Roasted Balsamic Grapes with Brie

To me, winter sports are really what makes the season. I love snowshoeing, skiing, skating, and tobogganing, but for some reason I haven’t gotten to do a lot of those things this year. In fact, I’ve only gone snowshoeing.

DSC_0478

If I could pick a favorite it would definitely be cross country skiing. I like it not only for the great back country scenery, but also because it really gets me into a serious sweat that’s great for the whole “good health” thing, but also good for marathon training. So I think I’ll set some time aside, get my skis out and hit the trails. It’s the little things like this that can make winter feel special, and not just a freezing cold time of year.

DSC_0481

After coming home from a good ski, there’s nothing like a quick snack and a hot cup of tea. This appetizer recipe fits my needs perfectly. The brie becomes nice and melt-y under the roasted grapes for a truly sensational flavour. I hope you enjoy!

To make this, pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Wash grapes, and place them on a roasting pan with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.

DSC_0467

Roast grapes for about 35-45 minutes until soft and dark.

DSC_0475

While grapes are roasting, cut up your baguette and top it with Brie.

DSC_0472

Serve the roasted grapes alongside the brie cheese and fresh baguette. Enjoy!

DSC_0476

Roasted Balsamic Grapes with Brie
Serves 4-6 as an appetizer
A Warm Vanilla Sugar Original

Ingredients:
2 cups red grapes
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
Pinch of sea salt and pepper, to taste
1 small triangle of Brie cheese
1 medium sized whole wheat baguette (or white if you prefer)

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Wash grapes, and place them on a roasting pan with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt and pepper. Roast grapes for about 35-45 minutes until soft and dark.

White grapes are roasting, cut your baguette into slices and top with a thick slice of Brie cheese.

Serve roasted grapes alongside the Brie and fresh baguette.

Artichoke Feta Garlic Bread

As I cross “being vegan for a month” off of my 30 Things To Do Before 30 list, I am excited to get back to my old pals cheese and butter, but I’m extremely happy that I was able to consume animal free products for an entire month.

Artichoke Feta Garlic Bread

During the 30 days, I must say that my body didn’t feel any different than it normally does with a vegetarian diet. I expected a big change and surge of energy like a lot of the books I read said I would, but I simply didn’t. This could be because I watch what I eat, making sure to take in the right amount of protein, whole grains and nutrients from fruits and vegetables anyway. But it’s good to know that I must be doing something right day to day!

The biggest thing I learned after this process, was that reducing the amount of dairy I eat is definitely needed and that I need to cook more vegan foods! I experimented with a few, and was absolutely delighted with the results. Vegan cooking and baking is something I definitely want to get into more. Some of my favorite vegan recipes were my Kale Salad with Oranges, Almonds and Avocado, my Vegan Pecan Pumpkin Bread and Cheeky Kitchen’s Taco Pasta Shells.

Also, if you want to check out great vegan bloggers see:
Healthy Happy Life
Oh She Glows
Post Punk Kitchen

Artichoke Feta Garlic Bread

Anyway, the process was fun. And as I mentioned I’m super happy to get back to all things cheese and butter. This is a recipe I found on Tasty Kitchen and can genuinely say it is now one of my favorite foods. No joke. This is a MUST on your kitchen table.

Artichoke Feta Garlic Bread

To make this bread gather your fresh herbs. Our stars are parsley, dill, basil and chives (from left to right).

Herbs

Throw the chopped herbs into a food processor along with the marinated artichoke hearts.

DSC_0549

It’s time for feta, butter, and garlic. Oh my! Pulse that goodness until it’s nice and smooth.

DSC_0550

Eat with a spoon. You’re done!…kidding.

Artichoke Feta Spread

Slice the bread in 1-inch slices, stopping before the base of the bread. Stuff the bread with the mixture. Wrap in the bread in foil and bake for 25 minutes. Serve while hot!

Artichoke Feta Garlic Bread

Love.

Artichoke Feta Garlic Bread
Recipe taken from Tasty Kitchen
Serves 4-6

Ingredients:
½ cups parsley, chopped
¼ cups dill, chopped
8 basil leaves, chopped
¼ cups chives, chopped
6 whole marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
6 cloves garlic
¼ cups Feta cheese, crumbled
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 stick butter
1 whole Italian loaf of bread

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Chop the first 4 ingredients and place them in a food processor. Blend. Add artichoke hearts. Blend. Add the garlic, feta, softened butter and salt and pepper to the food processor and mix until smooth.

