Tuesday, January 20, 2009

the bachelor & black bean hummus

Treasures in this week's CSA box include:
fuji apples
yukon potatoes
mandarin oranges
flat leaf parsley
gold chard

Tonight, Marika and I are watching the latest episode of the Bachelor (recorded from earlier this week). Cross the CSA treasures with a need for tasty snacky food and what do you get? Black bean & orange hummus. Yum!

The hummus recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks - Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan (see Dreena Burton's blog). This particular cookbook has an entire chapter devoted to hummus. I've tried most of them and the black bean and orange tops my list. Here's how it goes:

Black Bean & Orange Hummus
From: Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan (Dreena Burton)

2 1/2 cups cooked black beans
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 1/2 Tbsp almond butter
1 large clove garlic, sliced
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
3/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1 tsp orange zest
freshly ground black pepper
1-2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

In a food processor, combine all ingredients (except parsley for garnish) and puree until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl several times. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with parsley.

I usually substitute the parsley with cilantro (there's something about cilantro + orange that I LOVE),
but went ahead and used parsley as called for this time since it was part of the CSA delivery. The carrots and broccoli from the box will make the perfect 'lil dippers. Ta Da! Healthy snacks! Perhaps that will help balance out our fabulously trashy TV viewing of the Bachelor!

Stay tuned for notes on what happens with the rest of the CSA treasures this week!


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