Feb 29

Raw Sweet Potato Hummus + WIAW

Can eating too much orange food really tint your skin?


I think I may be in danger.  Between the carrots and sweet potatoes I’ve been eating today, I’m going to look like a Jersey Girl.  GTL!

For real – it’s called Carotenosis.


Luckily Jenn’s What I Ate Wednesday doesn’t go green until March.  Orange fits perfectly with the February WIAW vegetable theme.



This morning I met my boss for breakfast a “famous” local breakfast spot, The Flying Biscuit.  While boss-man is used to my picture-taking, my stomach wasn’t used to waiting so late to eat.  Totally forgot to take a picture.

No matter.  My tofu scramble wasn’t that great.  I would have rather had my homemade Indian-Inspired Tofu Scramble:



My Foodie Penpal, Laura, has created a monster.  I made another round of Bibimbap using the ingredients she sent me in this month’s package.

It’s an addiction.  That crunchy rice and  spicy sauce ain’t whack.

Click here to check out the recipe I posted yesterday.  The only change today was that I served it with cucumber rather than carrots.



First us was my first juice creation in the Vitamix.  It was all veggie and all delish!  This was a post workout snack, so I added my Sun Warrior protein powder.  I was worried that would make it a weird consistency, but it was quite pleasant!

In my juice:

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp maca
  • 1 C spinach
  • Handful of wheat grass
  • 1/4 C parsley
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 in piece of ginger
  • 3-4 drops stevia
  • 2 in piece of cinnamon (I tossed a real stick in and it WORKED!)
  • 1/2 C water


Snack #2 was a recipe I’ve had marked from Rande @ The Vegetable Centric Kitchen.  Can you guess what this deliciousness is?


RAW Sweet Potato Hummus.  It was insanely good, and an embarrassing amount was consumed… much of it straight from the blender.  I made a few modifications (recipe at the end of this post).

The only difference in using a raw sweet potato is that it isn’t quite as sweet as it would be if it had cooked and caramelized a bit.  To me, this makes it a perfect hummus candidate.

The liquid smoke added a neat dimension with the nutty-sweet tahini, and the spices were just enough to give it a kick on the end.  Even cooler was the addition of Meyer lemon and miso.  These added some sweetness, along with a little tang and saltiness!


Of course, I also had my daily Kombucha!  Served from my growler of Buchi Fire from Whole Foods.



The orange didn’t stop at snacktime.  Even post-cleanse I have been craving an increasing amount of raw food.  For dinner I ate the rainbow in the form of this giant salad.

In my salad:

  • Spinach
  • Broccoli and radish sprouts
  • Shredded red cabbage
  • Cucumber
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Tomato
  • Onions
  • Sweet Potato Hummus Dressing (1 T hummus + 1 T apple cider vinegar + 2 drops stevia)
  • Angela @ Oh She Glows’ Endurance Crackers


Angela’s Endurance Crackers have been on my list to try for a long time as well.  I needed something to go with all that hummus, so today seemed the perfect day to try them out!  My only modification was to use 2 tsp of the Ras al Hanout spice blend made for my Babaganoush Soup rather than her onion-salt-herb blend.

If you haven’t tried this recipe, I highly recommend it.  I’d love to try a sweet-cinnamon version in the future!



Cinnamon-Vanilla Ice Cream.  The Vitamix was me on a wintertime ice cream bender.  I was working late and felt yet another treat bowl was in order.  Thank god it can be made healthy!  This purple bowl inefficiently hides a “secret” ingredient.


The ice cream blend is really easy – unsweetened vanilla almond milk, vanilla, stevia, cinnamon, and ice… and the secret ingredient.  Purple Cabbage.

I know you think I’ve lost it, but I swear on my shoe collection that not a trace of cabbage taste could be detected.


