BSI – Beets!

This weeks secret ingredient kind of threw me for a loop.  The problem?  I don’t like beets!   But you know what?  This isn’t the first time I’ve used an ingredient I didn’t like!  Way back when, sweet potatoes were chosen.  I don’t like sweet potatoes, or so I thought!  I came up with Sweet Potato Pillows in a spicy red pepper cream sauce – and I loved it!

I have to give Tony full credit for the idea of this recipe – thanks Tony!

Biz’s Beet Hummus (printer friendly version here)

  • 2 medium beets
  • 2 tablespoons tahini sesame seed paste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cook beets for 30 minutes on top of the stove until tender over low heat.   Cool, peel and put everything in a food processor and blend until smooth.  Refrigerate.  Serve with raw vegetables and crackers.

the beets are bleading!

After the first taste, I decided it needed a little heat – that’s when I added the crushed red pepper – perfect!

Can I tell you that I was nervous to try this??  But you know what?  Once you get past the color, the beets just give the hummus a slightly sweet taste – it’s delicious!  Even Tony tried it and liked it!!  The whole recipe comes in at 678 calories, 24 fat, 96 carbs, 25 fiber and 29 protein.  Caloriecount gives my recipe an A:  it is low in saturated fat, there is no cholesterol and it is high in fiber, iron, magnanese and phosphorus! 😀

Since I had leftover dough from last night’s spinach pizza, and I had seen Cory’s grilled caprese pizza, I knew I would be grilling pizza!  It’s weird, it’s the same dough as last night, but grilling pizza gives a whole new texture to the dough – almost light?  Hannah was my outdoor kitchen assistant!  One word of advice – this goes pretty quickly, so make sure you have all of your ingredients on hand.

I bake it naked, and then after the first flip, but my ingredients on and put the lid on until the cheese melts.  And using a coal grill, it is best to have direct and indirect heat, so put your coals to one side, otherwise your dough will burn before the cheese melts.

My beverage of choice last night?  64 calorie beer, which isn’t too bad – I just add a section of lime to it and that really helps!

My pizza is a deconstructed version of Cory’s, simply because I don’t like whole tomatoes – I seeded and diced up one roma tomato, had spinach, fresh basil and fresh mozzarella cheese.  But you know what makes this pizza?  The balsamic reduction.  Hands down brings this pizza to a whole other level!   Simply take 2/3 cup of balsamic vinegar and bring to a light boil, stir for about 5 minutes and remove from the eat.  It reduces down to almost a syrup like consistency.

my ingredients - I drizzled the vinegar on after it came off the grill

After my spinach pizza last night, this comes in as a very close second as my favorite pizza I’ve made! 😀

I had an awesome grocery shop yesterday too!  I spent:

On the menu? (remember, breakfast and lunch is just me!)

Breakfast:

  • breakfast pizza
  • huevos rancheros verdes
  • egg sammie
  • zucchini egg white hash
  • spicy oats with cheese and turkey bacon

Lunch:

  • scallop bisque with spinach salad
  • hot chile grilled cheese with grilled cream of tomato soup (come back tomorrow for that recipe!)
  • crisp tortilal with avocado, beans and cheese
  • pesto chicken sandwich with roasted red pepper
  • green chile tortilla pie from In Praise of Leftovers

Dinner:

  • Grilled Pork roast with cauliflower gratin
  • Grilled scallops, Parmesan zucchini and rosemary potatoes
  • Tacos de Barbacoa from foodpeople want
  • beef roast with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes and green beans
  • lime and garlic spiced grilled cornish hens, roasted red potatoes and grilled broccoli

What are your plans today? I am meeting up with my Momma for lunch at Sweet Tomatoes and then hitting up Sam’s Club with her.  It looks like another beautiful day!!

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18 thoughts on “BSI – Beets!

  1. Pickled beets are the only way I really like beets. Tony’s Beet Hummus sounds like another way I might like it 🙂

    Going golfing in an hour. Enjoy your lunch!

  2. I just got home from my Model UN nations that I was hosting this weekend, so I have big plans to sleep!

  3. haha beets do have a VERY odd color to them. Love your recipe, I would have never thought to add beets into hummus! Glad you enjoyed it. Grilled pizza! I can’t wait to make some. I honestly like it better than pizza from any restaurant!

    Noooo rice burgers made at home are really good. Those boxed rice burgers were terrible though! Its like they tried just a little too hard…ohhhh well 😉 Enjoy the rest of your weekend

  4. I’ve hated beets ever since I was a baby. My mom said that I would eat all baby food except for beets. My taste buds have come a long way, but I still think beets taste like dirt. BUT, I would love to try out your hummus recipe!! It’s so pretty and if you like it then I’m sure I would too. Andrew loves beets and hummus so I think this would rock his world! 🙂

  5. I would have never thought of making beet hummus! you always come up with amazing things…including that pizza…YUMS

  6. WOW the colour on that hummus is awesome! That pizza looks great and so does your menu this week.

  7. Beet hummus – you should win just for the title! It looks pretty, but I, like you, would be hesitant to try it. Sounds extremely healthy, for a dip!

    Your grilled pizza? OMG, I want!!!

  8. When I was looking for beet recipes I found a beet hummus but it called for 1/2 cup of tahini! I don’t have any, but I’ve heard it was expensive so I couldn’t believe they’d call for a 1/2 cup! I’m glad yours only has 2 Tbsp, that seems a lot more doable. I love beets, so this sounds great! Also, the color is so brilliant! It’d be a beautiful addition to a potluck or even a holiday dinner spread to liven up the table!

    I love grilled pizza too! We had make your own pizza Friday night w/ your dough (I told you that yesterday too haha) but I thought about grilling it. Then I was too lazy to drag out the grill and add charcoals just for 2 pizzas so I quickly nixed the idea and just baked them. Still delicious!!!

  9. I just love to grill pizza or just about any bread. The grill adds such a deep, rich flavor and it’s fun!

  10. bold… I would be sick that day, or find a different excuse, but not sure if I could eat a beet anything

  11. Wow, this hummus looks fantastic! I love the color – beets make everything fun 🙂

    ~Aubree Cherie

  12. […] be avoided at all costs.  But I had to come up with a recipe!  So I decided to hide it and make beet hummus.  I actually had no idea if it would work, but guess what?  The beets lend only a slight hint of […]

  13. […] BSI – Beets.  Tony and I both can’t stand beets, although both our parents ate them when we were growing up.  I decided to see if I could make a hummus out of it – and we were both pleasantly surprised on how good this tasted – just a slight sweetness from the beets mixed well with all the garlic! […]

  14. Biz that beet hummus is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Thank you for sharing this recipe on my blog! I love the looks of this and am definitely bookmarking it to make soon. My kids are wild for hummus, and the beets make this super pretty. Great idea!

  16. I love beets, especially roasted with a splash a balsamic towards the end . They are like candy.
    I also love raw beets grated into a salad. They are a really good anti-inflammatory. This recipe is a definite must try.

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