It wasn’t until recently in my adult life that I had even tried a beet, and when I did, well I thought it tasted like pure dirt from the backyard. So, I decided that I hated beets and everyone was crazy for liking something that tasted so strongly like DIRT! Well, I gave beets another go several months later, but I bought some organic beets this time, roasted them with salt and pepper, and sure enough they were delicious! They did have that earthy dirt like taste, but it was so mild and the health benefits of beets just make you forget all about it. So instead of just roasting the beets I thought I would make a beet “hummus” to be able to eat beets in a different way. I have seen plenty of beet hummus recipes online but they all consist of the same ingredients as regular hummus. So, I wanted to make something a different than what is already out there. So say hello to sesame ginger beet hummus!
Sesame Ginger Beet Hummus
3 medium sized beets
1 inch piece of ginger diced
3 cloves of garlic diced
1 15.5 oz can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 lemon- juiced
1/3 cup canola oil
½ tsp sesame oil
½ cup chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Wash and cut roots off beets. Make tin foil pocket, place beets inside, and drizzle with some oil, and sprinkle salt and pepper on top. Roast in oven for about 1 ½ hours, or until tender enough for a knife to easily go in.
2. Peel beets and roughly dice (I like to wear gloves unless you like your hands to become a nice pink hue!)
^^ kind of looks like a crime scene!^^
3. Add garlic and ginger to food processor, pulse a few times to break it up. Add drained and rinsed beans, diced beets, and lemon juice. Pulse until smooth. While the food processor is running, add 1/3 cup of canola oil and sesame oil. Once the hummus texture is to your liking, add chopped cilantro and salt and pepper. Pulse several more times until fully incorporated.
4. Taste, and adjust seasoning as needed. Serve with pita, carrots, cucumber, or spread on sandwiches! You can really use this dip/spread for anything. Top it onto roasted sweet potatoes with some feta cheese. The possibilities are endless! Enjoy!