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…..
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.
Roasted Beet Hummus
Recipe Adapted from Minimalist Baker
- 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!
- 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. =
- Let beets cool to room temperature.
- 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.
- 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.