Sweet Potato Hummus

Modified from this recipe from Rande @ The Vegetable Centric Kitchen

  • 1 medium sweet potato (raw and unpeeled)
  • 2 T tahini
  • 4-5 drops liquid smoke
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 Meyer lemon
  • 1 T water
  • 1 tsp yellow miso
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 T fresh thyme


Toss everything in food processor or blender and until smooth.

Note: If using Vitamix, toss the whole lemon in; otherwise, only use the juice of the lemon.

Make 1.5 cups.


Spicie Foodie’s “Your Best Recipe” for the month of Feburary is up today!  Hop over to her site to check out my Vegan Goat Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes and everyone else’s awesome contributions!


Do you ever intentionally try to eat more raw food?

Do you watch Jersey Shore?  I’m amazed at how passionate people are about it!



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  1. Khushboo

    Wow cabbage in ice cream- I’m going to have to take your word for it :)! Is it weird that I always feel a lot more cleansed after eating raw meals..something virtuous about being able to reap the total vitamin content of the vegetable! Have a great Wednesday!

    1. Laura

      I completely agree. I want to get that “glow” you see on raw foodists!

  2. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    never would have ever thought you could make hummus using a raw sweet potato! awesome!

  3. Rande McDaniel @ The Vegetable Centric Kitchen

    Yay!! I’m so glad you liked the hummus :) Your juice creation sounds awfully tasty as well!

    1. Laura

      Thanks! I love all of your creative ideas. :)

  4. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    Intriguing…I’ve made raw hummus before, with zucchini, and it was AWESOME…I like this whole liquid smoke idea. I’ve been craving my favorite smoky salsa from Texas and just added “make smoky salsa” to my recipe list. Now that you’ve taken the plunge, maybe I won’t be so scared. :)

    I also FINALLY used miso…

    1. Laura

      Ohhhh… smoked salsa with charred tomatillos…

      What did you do with the miso?!

  5. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Wow, cabbage in ice cream, that’s daring! I never could understand the hype around The Flying Biscuit, I don’t think it’s even remotely one of the better breakfast spots in Atlanta.

    1. Laura

      I totally agree. It happened to be convenient.

  6. Carol @ Lucky Zucca

    I think the boyman and I are going to try and do a raw diet after the half marathon. I do try to eat more raw veggies than cooked- I feel like you get more nutrients that way. And… I’ve never been into Jersey Shore. I don’t get it. Watching people fight, whine and make fools of themselves isn’t my idea of entertainment. It just makes me uncomfortable haha

    1. Laura

      THAT would be hard. I can’t wait to see how you do it!

  7. Lisa ♥ Healthful Sense

    Love the idea of using a raw unpeeled sweet potato for the hummus!!
    Another recipe I’ve got to try!

  8. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat

    I feel good about my veggie intake until I see yours. Jeeze! :) Great hummus idea.

    1. Laura

      I’m telling you – that Vitamix is worth every penny!

  9. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    I did more raw food in January, but I think I crave more warm stuff in the winter, so I’ll try again in the summer. Kirk wasn’t as big a fan of raw vegan as he is of cooked vegan, so that also influenced my decision a bit. :)

    1. Laura

      Summer is much easier… and warmer! I typically want hot Italian food in the winter.

  10. greenhorn gourmande

    I’m super intrigued by your ice cream with cabbage. Recipe please?

    1. Laura

      I would hardly call it a recipe! Just about 1/4 C finely shredded cabbage, 1/2 C unsweetened almond milk, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 cinnamon stick, 7-8 drops stevia, and 2 C ice. Give it a whir in the Vitamix until it’s well combined!

  11. Tessa @ Amazing Asset

    I am intrigued by this hummus and will just have to make it myself SOON :) Thanks for the idea miss!

  12. Parita @ myinnershakti

    Cabbage ice cream?!?! You have really outdone yourself! And that hummus looks fabulous – sweet potatoes are amazing because they go in almost every dish imaginable!

    And no Jersey Shore for me…never understood what makes it so appealing!

