Beet lovers rejoice…You’re going to flip for this unusual hummus! Even nonbeet lovers will most likely enjoy it too. My husband and I ate almost the entire batch in one sitting. It’s that good! This simple to make hummus is loaded with very healthy ingredients, including, beets, garbanzo beans, and heart-healthy olive oil. Each tablespoon has 23 calories, 1 gram of fat, and 0 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints, and 1 Green.
Prep Time: 15 minutes (if using cooked beets)
1 package (8 oz) Steamed and Peeled Baby Beets, drained, see shopping tips or 2 medium (1½ cups) cooked beets, see prep tips
1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon fresh garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste
1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings, as desired.
2. Store in refrigerator for up to 5 days.
3. Serve with reduced-fat pita chips or sliced cucumbers, carrots or celery.
Makes 38 tablespoons (about 2⅓ cups)
Beets: These colorful root vegetables contain powerful nutrient compounds that help protect against heart disease, birth defects, and certain cancers, especially colon cancer.
You’ll find packages of cooked whole beets in the produce section of most supermarkets. I bought it at Trader Joe’s.
To cook fresh beets: Cut off any tops, scrub roots clean. Place them on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 375 oven. Cook until easily penetrated with a knife or fork. Alternatively, cover with water in a saucepan and simmer until tender, about ½ hour. Peel once they have cooled.
Serve with reduced-fat pita or pita chips and a variety of veggies such as cucumber and carrots. It also makes a delicious spread for a turkey or veggie sandwich.
WW Freestyle SmartPoints 0-Blue
WW SmartPoints 1-Green
WW POINTS PLUS 1
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 tablespoon hummus
23 calories, 1g fat, 0g sat. fat, 0mg chol, 1g protein, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 54mg sodium, 1g sugar
| Facts: for Freestyle SmarPoints
10 calories, 0g sat. fat, 0g protein, 0g sugar