The hummus that can’t be beet! (Day 6)

Pretty Dip

One of my favorite things is peeling beets. Weird, I know. I recently spent an evening with my friend Erin and her daughter and we had beet hummus with our dinner! This is the prettiest dip I’ve ever seen and it looks great this time of year with its beautiful, deep magenta color.

On the sixth day of fitness, Hello Wellness gave to me: The hummus that can’t be beet! Serve next to green peppers, cucumbers, broccoli, or celery for a fun, festive platter!

How-To:
1 large beet, cooked, peeled, and sliced (I always boil my beets)
1 large clove of garlic, minced
1 can of garbanzo beans, drained
1/4 cup of Tahini sauce (ground sesame seeds – available at most supermarkets & shown below!)
1/4 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 a lime, juiced

Cook and then peel your beets. Let cool and then slice into quarters and place in a food processor with the garlic, beans, olive oil, lime juice, and Tahini. Blend until smooth and serve with fresh vegetables, bread, or pita chips.

Like many other vegetables, beets are full of important vitamins and minerals. I’ve always enjoyed beets and recently discovered that many of my colleagues had never tried them. I like to remind people (I’m talking about adults here) that vegetables can taste very different when eaten raw or cooked. If you tried something one way and didn’t like it, prepare it another way and see if you change your mind. I also remind people that just because something didn’t taste good as a kid doesn’t mean you won’t like it as an adult. I also find that things that tasted good when I was a kid (Hostess Fruit Pies and Spaghettio’s to name a coupe) taste quite terrible and have no appeal to me as an adult.

Is there a food you have changed position on since you were a kid? Is there a vegetable you have recently discovered or re-discovered? I’d like to hear from you and if you have recipes to share, please post away!