Awhile back, we roasted us up some tasty garbanzo beans to zap our good health with fiber and minerals. That bland little bean, which is part of the legume family… comes into its own, though, in the near Eastern dish known as hummus.
Let me introduce you here to the Cinderella of the hummus crowd, a beet and garbanzo duo that knocks your slippers off!
All hummus recipes, like all princesses, are royal treats. But the one I’ve posted here fits beautifully into my glass salver.
This recipes calls for only 2 tablespoons of oil, replacing the tahini and oil in other recipes. But the beauty of this dish comes from the pickled beet. How something sour could deliver such a good taste sensation is beyond me.
Be sure to add the cumin, too, as this spice bumps this simple recipe up another notch. Although we usually only use a little, spices can pack in a lot of nutrition. Cumin provides many health benefits thanks to its fiber, thiamine, and a whole whack of minerals – Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, and Manganese! See what I mean?
Once you’ve dressed your hummus for the bowl, dig in and have a great time! Here are a few ideas for showing off this dainty.
- Use it as a dip with your raw veggies at lunch.
- Spread it thick and creamy on a slice of whole grain toast, instead of jam.
- Use it instead of mayonnaise when building a sandwich.
- Mix a little with the yolks of hard-boiled eggs and serve up some sassy deviled eggs.
- Toss a spoonful into your scrambled eggs or omelets.
- Use it as a coating for oven-baked fish fillets.
- Mix it up with tuna or salmon instead of bread crumbs to make fish cakes.
Ruby Pink Hummus
1 pickled beet (about 3 ounces)
1/4 cup pickled beet juice
2 cloves of garlic
1 19-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons sesame seed oil
Juice of 1 smallish lemon (up to 1/4 cup)
Sea salt to taste
1/2 tsp or more of cumin
toasted pine nuts and chopped green onion to garnish
Process beet, garlic, chickpeas, beet juice, and oil in a food processor until it becomes a smooth paste. With processor running, add lemon juice. Check consistency. If it is too thick, stream in more pickled beet juice. Season with a little salt and a lot of cumin, to taste.
Serving of 1/4 cup: Calories (kcal) 130.0, Fat (g) 4.9, Saturated Fat (g) 0.6,
Sodium (mg) 284.8, Potassium (mg) 168.7, Carbohydrate (g) 18.1 Fibre (g) 3.2, Protein (g) 3.8, vitamin C 3.2, Calcium (mg) 28.1, Folate (DFE) 54.0
I was prompted to try this after seeing a similar idea on Simply Young and Thrifty. Thanks so much!
Theory: This dish is ideal for cycle 2 of the 17-day diet. That’s when you start adding legumes back into your meal planning, along with starchier veggies like sweet potatoes and squash. You can also include more lean meats and seafood options. Still no grains, though. They come in cycle 3.
The idea is to confuse your metabolism by giving it a higher number of calories one day, followed by a day of low calories from foods in cycle 1. Going back and forth between higher calories, then a lower amount, keeps you from plateauing. You should continue to lose weight, Dr. Mike says.
It’s February 19th already and I’ve just finished up cycle 2. I enjoyed the extras and the variety. But going back and forth between high- and low-calorie days confused not only my body, but also my poor little mind! Is this an on or off day? I keep asking myself.
Weight loss in cycle 2 slowed considerably. I lost only 2 additional pounds. That makes it a pound a week, which isn’t all that bad. I’m satisfied that the trend is still downwards. And I now have just 10 pounds more to go, to reach my goal! On to cycle 3!!!
- The 17-day diet, starring Dr. Mike Morano – Vinny’s intro to this meal plan
- Why did the Roman chicken cross the road? – 17-day diet, Cycle 1: Lean protein and cleansing fruits and veggies
- Grocery List for the 17-day diet – Let’s go shopping! The foods for the three cycles are color coded. Pay attention. It’s easier if you focus only on cycle 1 foods (red) while you’re still in the 17-day accelerate phase. On day 18, take a look at cycle 2 And so on. Less confusing!
- Green tea for two – Green tea is a staple on the 17-day diet
- Garbanzos, Gangnam style – Roasted garbanzos and nutrition
- Behind Mr. Beans back door – Everything you have never wanted to know about beans (but should have)