Slice the bread in 1-inch slices, stopping before the base of the bread. Stuff the bread with the mixture.

Wrap in the bread in foil and bake for 25 minutes. Serve while hot.

Seven Layer Greek Dip

I never considered myself to be much of a cat person. I had a few growing up, but certainly didn’t consider having one when I was on my own. I liked them…but they seemed to be more of an expense than anything else.

Two years ago, my boyfriend and I decided that we should go to the local humaine society and look at the animals, and ended up coming home with Molly.

Am I a cat person now? YES! She’s fluffy and cute and her sole purpose of the day is to cuddle me all day long. It’s kind of the best.

But recently Molly has had a change of scenery. I moved into a house in Ottawa (with super cheap rent) and one of the conditions is that I take of the woman’s two cats. So I jumped from one kitty to three and am now an official crazy cat lady.

When you are a crazy cat lady you need to remember three things:
1. Keep up your social life with humans. You might forget that speaking baby talk to everyone is not normal.
2. There will be poop on the floor. Deal with it.
3. Don’t leave ANY cream or milk based dips on the counter. There will be PAWS!

This dip is one that I HIGHLY recommend (and so does Molly). It’s not your typical 7 layer dip, and includes homemade tzatziki, hummus, jalepeno feta dip, olives, artichokes, tomatoes, and cucumber. It’s a greek party pretty much and will make you scream for joy!…well I did.

To make this, begin by prepping the ingredients for the creamy feta and set aside. In a bowl, combine yogurt, dill, garlic, 3 tablespoons of cucumber, olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper and mix.

Grab a large bowl or plate and begin layering ingredients with the yogurt tzatziki first.

Then the chopped olives..

The hummus…

The chopped artichoke hearts..

And then add the crazy feta, and the tomatoes and cucumber. You can layer it however you’d like and use other ingredients to make it your own. Serve with pita chips and enjoy!

Seven Layer Greek Dip
Recipe taken from How Sweet It Is
Makes one giant bowlful and serves over 10 people

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups hummus of your choice
1 15-ounce can of kalamata olives, drained and chopped
1 15-ounce can of artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
1/2 large cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 batch of creamy feta (or 4 ounces of plain feta, crumbled)
1 1/3 cups greek yogurt
3 tablespoons fresh dill
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 tablespoons chopped cucumber
1 garlic clove, minced
salt and pepper

Directions:
Begin by prepping the ingredients for the creamy feta, if needed and set aside.

In a bowl, combine yogurt, dill, garlic, 3 tablespoons of cucumber, olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper and mix. Grab a large bowl or plate and begin layering ingredients: the yogurt tzatziki, the chopped olives, the hummus, the chopped artichoke hearts, the crazy feta, and the tomatoes and cucumber. You can layer it however you’d like and use other ingredients to make it your own.

Serve with pita chips or whatever you would like!

Cinnamon Toffee Fruit Dip

Honey crisp apples are taking over my life.

Every day for the past two weeks I’ve been eating one, and every day I stare at the giant beauty and don’t care that it cost $2. Sometimes I like to jazz it up and make a super unhealthy meal with them. Like this dip. Sugar, spice and toffee, baby.

I love making sweet dips like this. Apples and toffee are best friends forever, and I’m totally ok with eating the friendship.

To make this, combine cream cheese, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg in a food processor.

Blend until smooth. Stir in one crushed Skor bar (or a few “mini” score chunks).

Blend quickly for a few seconds.

Place in a serving bowl and serve with apples or fruit of your choice.

Cinnamon Toffee Fruit Dip
Adapted from Noble Pig
Serves 6

Ingredients:
1 8 ounce package of cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
2 Skor bars, crushed (or 1/2 bag of Heath toffee bits)
3 apples (I used Honey Crisp)

Directions:
In a food processor (or with your mixer) combine cream cheese, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg until smooth. Stir in ONE crushed Skor bar. Place in a serving bowl and serve with apples or fruit of your choice.