    1. Laura

      LOL! Thank you! I took weird to a new level. :)

  13. Allie

    I have heard of that condition in which your skin turns orange…. I swear I’ve had it before too LOL!

  14. Bonnie

    WOW…all your food looks so delicious and healthy! I’m guilty of sneaking (more than I’d like to admit) handfuls of cereal throughout the day – “healthy” cereal but cereal nonetheless. These WIAW posts always make me wonder if anyone else does that! ;) Way to keep eating so clean – you’re motivating me to start over right now and make better choices throughout the day. Well done and I LOVE that you hid cabbage in your dessert – I am certainly a fan of that. :D

    1. Laura

      It helps when I’m really busy at work – no time to snack! Typically I’ll grab a little something every couple of hours. You’re fitness levels motivate ME! Can you please tell me to go to the gym instead of slacking tonight? :)

  15. Jessica

    The sweet potato hummus sounds like heaven! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I can’t wait to try it!

  16. Anonymous

    LOL I love that beginning picture – freakin’ hilarious!!!! :D

    The hummus sounds great – thanks for sharing the recipe!

  17. Allie

    Well your meals just all look so bright and colorful! And what an inspirational/idea filled post, I now have to make that sweet potato hummus! I even have sweet potatoes desperately begging to be used. I also want indian-spiced tofu scramble. I usually just go with fennel + italian spices (mostly because I’m obsessed with fennel), but I like your idea for changing things up! And, confession–I watch Jersey Shore. I’m not obsessed with it, but I do find it to be mindlessly entertaining–and to make me feel great about my life and my ability to make good decisions (other than to watch Jersey Shore) ;)

    1. Laura

      Fennel is awesome! Have you had it roasted? That’s next on my list to try.

      1. Allie

        I roasted it once and wasn’t a huge fan–in fact, I thought I didn’t like fennel for a long time because of it. However that was a few years ago, and I should try roasting again now, since I know how much I love the flavor. My absolute favorite way to eat it is thinly sliced, raw, and in a citrus salad. (Grapefruit + grated fresh ginger + orange + fennel over a bed of spinach? Amazing.)

        1. Laura

          I love it raw on salads too – I don’t one with apples that is delish. Need to try it with ginger!

  18. Catalina @ Cake with Love

    LOL that picture with Snooki is really funny! the hummus sounds amazing!

  19. janet @ the taste space

    wow – what a treasure trove of recipes in this post, Laura! I have half a sweet potato with no cause, so this sounds perfect! And purple cabbage ice cream?? Oh my!

    1. Laura

      Thank you, Janet! Your creativity is a big inspiration!

  20. Meg

    NO WAY! Purple cabbage!? OH MY GOODNESS! LOVE! and I must try that breakfast, too! XO

  21. Laura @ LauraLivesLife

    I’m feeling simultaneously glad and jealous that you liked the bimbibap so much! Your eats all look delicious!

    1. Laura

      Laura – I am forever indebted. This is my new favorite meal! :)

  22. Sarah

    I have been so into spreads lately, so this sweet potato addition made me smile ear to ear. your wednesday was full of good eats. atta girl.

  23. sportsglutton

    Thanks for the great opening laugh Laura. Too funny. Did you hear that Snookie is prego?

    1. Laura

      Nooooo… really?! She’s going to be as wide as she is tall in her third tri!

  24. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning

    Oooh that hummus.. it is calling my name! And what is this growler of Kombucha from Whole Foods?! Mine definitely doesn’t have those! Jealous!
    I actually tried to make juice in the Vitamix today- blood orange and carrot. It did not turn out well- perhaps if I strained it. I ended up adding a frozen banana, ice and whey protein powder and giving it to my husband (because he will eat/drink anything).
    I gotta say- I can’t stomach Maca- even in a smoothie I can taste it. I bought the powder and returned it. I just got it in capsule form today… we’ll see…
    Oh- and I am totally making your baked tofu recipe asap! Thank you! :)

    1. Laura

      Really? Mine got smooth… I did run it for a while though.

      the only way I can take maca is in a smoothie. I tried baking with it and was totally grossed out. Someone said it tastes a little chocolate-y… they lied. ;)

      Please let me know how it turns out!!!

