Veggies and hummus may sound typical. But beet hummus is a game-changer?

Yeah yeah veggies and hummus.. Typical. Schoolyard typical. I’ve eaten it since I was a toddler.

Oh wait. 

Beet hummus?

Okay game-changer.

Yes it is ladies and Gentlemen. THIS is a game changer. Here’s how to change YOUR hummus game:

Step 1: Prep your veggies. 

For starters, gather up all your favorite veggies: We always recommend staples like carrots, celery, broccoli, etc. But while you’re mixing up your hummus game, why not mix up your veggie game as well? hey why not even be a bit unconventional.  Try some oven-baked sweet potato fries? Yeah those are yum dunked in beet hummus. Some homemade pita chips (okay, these aren’t technically veggies) or even just make a big salad bowl and plop a nice an ice- cream scoop of beet hummus on top. Yeah that was yum too. But back to the point… gather up all your favorite veggies and dippers.

Step 2: Make the hummus. Here’s the good stuff. 

You’ll need:

  • 1 beet
  • 1 can of drained chickpeas
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • lemon juice
  • zest from half a lemon
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp goat cheese
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • ⅓ cup olive oil

For the herb + spice sprinkle:

  • handful of fresh basil  
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • ¼ tsp cumin

Step 3: Get cookin’.

Turn your oven to 400ºF. Rinse the beet under cool water, and set it on a pan on top of a piece of foil. Drizzle lightly with sea salt and olive oil, and then completely wrap the beet in foil and slide it into the oven. Let it cook for about an hour. When it’s fully cooked, you should be able to easily stick it with a fork. Once done, take the beet out of the oven and peel the skin off. The skin should come off easily. If it doesn’t,try cooking the beet for a little while longer. 

In a food processor  (a blender works too!) combine the chickpeas, tahini, roasted beet , lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, cumin, salt, basil, pepper and goat cheese. With the motor running in the food processor (if using a blender, turn it off when adding ingredients), drizzle in olive oil slowly until your mixture is perfectly smooth to perfection. 

Taste the mixture and then personalize it with whatever you think it needs. Maybe a little more salt. Perhaps more lemon juice. Feel free to add a little extra pizazz with some extra spice! Or maybe it’s perfect just the way it is. Once you deem it snack-worthy, spoon it into your prettiest bowl and enjoy.

And then to top it off with the herb sprinkle mentioned above mince the basil and combine it with the sesame seeds and spices. Sprinkle that over the hummus and drizzle with olive oil. You can also slice up some radishes. Or crush some pistachios. Anything to play up that fun, bright-pink color!