Roasted Beet Hummus

I decided that this year for the Power of Pink, I wanted to try to make things that are naturally pink. In the past, I’ve always relied on food coloring or colored M&Ms to make my pink foods. I’m just upping the ante for myself.

I starred this recipe in my Google Reader a long time ago so that I’d remember to make it in October. This hummus is seriously BRIGHT PINK! It’s kind of weird to eat something this color, but the color all natural due to the beets.

The flavor of the hummus isn’t overly beet-y, which I was actually disappointed about… I have only recently started eating beets and this was the first time I ever bought some and prepared them at home (woohoo that means I’ve finished something on my 30-by-30!)

Hubby and I enjoyed this hummus on pita chips, fresh raw veggies, sandwiches, you name it. Next time I’d cut back on the cumin, but that’s just personal preference.


I’m entering this in the Power of Pink Challenge. Be sure to submit your entry by the end of the month by making something PINK!

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Roasted Beet Hummus

Yield: ~3 cups

Ingredients:

1-2 medium beets
1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped finely
3 cloves chopped garlic
1/2 cup tahini or sesame paste
1 Tbsp cumin
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. On a large roasting pan covered with foil, roast the beets for 40-70 minutes, or until smooth when poked with a fork. Remove from the oven and allow to cool, then peel and cut into small chunks.

In a small frying pan, heat the tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onions and garlic and saute until soft, about 4 minutes.

Whisk together the lemon juice and olive oil in a small bowl.

In a food processor, chop the beets, onions, garlic, and chickpeas together until smooth. Add the tahini and cumin, and process again. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl, then replace the lid. While the blades are running, slowly add the lemon juice and olive oil mixture until the hummus is at your desired consistency.

Recipe from Erin's Food Files

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11 Responses to “Spicy Butternut Squash, Goat Cheese and Lentil Salad”

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    Shannon — November 16, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Ooh, that sounds great!

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    Emily — November 16, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    That sounds pretty incredible! Love your 5 day idea 🙂

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    amanda @ fake ginger — November 16, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    That looks delicious! I wish I could convince my husband to eat squash. 🙁

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    Boston Food Diary — November 16, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    LOVE this! Lentils are DELICIOUS and sooo good for you! This looks perfect!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 16, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Such a delicious filling salad! You pretty much had me at goat cheese…my favorite!

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    Megan — November 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I made the Bon Appetit version last year with pumpkin. It was soo good. I actually had thought it would be good with butternut squash too. Great salad!

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    Cara — November 17, 2010 at 1:29 am

    I’ve been eyeing that recipe since the original in BA and again since SK posted it. Where do you get your uncooked black lentils?

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    Jen — November 17, 2010 at 2:29 am

    Cara – I used the Goya brand lentils from my grocery store. They were greenish brown.

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    Taylor — November 17, 2010 at 4:00 am

    This looks awesome…I have some lentils I have been wanting to use, so this will be perfect!

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    Shannon — November 17, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    i made this too and it was AWESOME 🙂

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — November 19, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I love the combination of hearty lentils, sweet and spicy butternut squash and tangy goat cheese. I can imagine every flavor in this!

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