I had to go back and double check my calendar this weekend because I was in disbelief that Easter is on SUNDAY! What?!? It was literally just St. Patrick’s Day. Seriously, where is the time going this year? But I’m definitely not complaining. Tomorrow is our last day of school then it’s SPRING BREAKKKKK!
I’m not excited or anything 😉
So let’s talk Easter today! Do you have any big plans? Going anywhere for the weekend (or week, if you’re on break too)? Best of all, what are you cooking? (P.S. stop back on Friday for an veggie inspired Easter round up!)
I was raised in a pretty Catholic family, so Easter (and Lent) bring back lots of memories for me growing up. As a kid, I always “gave something up” for lent. But I was REALLY bad at it. I’d always start giving something up, like chocolate or ice cream or cookies in my lunchbox, but those 40 days were so darn hard for a 10-year-old to keep up with.
Oh, and my grandma probably wasn’t the best influence either. She created a rule (which she still swears by today) that you don’t have to obey your “sacrifice” on Sundays. Meaning you can eat all the chocolate and cookies and ice cream you want on Sundays, then go back to giving it up during the week. And if grandma said it was ok (and grandma was the best church-goer of us all), than you know I thought it was ok too! Can you tell where I got my sweet-tooth from?
Easter was also a pretty big deal in our house (as with every holiday— my mom is pretty awesome). We’d always come down the stairs to 4 colorful Easter baskets filled to the brim with candy and books and that florescent plastic grass (remember that stuff??). We’d always do your stereotypical Easter egg hunt and my brother would be super competitive with us girls over who found the most eggs. We’d dress up in our fancy Easter dresses and head to church— ohh the pictures I have of some pretty ridiculous outfits my mom liked to dress us in (I’m talking bonnets, gloves, shiny shoes, the works). My dad even dressed up as the Easter Bunny at one of our neighborhood holiday parties— and I think one time was it for him (picture giant furry Easter bunny costume in 80 degree Florida weather…. and humidity).
So to celebrate all those Easter memories from the past and to come, I’ve made you guys a delicious Easter appetizer: Roasted Balsamic Carrot Hummus! I wasn’t quite sure how this was going to turn out when I started it, but I was blown away by how much I LOVE this hummus. I started by roasting the carrots in a little olive oil and lots of balsamic vinegar until they were tender and caramelized. Then, I popped them in the food processor with your typical hummus ingredients, plus some more balsamic, just for good measure.
As soon as I dipped my first pita chip into this stuff, I was in love! It’s the perfect balance of those savory, rustic hummus flavors mixed with the slightly sweet, caramelized balsamic carrots— why did I never think of this before?!?
And I totally recommend making your own pita chips to dip into this addicting hummus. I used Joyful Healthy Eats’ recipe for Homemade Baked Pita Chips and they’re out-of-this-world delicious! Have a wonderful rest of your week everyone and I’ll see you on Friday for a veggie inspired Easter round up!