Beet It

March 8, 2019

Ok, so I'm going to go out on a limb and say whether you like beets or not you will like the beet hummus. I know that may sound ridiculous but the truth is the beets mostly give this hummus just a little bit of sweetness and of course that gorgeous color.


For the hummus you'll need:


2 whole small or 1 large beets (I used red beets but you can use golden beets too)

4 cloves of garlic

2 cups cooked chickpeas drained and rinsed 

1/4 cup tahini 

2 tablespoons almond butter

1 tablespoon white miso paste

juice of 1/2 a lemon

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup olive oil + more for drizzling

toasted sesame seeds + toasted pine nuts + fresh dill for topping



Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Wrap the beets and garlic cloves in a piece of tin foil. Place the beets on a baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until soft. Allow the beets to cool and then peel/rub the skin away. Remove the skins of the garlic cloves.


Add the chickpeas, tahini, almond butter, miso paste, crushed red pepper flakes and lemon juice into the bowl of a food processor. Puree the mixture until smooth, scraping down the sides if necessary. Add 1/3 cup water and puree until smooth. Add the roasted beets and garlic. Then stream in the balsamic vinegar. With the machine running stream in the olive oil until smooth and creamy. I like to let my machine run a good 5 minutes (scraping down the sides once or twice) to ensure a really smooth and creamy hummus. If the hummus is too thick for your liking, thin with water or extra olive oil, adding about 1 tablespoon at a time until your desired consistency is reached. Taste and season as desired with salt and pepper. To serve, top the hummus with pesto (recipe below) and drizzle with olive oil. The hummus will keep for 1 week, covered in the fridge.



For the pesto you'll need:


1 1/2 cups raw beet greens finely chopped

3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts finely chopped

3 tablespoons parmesan or nutritional yeast

2 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. Taste and add salt and pepper to your liking


 Then serve with chopped veggies and your favorite crackers and enjoy!!


Happy Friday!


Soma & Ulte




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