Beet Chips & Cilantro Hummus

You know I’ve been digging the veggies lately. Just can’t get enough… they can be really fun and super delicious! Again to give accolades where they are due: thanks to Gwenyth Paltrow and her new cookbook, It’s All Easy. Eating healthy doesn’t mean bland, or that you have to squash your creativity. In fact, just the opposite, vegetables can make your mind whirl with possibilities! For example beets can be more than a Greek salad or Bortsch, they make for great chips! I love their red color and there little sweet crunch. Adding herbs like parsley or cilantro to your hummus, is a nice way to play with flavors and add a little variety to your intake of nutrients. But seriously, even if none of that matters to you- you’re going to love this because it is yummy!

As organic as possible:

Beet Chips

1 Tbsp olive oil, plus more more for the baking sheets

2 medium beets, peeled ย or very well scrubbed

leaves from 1 sprig fresh rosemary, minced (*I used almost 1/2 tsp dry)

Kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 325ยฐF. Grease two baking sheets lightly with olive oil.

Use mandolin to slice the beets as thin as possible.

In a bowl, toss the beet slices with rosemary, olive oil, and a generous pinch of salt.ย Arrange the beets in an even layer on the prepared baking sheets, making sure that none of the slices overlap. If you can’t fit all the slices, use another baking sheet.

Place the baking sheets in the upper and lower thirds of the oven, bake for 10 minutes, then switch their positions and bake for another 10 minutes. Let the chips cool on the baking sheets before eating. Eat plain or with the cilantro hummus for dipping.


Cilantro Hummus

1 – 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Juice of 1/2 large lemon, plus more as needed

1 1/2 tsp salt, plus more as needed

3 Tbsp tahini

1/4 cup olive oil

2 garlic cloves, very finely minced

1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl with 1/4 cup water and use an immersion blender to blend until smooth (alternatively, use a food processor). Adjust with more lemon, salt, or water to taste.



Hummus Lover’s Hummus

I am a huge fan of hummus. At any given time, I can eat unladylike amounts with ease. Let’s pretend we just had a hearty meal followed by dessert, and then for some unknown reason, you bring out some hummus and pita chips. I’d be like, “yeah, I have a little room for some hummus.” Smooth, chunky, creamy, pasty, garlicky, spicy, pine nutty…

As Organic as you can…

3 cloves garlic

1 scallion

2 -15 1/2 oz cans chickpeas rinsed and drained, (about 3 cups cooked)

6 tablespoons tahini

6 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

3/4 tsp salt

2 Sprinkles of cumin

Sprinkle of cayenne

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tsp chopped parsley for garnish (optional)

Do a rough chop on the garlic and scallions and throw them into the food processor. Pulse a couple times. Add chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, salt, cumin, and cayenne. Then turn your processor on and walk away. Check your processor and if need be scrape down the sides with a spatula. If it seems very pasty and not blending well, this is a good time to add a tablespoon or so of water. (You don’t necessarily want to add more lemon juice, or olive oil at this point). Then turn it back on and go do something else. Don’t be scared to let it run for what seems like a ridiculously long time, we want it creamy. When it looks incorporated and smooth slowly drizzle olive oil in. (Sidenote: sometimes my tahini is oilier than other times. If it seems thick to you, and you’d like to, add another tablespoon of olive oil.) Then using a spatula, and being careful of the blade, scoop the hummus into a bowl. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours. Do not skip this step! Because the hummus you taste right now is not going to be the better hummus you taste in two hours. However you can do a little taste for seasoning, and if need be and more salt and any of the spices you’d like. Then in a couple hours or even the next day when you’re ready to eat the hummus, remember not to eat it all by yourself at one sitting because that is a lot of hummus! (That last note was for me.)