Vegan Roasted Parsnip Hummus

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The natural sweet flavor of the parsnips make this spread a favorite with kids and adults

I am a big fan of  hummus spreads. They are great for serving at a party, and as an everyday snack or sandwich spread.

It’s Sunday and friends are gathering in my home to watch the Patriots Game. I usually like to offer a healthier dips or two  to balance the not so healthy choices that folks enjoy:)

I saw a recipe for Parsnip hummus and had to try it! For two reasons- First, I love the sweet, creaminess of roasted parsnips- yum! Secondly, love the fact that they are a great source of soluble and non soluble fiber. This helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels, and when  your in your 50’s like me, finding a simple tasty recipe with heart protecting veggies is a big score! So with at few adjustments, here is my take- off on the traditional chickpea hummus infused with parsnip goodness.

 

parsnip dip

Served on Mary’s Gone Crackers (my fav) or with veggies and watch it disappear!

 

Roasted Parsnip Hummus

 Ingredients

  • 1 – 1 ½ pounds parsnips
  • ¼  cup oil olive oil
  • 1 head of garlic unpeeled
  • juice of one whole lemon
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup Greek Yogurt or Vegenaise for vegan option
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of cumin
  • salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, coarsely chopped

Directions

  1. Wash, peel and cut your parsnips into 2 -3 inch pieces. Toss with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on a cookie sheet
  2. Take your unpeeled head of garlic , cut the top off drizzle with olive oil , wrap in foil and place on cookie sheet along with the parsnip pieces.
  3. Roast in a 400 degree oven until browned on both sides, about 15 or 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Lining your cookie sheet or roasting pan with parchment paper significantly decreases clean-up time.) Let cool slightly.
  4. Puree parsnips and garlic in a blender or food processor with oil, tahini, cumin, and lemon juice,cilantro, Greek yogurt or Veganaise, . Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Garnish with chopped cilantro

Enjoy and may your favorite team win!

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