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Smoky Cheddar Roasted Cauliflower Hummus is a smooth and creamy healthy dip recipe with tons of protein and fiber, and even some extra vegetables snuck in there. Serve with veggies, chips, or pita for an appetizer or snack that’s naturally gluten-free and vegetarian.
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Smoky Cheddar Roasted Cauliflower Hummus
You’ve seen The Bug’s Lunchbox on Facebook and Instagram, right? Well if you haven’t, here’s a quick rundown. I pack my kid’s lunch and snap a fast photo everyday. I don’t style the food, use my fancy camera, and edit the photos. I just point my iPhone and click. It’s not museum-worthy art with veggies carved into animals, fruit slices cut into flowers, and sandwiches that are cut into hearts. But I do try to keep changing things up and make it healthy and interesting.
People ask me how I come up with all the ideas, but my basic plan is that I have no plan. I open the fridge, see what we have, and concoct something. Yes, I keep basics around, such as fresh and dried fruit, veggies, Greek yogurt for mixing with some fruit or to make dips like my Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip, cheese, nut or sunflower seed butter, whole grain tortillas, and then even things like bags of freeze dried fruit and applesauce pouches when I am in a pinch and don’t have much time. But it’s not surprising to see leftover Spinach Tomato Feta Frittata show up in there, and nine times out of ten he happily devours it.
The Bug starts Kindergarten in September, and I’m not afraid about him fitting in with his classmates or keeping up with the schoolwork. I’m most concerned about lunch. You see, he used to finish off pretty much anything I put in there. But this year he has already requested specific things a couple of times – tuna on one occasion and blue cheese dip for his carrots on another – and then not eaten them because he said they smelled funny. Hmmm…
I have told him that when the new school year starts, we can look at the lunch menu and he can buy lunch once a week – I think that’s a fun thing for a kid, and it sticks to my philosophy on balance. But I also have to be ready to prepare lunches the rest of the week that don’t have to be heated up, since that won’t be an option anymore, or get tossed in the trash because maybe it’s a bit different than what some of his classmates have in their lunch boxes. You see, my kid gets HANGRY, and I can’t let that happen when he has the rest of the afternoon in the classroom! So I’m always packing his lunchbox with homemade energy bars, chicken salads, and dips like this…
This Smoky Cheddar and Roasted Cauliflower Hummus is super tasty!
It’s an easy way to pack a lunch that’s high in fiber and protein, and the kids will love it because it’s got that cheesy deliciousness. My boys were happy to have this dip on their veggies, and I even spread it on some flatbread for a vegetarian sandwich. This isn’t healthy food to them – it’s just yummy food that they enjoy eating!
And while I’m all about getting my kids to eat and enjoy veggies in their original form (you do see those carrots and cucumbers and peppers and tomatoes that we used for dipping), I always feel like it never hurts to squeeze in a little extra plant-power, though I’m always honest with my kids when I do that. So after we enjoyed some roasted cauliflower for dinner, I blended the leftovers into the hummus, which added to the to the smooth texture without needing to add a ton of oil, plus accented the smoky flavor of the smoked paprika and cumin. I made sure it wasn’t too smoky, though, but you can always feel free to add more.
You can sneak other veggies into your hummus too…
- Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Hummus
- Spinach Parmesan White Bean Dip
- Cumin Lime Pumpkin Black Bean Hummus
- Roasted Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Hummus
You can also try Carrot Hummus from Garnish with Lemon. For some more green goodness, try Spinach Artichoke Hummus from Shugary Sweets. Or brighten things up with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus from Your Home Based Mom.
Here’s a few things you might need…
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Check out this Smoky Cheddar and Roasted Cauliflower Hummus recipe…
Smoky Cheddar and Roasted Cauliflower Hummus
- 15 oz chickpeas rinsed and drained, reserving some of the liquid in case it is needed
- 1 cup roasted cauliflower
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika or more, if you want a smokier flavor
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1-2 Tablespoons reserved bean liquid if needed
- salt and pepper to taste
- Combine the chickpeas, cheese, cauliflower, paprika, cumin, and olive oil in a food processor or blender, and blend until smooth and cream, adding a bit of the reserved bean liquid (or additional olive oil), if needed to achieve your desired texture.
- Store in the refrigerator until serving.
- Serve with vegetable, chips, and/or pita for dipping.
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I would love to try out the AVOCADO OIL Sea Salt chips and I thiink they would be delicious with your wonderful dip recipe.
The rosemary olive oil kettle chips sound right up my alley! Yum!
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I’d like to try the veggie chips with sea salt
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All of the varieties look tasty, but I would love to try the AVOCADO OIL
Sea Salt chips the most!
I would love to try the Veggie Chips with Sea Salt.
They would be so good with hummus!
the veggie chips in sea salt
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I’d love to try the Sea Salt Veggie Chips.
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I want to try the Smoky Cheddar and Roasted Cauliflower Hummus that sounds super yummy.
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I would love to try them all! But the Rosemary and Olive Oil sounds particularly delicious! 🙂 Thanks for hosting the giveaway
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Everything looks tasty, but I’m most excited to try those veggie straws!
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Those rosemary olive oil kettle chips sound wayyyy too good. I am pretty sure I could eat a whole bowl of your hummus too!
awesome recipe, love the buffalo popcorn by good health!
I still have to open my bag!
This is purely brilliant 🙂
Love the idea of combining cheese and cauliflower in a hummus recipe. Very creative!
I love cauliflower and cheese in anything, so I had to do it!!