Roasted Beet Hummus

I’ve never owned any expensive jewelry, and I don’t know that I’ll ever want to. Primarily because I have no appreciation for it, but also because the opportunity cost is too high. There are so many things I would rather the money be spent on, even if it’s not my money. If someone gave me a $10,000 bracelet, my first thought would be along the lines of I wish this were a $10,000 gift card to Whole Foods…..

I’m not usually this practical, but I feel the same way about flowers. I can appreciate them and think they’re beautiful, but I don’t necessarily want them. If someone is buying me $70 worth of plants, I’d much rather a box of vegetables over a bouquet of roses. I actually think that would be more romantic. You’d have to know what vegetables I liked, hand deliver the box, and then stick around to help eat $70 worth of vegetables. I might be biased because I’m vegan, and because it was my idea, but I think this is the best idea ever.
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Roasted Beet Hummus

 If my Valentine’s Day vegetable box idea ever catches on, beets will be a staple item. They’re  high in folate, manganese, and nitrate, and have been shown to improve the performance of long distance runners. But the real reason I like beets for Valentine’s Day is because the red variety contains the color compound betanin, which acts as a natural food coloring and creates the vibrant hues seen in this roasted beet hummus.

Hummus is one of my favorite foods, but I rarely make it myself because it’s so convenient to get at the store. It’s only when I see a really unique hummus recipe that I’ll be motivated enough to make it myself. The beautiful magenta color of beet hummus caught my eye, and is definitely worth the minimal effort to make at home. I don’t know how to describe the taste other than to say it tasted like roasted beets mixed with hummus, and that it’s one of my new favorites. The color is perfect for Valentine’s Day, so if you’re celebrating at home this year, pair it with these heart-shaped potatoes and have the best themed dinner ever.
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Roasted Beet Hummus

Recipe Adapted from Minimalist Baker

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups chopped beets*
  • 1 can chickpeas (1 3/4 cup)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons tahini**
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil

 

* Shortcut – Buy beets from the salad bar that are already washed and chopped. I like the ones chopped like matchsticks because they roast more quickly.

** Money Saver – If you don’t foresee yourself needing an entire jar of tahini, which can be expensive, jut get a to-go container of lemon tahini dressing from the salad bar while you’re buying your beets!

Instructions: 

  1. Place beets on tinfoil and drizzle with olive oil. Cover with another sheet of tinfoil and roastst for 20-45 minutes, or until soft, depending no how thickly the beets are cut. =
  2. Let beets cool to room temperature.
  3. Drain chickpeas, leaving a small amount of liquid. In a large food processor, combine chickpeas, cooled beats, and all of remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  4. Serve with vegetables, pita, bread, and anything you’d serve normal hummus with. The photos show one of my favorite ways to eat hummus – spread on triangles of toasted whole grain toast and topped with arugula and thinly sliced cucumbers.

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Comments

  1. says

    i love the idea of getting a box full of veggies for valentine’s day- saves me the trouble of going food shopping! i’m the same way about jewelry and flowers. the only expensive piece of jewelry i have is my wedding band and engagement ring, and that’s perfectly fine with me. i’ll never be one of those wives asking their husband for something sparkly. and as for flowers, i’d much rather have a potted plant!

    this hummus looks so delicious, and you hit the nail right on the head why i never make it for myself. but, i LOVE your little shortcut/tips, i feel like i must try this now. there’s just no excuse. that toasted bread looks sooo good, too. and i love the idea of eating this with heart shaped potato chips. best valentine’s day dinner EVER.

    • kori says

      See – dating vegans is eassssy :)

      It is hard to make hummus when there’s a gazillion varieties to choose from at the store. I’m actually glad they didn’t have this flavor, because I might not have made it myself if they did!

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