  25. Kimberly (Badger Girl)

    I am so impressed with all this amazing healthy food! I can’t wait to try the sweet potato hummus. :) Happy WIAW!

  26. Jamie

    Wow! Super healthy and colorful eats. Great job. Glad you are enjoying the Vitamix!

  27. Sara @my less serious life

    wowza…purple cabbage in ice cream! adds a beautiful color that’s for sure

  28. Lindsay @ Fuel My Family

    Funny what you said about the carrots turning you orange. I remember when I was younger, my baby cousins’s nose did turn noticably orange because carrots were the only veggie he ate so he ate them all the time!

    1. Laura

      That’s so crazy! I’m waiting for it to happen to me… I’ll be sure to post pics. :)

  29. Marcia

    Your eats look divine and I am so making that hummus! Yum!

    1. Laura

      Thank you! Let me know what you think if you do try it – I love others’ hummus renditions!

  30. Candy @ Healthy In Candy Land

    Alright, you win the Prettiest and Most Colorful Food Award today. Holy rainbow, girl! Nicely done, as usual. I am officially nominating you as the spokesperson for healthy living.
    I’ve made sweet potato hummus before, but not a raw version. Adding it to my looooong list of “must try” recipes.

    1. Laura

      LOL! Thank you. I certainly am not perfect, but I do like colorful foods. :)

  31. corey @ learning patience

    oh, that looks delicious Laura! I know you prob thought I was going to say weird.. LOL not this time! Saving this recipe – thanks girlie!

    xoxo from Trinidad

    1. Laura

      Really?! WOW! I feel like I’ve accomplished something. :)

  32. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    Slightly ashamed to admit that I do indeed watch Jersey Shore…it is sort of liking watching foreign television (just there is absolutely zero educational value). Those gorilla juiceheads certainly are funny.

    Cabbage ice cream? If the shoe size is an 8 I might take you up on that bet…great foods for today though and don’t you just think the Vitamix is the bomb? Seriously there is nothing that baby can’t do.

    1. Laura

      LOL @ “gorilla juiceheads.” Awesome.

      My shoes may be a bit small… but I still promise you’d never know it was cabbage-laced. :)

  33. Cucina49

    I had no idea you could eat sweet potatoes raw, but that hummus looks amazing–the color is so cheerful and appetizing.

    1. Laura

      Totally! I actually ate a raw slice while I was chopping them up to blend. :)

  34. Ashley @ Freckles & Spice

    You recipes are so creative! I wish I had the time. I am pumped for you and your vitamix purchase! That is on my “one day” list.
    I have a bunch of cracker recipes bookmarked, including those, but something about it just seems so daunting that I haven’t done it. Baking in general tends to scare me off. I need to just to it!

    1. Laura

      Thank you! That Vitamix has earned its keep in less than a week!

      Those Endurance Crackers are a great place to start. I didn’t even bother mixing the wet and dry ingredients separately (as instructed) and they turned out perfectly!

  35. Turtle-speed Runner

    Cabbage in icecream??? I love all these new ways of getting veg into baked goods / sweets :) Haha so brilliant.

    1. Laura

      Haha – I had no idea that would get so many responses. :)

  36. janet @ the taste space

    Hey Laura, I made this over the weekend and it reminded me on my cashew nacho sauce (sans nooch though). I found it a bit bitter, so next time I may only do the lemon juice instead of the whole lemon (or at least peel the lemon). Thanks for sharing!

    1. Laura

      I’m sorry it was bitter for you! I guess my lemon wasn’t very strong. Thanks for the feedback!

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