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December 30, 2020
The festivities might be looking a little different this year (read: waaaay tamer), but that doesn’t mean the New Year's Eve appetizers have to be. After all the holiday shopping, long-distance Zooming, and bonbon and pumpkin pie making, we’re going to be skipping the laborious dinner spreads in favor of our must-try couch-friendly dip—with side of Amaranth Rice Cakes that bring in the perfect crunch.
Oh and did we mention that this combo pairs nicely with PJs (because we all know that's going to be a popular choice of attire after 9 p.m., especially in this house) and a couple glasses (or even the whole bottle for one; no judgment here) of bubbly?
So pour yourself a glass of whatever you fancy and let's do this: 〰 Creamy〰 Fluffy 〰 BIG on flavour 〰 Hearty〰 Healthy 〰 SO satisfying+ SUPER delicious dip
TIME NEEDED: 40 minutes
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Place carrots on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
3. Peel and discard the papery outer layers of the whole garlic bulb, leaving intact the skins of the individual cloves of garlic. Using a sharp knife, cut 1/4 to a 1/2 inch from the top of cloves, exposing the individual cloves of garlic.
4. Place the garlic head on the baking sheet with carrots, cut side up. Drizzle a couple teaspoons of olive oil over exposed head, using your fingers to rub the olive oil over all the cut, exposed garlic cloves.
5. Roast vegetables for 20 minutes. Add the walnuts to the baking sheet with the vegetables in an even layer and roast another 10 minutes until the veggies are tender and edges are browned and the walnuts have turned a shade darker. Cool and remove roasted garlic cloves from their skins. Allow the roasted veggies to cool enough so you can touch them without burning yourself.
6. In a food processor (or a high speed blender), place the roasted vegetables, walnuts and all remaining ingredients. Pulse until smooth. Add 3 TBSPs olive oil, 1 tablespoon at a time. If you are after a smoother consistency, add a tablespoon or two of filtered water, if desired.
7. And now comes the fun part. Think about what you want your 2021 to look like. And once you nail that down, pick a cookie cutter in the shape of whatever it is that you wish for. We went for a star shaped cookie cutter (or rather a rice cake cutter) because we want to finally embark on our music career and become a pop star.
〰 For a nut free option, use hulled pumpkin seeds instead of walnuts
〰 This dip is also delicious as a sandwich spread or add a dollop to a Buddha bowl!
Did you make this recipe? We get crazy excited when you make our recipes and we always love to see how they turn out. 😍😍😍Tag @smartbitesnacks on Instagram and hashtag it #SmartbiteSnacks
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June 01, 2021
Love is a beautiful thing! 💖 And so is food! This year we are celebrating our beautiful LQBTQ+ communities, inclusion, equality, allyship and love in all its beautiful forms with this vibrant and colourful Vegan Chickpea No-Bake Cookie Dough that will warm not only your stomach but also your heart.
Also we'd like to take this opportunity to recognize that it was the Black LGBTQ+ folks and the black LGBTQ+ riots that got us where we are today. 🖤
Happy Pride Month everyone! 🌈🌈🌈
May 09, 2021
Pssst! It's Mother's Day. 💖💖💖 Homemade dessert is a nice way to add an extra-warm touch to a Mother’s Day meal (especially for moms who have a sweet tooth).
For chocolate lovers, our ultimate chocolate cake would be a winner; if you're surprising your mom with the breakfast in bed, then we recommend our decadent berry parfait and this year it's all about this ice cream with crunchy chocolate crackers. 🍓🍫😋
May 01, 2021
Happy Celiac Awareness Month as well as happy National Burger Month Smartbite crunchies. 🎉🎉🎉
Let's combine these two occasions and let's make the best + the easiest veggie burgers out there. 🍔😋👌
Veggie burgers are not easy to make awesome but we think this one nails it. We solved the “mush” factor by adding in pleasantly firm chickpea and seasoned it aggressively to combat any blandness. There’s no imitation protein or weird ingredients, just a rich, moist mixture of vegetables and nuts that work with any toppings you want to throw at it. Oh and it's vegan and it’s pretty damn good.