vegan carrot mousse

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Today, we’re back to the usual business here at CR: food. It’s been a while since I made a non-hummus dip/spread; when things get busy, I tend to revert to stuff that’s really tried and true. Lately, however, the impact of over 5 weeks of repetitive, uninspired food is getting to me. During my 48 hours of summer last weekend, I made a couple of old favorites and new dishes: granted, nothing fancy, but one of the highlights was this delicious carrot “mousse,” which I whipped up in about 15 minutes flat.

I had a few sources of inspiration for this recipe. One was Ricki’s wonderful holiday carrot pate, made with silken tofu. This dish is far prettier than what I made, but the idea is the same: a light, savory carrot mixture for dipping or spreading.

The other was Susan’s shiny happy hummus, which was actually one of my very first homemade hummus recipes. I made this, as I did many of Susan’s recipes, in the year or so before I switched to a plant based diet, as I was hesitantly dipping my toe into the waters of vegan food prep. It didn’t disappoint! Light, sweet, and tasty, this is one of my favorites.

Shiny Happy Carrot Hummus

My carrot mousse is slightly lighter than both of these recipes in texture, but the basic idea is the same. For healthy fat and substance, I used pumpkin seeds, which worked beautifully. That, plus some miso and a touch of sesame oil, yielded a super simple and easy to make dish that was also incredibly tasty when all was said and done. Here it is, along with some homemade herb flax crackers:

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And here’s how to make it.

Vegan Carrot Mousse (vegan, gluten free, soy free)

Makes about 2 cups

1/2 lb baby carrots or regular carrots, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 tbsp mellow white miso (or whatever you have)
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
2 tsp rice vinegar
1 large pitted date
Water

Boil baby carrots or regular carrots till tender. Drain and place them in a high speed blender with other ingredients. Blend, using the tamp attachment and as much water as you need to get things moving (I used a little less than 1/4 cup) till smooth.

If you’re using a food processor instead, first grind the pumpkin seeds till they’re in a fine meal. Then add remaining ingredients and blend, using a few tbsp of water if needed, till very smooth. Adjust seasoning to taste, and serve!

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It’s a perfect recipe for spreading on crackers, but it’s also very nice as a spread in raw sushi rolls, as a dip for romaine lettuce, zucchini or cucumbers, or as a creative substitute for mayonnaise (or veganaise!) in sandwiches. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Before I go, I wanted to mention a special upcoming event. I’m sure that many of you are going to Blogher 2012–or that you’ve at least heard about it! What you may not have heard of is Blogher’s HealthMinder Day, which is a special day devoted to helping you get expert health information and learn about the latest online tools and gadgets to manage your own total wellness, and that of your loved ones. Speakers will include Terry Waters, Elisa Camahort Page, Roni Noone, and me!

The panel I’m presenting on is called “Dedication vs. Obsession,” and it should be a really illuminating look into the fitness/healthy living realm. Over the weekend, I want to get some CR reader feedback on this topic, so please start pondering it!

On that note, it’s back to the grind. Happy hump day!

xo

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