Friday, January 29, 2016

Beet Hummus

Last week, I shared my easy garlic lemon hummus recipe. As promised, here is another super easy hummus recipe with a few shortcuts.

Like last week, I’m using canned chickpeas. And I also use pre-cooked beets. I love beets and often buy them fresh at the farmers’ market and roast them. However, they can be a bit messy as the red color tends to go everywhere (and doesn’t come out that easily in the wash…). I’m therefore reaching more and more often to golden (yellow) beets at the farmers’ market when they are available. But they don’t have the beautiful, intense red color of course. And when I’m in a rush, nothing beats already cooked beets!

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Beet Hummus
Ingredients
  • 1 can organic chickpeas, very well rinsed
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 package cooked beets with liquid 
  • 2 - 4 T olive oil 
  • Salt 
  • Pepper
  • 1 - 4 T water (add 1 T first and then add more if the hummus is too thick)
Instructions
  • Process the beets in a food processor. Once they are pureed, add the other ingredients and process until smooth, adding more water and/or oil as necessary.
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I have gotten a few questions about the texture of my hummus. It is a bit more coarse than commercial hummus. One of the reasons is that I use a cheap, mini food processor to make my hummus; the Vitamix would produce a smoother product. Another reason is that I do not peel the chickpeas. If you want really smooth hummus, you can peel the outer skin off the chickpeas (it comes off easily, but it’s time consuming.) I actually enjoy the more rustic texture, so I never peel my chickpeas. 

Questions: Do you like beets? If so, what’s your favorite way to eat them? 

Be Well,
Andrea

16 comments:

  1. I adore hummus. I made some last week and chucked in two cans of chickpeas, a full head of oven roasted garlic, lemon, roasted sesame seeds, olive oil, salt and pepper with some added dried hot pepper flakes. It's so easy and so healthy.

    I also roast beets but haven't done them in the hummus. My husband is fussy about "traditional" hummus. I often use my roasted beets in salads. One of my favourites is with feta cheese and grapefruit.

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    1. Your hummus sounds delicious!

      Beets are fantastic in salads! A salad with beets, feta cheese and grapefruit sounds wonderful!

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  2. Yum! I made some beet hummus once (with TJ's beets too) & it was delicious. Thanks for the reminder to make some more :-)

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    1. It's such a simple but delicious recipe. :-) I forget about recipes all the time...

      Have a great weekend!

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  3. I dont like beets but I want too! Haha. They are so healthy. Last week I saw a recepi at James Martin s comfort foods and it was a salad with beets and double Cream. I think I will try that. Youre hummus loos delicious. On what do you eat that?

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    1. I used to seriously dislike beets when I was younger. And then all of a sudden I liked them. I have found that many people like (or can tolerate) roasted beets even if they normally don't like beets. I think the beet flavor is a bit milder and there are nice roasted flavors.

      I eat the hummus with lots of raw veggies (carrots, cucumbers, radishes, etc.). They boys sometimes have it with pita bread.

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  4. Yay for another hummus recipe since we love it so much! This is so beautiful too, I think it would be great to serve guests. I hope you have a wonderful weekend Andrea!

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    1. Yes, the color is very pretty! :-) I made the beet hummus and the garlic lemon hummus to go with a big veggie platter and pita bread a few weeks ago when we had guests, and it was a big hit.

      Have a wonderful weekend, too!

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  5. I LOVE beets & especially those golden ones! I actually use beet powder in water to drink to assist with gut health & well, pooping., No matter how much fiber I eat & water I drink.. old age! :)

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    1. Golden beets are great! I hadn't heard of beet powder...

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  6. I love beets, but I would love the pre-cooked version even more. So handy!! This looks delicious. I love the bright red colour!

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    1. Yes, the precooked beets are super convenient! I love the color, too!

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  7. I don't like beets at all (and have horrible memories of trying to like them in childhood and fling, haha. But it's a shame as they are in so many great salads!

    Your dip looks really tasty despite my dislike of beets!

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    1. I think it's fairly common to have a pretty strong reaction (positive or negative) towards beets. I very strongly disliked them when I was little but then started liking them all of a sudden...

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  8. I love hummus, but I have never had beets.

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    1. Beet hummus is a nice change, and the color is so pretty, I think.

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