Hummus Primavera

3 Medium Zucchini

1 Medium Carrot, Peeled

1 Medium Yellow Onion

4 Fresh Shiitake Mushroom Caps

4 Cloves Garlic

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 14-Ounce Can Chickpeas, Drained and Rinsed

3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika

1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cumin

1 Tablespoon Water (If Needed)

Black Pepper

Fresh Parsley

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Roughly chop the zucchini, carrot, and onion, and place in a large bowl. Add in the mushroom caps, whole, peeled garlic cloves, and toss with the oil to coat. Spread all of the veggies out in one even layer on your prepared baking sheet, and roast for approximately 30 minutes; until the vegetables are all fork-tender and lightly browned. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Meanwhile, place the chickpeas in your food processor along with the lemon juice, tomato paste, salt, and spices. Blend to combine, pausing to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. The mixture should be somewhat dry at this point, as the veggies will add a lot of moisture. Introduce about half of the roasted vegetables to the food processor, and thoroughly puree, until super smooth. Have patience, because depending on your machine, this may take up to 5 minutes.

Once silky-smooth (or as smooth as you can get the consistency), add in the remaining roasted vegetables, and pulse to incorporate. I like to leave it a bit chunky so that you actually know what you're eating here, and to give it a bit more color and texture. Add more water only if needed, along with a pinch of freshly ground black pepper and parsley to taste. Transfer to an air-tight container, and thoroughly chill for at least 3 hours before serving.

©Hannah Kaminsky http://www.bittersweetblog.wordpress.com