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Thursday, April 22, 2010
...and throw in a beet for good measure...
I make some sort of hummus every week now, it is something that I have to have on hand so I can snack on it with veggies and use it as a spread for sandwiches. So last week, I was checking the cupboard for which types of beans I had, and I came across some dried black turtle beans. Perfect! I thought I would combine them with some peanut butter and cilantro as well as some lime juice and make a different sort of hummus than the usual middle eastern inspired one. I blended all the ingredients together and I decided that the murky black color of the hummus was rather ugly. So I threw in a beet for good measure, and beautiful color, as well as added nutrients. I have used beets before in hummus, and those are often my favorites(one of which I have posted on this blog, if you are interested)...as this turned out to be. I know it sounds like a wierd combo to pair beets and black beans, but this stuff is addictive! I especially love it with cucumbers! So, if you are looking for something a little different in the line of hummus, here you go!
Beet and Black Bean Hummus
3 cups cooked black beans (canned is fine)
1 medium cooked beet, diced
juice of 3 limes
juice of one lemon
1/2 cup natural peanut butter (roasted, such as Maranatha brand)
1/4 cup peanut oil
1/2 cup cilantro
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 Tbsp sea salt
1/4 tsp dried chipotle pepper or cayenne (depending on how spicy you like it)
6 garlic cloves
In a food processor, combine all ingredients and process until smooth. Serve with chips or veggies for dipping!