Note: This can also be pre-made and placed back in the refrigerator, it will not stiffen up.

Summer Veggie Rolls with Spicy Peanut Lime Sauce

Yesterday I got stuck in an elevator with the WORST person to get stuck in an elevator with…ever.

Here is a small synopsis of the things this woman said to me in our 30 minutes together:
Woman after noticing we were stuck: Oh great, I have scoliosis.
Woman to the man outside the elevator calling for help: Hurry up! I’ve been in here for half an hour (it had been ten minutes)
Woman to me: My dog is going to pee all over the place.
Woman to me: I don’t think any air comes into elevators when they break.

WHY do these ridiculous things happen to me? And how on earth do these people exist? To be fair to the crazy woman, I too was a bit freaked out. I don’t like tight spaces without windows, but I sure as hell wasn’t going to tell her that to freak her out more. I wish I had cookies in my bag or something to calm her down with. But alas, I was on my way to pick up kitty food and only had my wallet and keys. FAIL!

Onto another completely separate note, I recently made these spring rolls for a party, and they were a total hit! Tofu rolls are always my go to appetizer at Thai restaurants, and I love that I can make them just as good at home. Hope you like these, and have a happy weekend!!

To make the sauce, process the garlic, sesame oil, peanut butter, lime juice, tamari, sugar and water in a food processor until smooth. Adjust to taste.

Mmmm…..

Slice your (pressed) tofu into long strips and julienne the vegetables (slice into long thin strips). Set aside, along with peanuts.

Set up a roll making station and gather all of your ingredients in one area. Place a tea towel on the counter and fill a very large bowl with hot tap water. Dip one rice paper wrapper into the water and carefully submerge it once it gets soft. Hold it under water for about 10 seconds, or until soft, and remove from water carefully. Place it onto the tea towel and unfold any corners that may have rolled up.

Add the filling ingredients in the centre of the wrapper. Be careful not to overfill or the wrappers will tear. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts.

Roll the two sides of the rice wrapper inward and then flip the bottom over top the filling and roll forward. Place roll on a plate and cover with damp paper towels. Repeat for the rest.

Serve the rolls immediately with the peanut dipping sauce. These are also awesome with hoisin sauce!

Summer Veggie Rolls with Spicy Peanut Lime Sauce
Recipe lightly adapted from Oh She Glows
Makes approx 8 rolls + 1/2 cup peanut sauce

Ingredients:
For the filling:
Spring Roll Wrappers (at least 8-10)
1 block extra-firm tofu
1/2 English cucumber, julienned
1 red bell pepper, julienned
2 medium carrots, peeled & julienned
2 green onions, chopped
3-4 lettuce leaves, julienned
Vermicelli noodles, cooked
1/3 cup roasted and salted peanuts

For the peanut lime sauce:
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp sesame oil
1/4 cup natural roasted peanut butter
1/2-1 tbsp peeled & roughly chopped fresh ginger
3 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce if you don’t have any)
2 tsp sugar
1-3 tsp water, to thin out as needed

Directions:
Press the tofu in paper towel while you prepare the filling and sauce. You want to press all of the water out of it.

For the filling: Julienne the vegetables (slice into long thin strips). Set aside, along with peanuts.

For the sauce: In a mini processor, process the sauce ingredients until smooth. Adjust to taste. You may prefer more sweetener, tamari, oil, or lime juice.

Slice pressed tofu into long thin strips. You likely won’t need the entire block.

Set up a roll making station and gather all of your ingredients in one area. Place a tea towel on the counter and fill a very large bowl with hot tap water. Dip one rice paper wrapper into the water and carefully submerge it once it gets soft. Hold it under water for about 10 seconds, or until soft, and remove from water carefully. Place it onto the tea towel and unfold any corners that may have rolled up.

Add the filling ingredients in the centre of the wrapper (see pictures in post). Be careful not to overfill or the wrappers will tear. Sprinkle with peanuts and a sprinkle of salt.

Roll the two sides of the rice wrapper inward and then flip the bottom over top the filling and roll forward. Place roll on a plate and cover with damp paper towels. Repeat for the rest.

Serve the rolls immediately with the peanut dipping sauce. These also taste awesome with hoisin sauce!

