency is achieved.
If you want this even more silky, add more water by the tbsp until its just right.
Wrap it Up
Top with green onion, a little red bell pepper, and olive oil to get fancy on they @ss.
I hope you enjoy this recipe. Please like, comment, or shoot me an email with any recipes you'd like me to recreate for the blog!