Celebrating a New Year

January 20, 2018

I know that January is not everyone’s favorite month. It’s dark. The holidays are over. It can be cold. But, you can also think of it as a cozy time to freshen up your home, build a fire, make some delicious healthy food, and celebrate with friends over cocktails. I love coming up with really celebratory cocktail hour foods for any time of the year. This one is is great for winter. It is beyond beautiful, is so delicious, couldn’t be healthier, and really is the most festive thing ever! Try it and let me know what you think.

Red Beet Hummus

1 roasted beet
1 can chickpeas
4 Tbsp. tahini
zest of one lemon
juice of one lemon
2 cloves garlic
pinch of sea salt
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or tinfoil. Wash your beet and put it on the baking sheet whole, and cook it for 1 hour, or until it is easily pierced with a fork. Let it cool a bit, and then peel the skin off with a spoon or your fingers. It will be very stainy!
  2. Drain your chickpeas. Place the chickpeas, tahini, zest, lemon juice, garlic, salt, olive oil and beet (cut up a bit) in a vitamix or cuisinart, and blend until smooth. Lasts for 4-5 days in the fridge.
  3. Garnish with chili pepper flakes, pepitas, flat leaf parsley, and flaky sea salt. Can serve alongside veggies (cucumbers, celery, cauliflower, carrot sticks) or pita chips.

*Did you know that beets are an amazing superfood? They have long been used for medicinal purposes because they have a stimulating effect of the liver’s detoxification processes. The pigment that makes up their purple-crimson color (betacyanin) is a powerful cancer-fighting agent. They are also great for bowel function and for lowering cholesterol levels.

 

(c) Christy Halvorson Ross, 2018