This spring…think about the color purple.
- 1 lb beets
- 1 15oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 Tbls fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
- 1 Tbls horseradish sauce
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Cloves garlic, chopped
- Chopped fresh parsley
- Trim, scrub and slice the beets in half. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan, reduce the heat to medium and add the beets. Cover and cook until tender, about 40 minutes. Drain and let cool.
⇒ If you like, save the beet juice to drink later.
- The peels should scrape off easily.
- Combine the beans, beets, tahini, lemon juice, horseradish, garlic and 1/2 tsp Kosher salt in a food processor. Cover and process until just smooth. While processing, slowly drizzle the olive oil through the feed tube and continue to process until smooth. Transfer to serving bowl and chill until ready to serve.
- Drizzle just a little olive oil over top of Hummus and garnish with a sprinkle of chopped parsley, if you like.
- Serve with pita slices, cucumber slices and/or sweet potato chips.
Did you know…
Purple and red produce provides us with an extra punch of nutritional benefits. So, look for these at your grocers or local farmers market this summer. You can find everything from red peppers, red kale, red cabbage, red onions to purple potatoes, eggplant and, of course…beets.
Recently, I learned about purple (green?) beans and purple snow peas. I’m going to seek them out, give ’em a try and keep you posted.
So…why is purple so healthy?
Compounds, called anthocyanins, in these foods apparently have an anti-inflammatory effect which may help lower the risk of cancer and heart disease. They are best eaten raw, steamed or roasted.
Don’t forget the berries!
Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, purple grapes and black cherries.
As always, I invite you to leave comments and feedback below. Do you have a favorite purple fruit or vegetable that you include with your meals? I’m going to grow organic beets in my garden this summer, right next to my sweet red peppers. How about you?