Hummus and I go way back.
We’re kinda like best friends…
When you’ve adopted a whole-food plant-based, nutritarian lifestyle, how can you go wrong with chickpeas, tahini, citrus juice and spices?
Dr. Fuhrman classifies beans as one of 6 nutritarian superfoods (GBOMBS).
And, in his book, How Not to Die, Dr. Greger lists 1/4 cup of hummus as equivalent to one serving of the recommended three servings of beans daily (p. 276). And chickpeas have been shown to help treat and prevent diabetes and cholesterol!
It’s no surprise then, that one of the most popular recipes on the site is this no-oil Nutritarian Hummus. It’s delicious, dip-able and down-right good-for-you!
So I say: Give me all the hummus!
And now basic, beige hummus is getting all dolled up and pretty for ya–because pink food just makes life happier!
How to Roast Beets Without Oil
This was kind of a hurdle for me–I don’t know why, but there was something mentally holding me back from dealing with roasting beets.
The problem is that so many store-bought already roasted beets have salt, so I put my big-girl pants on and figured it out!
- preheat the oven to 375°
- trim beet greens and wash beets (no need to dry the beets off, the water helps them cook)
- wrap each beet in foil
- place on baking sheet and roast until tender (this ranges between 30 to 60 minutes depending on size)
- let the beets cool for at least 10 minutes
- unwrap from foil and then peel off the skin (I just rubbed them with my thumbs and skins come off easily)
- slice or chop to your heart’s content
So, now that I’ve learned how to roast beets, I’m doing it like all. the. time. Oh my gosh, roasted golden beets are sensational on a salad!
You know what else I love about this recipe? You make it in your high-speed blender! Woop woop!
I’m determined to hold out as long as I possibly can on buying a food processor–they just seem so fussy and hard to clean (if you have one that isn’t please be so kind as to share it with me below).
This recipe uses really straight-forward, whole-food ingredients, but there is one kinda-out-of-the-ordinary ingredient that sends the flavor of this beet hummus right over the top…
Beet Juice is Brilliant
Yup, beet juice is what makes this recipe sing!
Now, this could be troublesome to find, but ever since I developed this recipe I’ve been spying beet juice all around: Trader Joe’s has a brand, Safeway and Srpouts.
Beet juice gives this hummus that amazing deep color and adds a real depth-of-flavor you wouldn’t get without it.
If tracking down beet juice just isn’t you’re thing, I totally get it! I would suggest reserving as much of the roasting juices as you can from the foil around the beets and using that in the recipe instead.
If you hang around the site much you can see I have a serious love affair going with this dressing I’m so happy to finally give you all a home-made beet hummus to use in the dressing recipe!
No-Oil Beet Hummus
This oil-free, no-added-salt Beet Hummus recipe packs a serious punch of flavor and nutrition into your healthy lifestyle. Perfect for Dr. Fuhrman's nutritarian plan and Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen!
- 2 packs/cans garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained well (about 30 ounces including packing water)
- 1 1/2 cups diced roasted beets
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup tahini (one ingredient: sesame seeds)
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup beet juice
- 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
FOR ROASTING BEETS:
Preheat the oven to 375°. Trim beet greens and wash beets (no need to dry the beets off, the water helps them cook). Wrap each beet in foil and place wrapped beets on baking sheet and roast until tender (this ranges between 30 to 60 minutes depending on size).
Let the beets cool for at least 10 minutes. Unwrap from foil and then peel off the skin (I just rubbed them with my thumbs and skins come off easily). Dice.
Combine all the ingredients listed above in a high-speed blender. Blend on high for about 2 minutes, or until smooth and creamy.
Store in glass containers, keeps for up to 10 days in the fridge.
Use this hummus on wraps and pitas and use it to make this No-Oil Beet Hummus Dressing too!
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