Note:
-Rolls will keep for 1-2 days in the fridge.
-Sauce should keep for at least a week in a sealed container in the fridge.

Roasted Corn Guacamole

After an awesome long weekend of friends, Canada Day celebrations, and a Monday OFF, it’s time to get back to the grind.

Boo work! In this heat I could seriously sit in my air conditioned bedroom and eat popsicles all day reading Game of Thrones – which I’m obsessed with by the way. Ohhhhh and speaking of books, if you’re feeling sad, deprived, and lonely after reading the 50 Shades of Grey series, there is this new book out called Bared to You by Sylvia Day that all the 50 Shade-ers are buying now and getting hot over. Check it out!

Now on to guacamole. Tied with hummus, it’s my favorite summer dip. I have a favorite recipe for guacamole that I made a while ago, but since it’s summer I added some fresh roasted corn to the mix (which could also totally be grilled) and turned the heat down a bit. What a treat!

To make this, first roast corn under your broiler and wait until a few of the kernels turn good and dark. Rotate the corn to get this darkness on all sides. Allow to cool a bit, then cut the kernels off the cobs. Set aside.

Halve avocados and remove pit. Cut avocado into a dice inside the skin, then scoop out with a spoon.

Add in tomatoes.

In a bowl, combine corn kernels, diced avocados, diced tomato, jalapenos, minced garlic, lime juice, salt, and cumin. Stir gently to combine. Add cilantro if you like it. I don’t sadly :(

Roasted Corn Guacamole
Serves 10
Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman

Ingredients
3 ears Corn, Shucked
6 whole Avocados, Diced
1 whole Large Tomato, Diced
1/3 cup Onion, Finely Diced
2 cloves Garlic, Finely Minced
1 Diced Fresh Jalapeno
2 whole Limes, Juiced
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cumin
1/2 cup Cilantro Leaves (optional)

Directions:
Roast corn under your broiler and wait until a few of the kernels turn good and dark. Rotate the corn to get this darkness on all sides. Allow to cool a bit, then cut the kernels off the cobs. Set aside.

Halve avocados and remove pit. Cut avocado into a dice inside the skin, then scoop out with a spoon.

In a bowl, combine corn kernels, diced avocados, diced tomato, jalapenos, minced garlic, lime juice, salt, and cumin. Stir gently to combine. Add cilantro and stir in.

Enjoy!

Cucumber Feta Rolls

Even though it’s summer and I should be thinking about cute bathing suits, picnics, and hikes, I’m taking a summer course.

It’s not too bad. To be fair, I only spend about 2 hours a week outside of class on it, but it IS on my mind all the time. It’s a report writing class, and in it we get to choose any topic we want, write about it, and submit it at the end with a few little assignments in between.

So for my topic I have chosen to look at designer babies. Have you heard of this?! I’m just in the beginning stages of learning about the whole idea, but it sounds nuts. Imagine being able to choose your child’s sex, height, and eye colour before they are even born? It sounds wild to me, but it has certainly given me something to think about. I mean, this would be a fantastic idea if we simply used this technology to knock out diseases and potential physical disabilities, but otherwise, I’m not sure….and it will be interesting to see what will happen in the future.

But when I’m not thinking about designer babies, I do have time to think of summery food. I made these delicious cucumber rolls recently and loved them! It was one of those super hot days outside and this was the perfect appetizer to have in the scorching heat. I totally recommend them! I just loooove feta!

To make these, thinly slice the cucumbers longways with a vegetable peeler (or on a mandoline at a 2mm thick setting). Lay the cucumbers on top of a paper towel lined cutting board while you prepare the filling.

Add the feta and yogurt to a medium bowl. Mash to combine using a fork. Add the bell pepper or sun dried tomatoes, olives, dill, lemon, and pepper to the bowl.

Stir well to combine. In a bowl, mash the feta using a fork.

Place 1 – 2 teaspoons of mixture at one end of a cucumber strip and roll up.

Secure with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining strips!

Cucumber Feta Rolls
Recipe makes 20 rolls
Recipe taken from Good Life Eats

Ingredients:
2 cucumbers
6 ounces crumbled feta
3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
2 1/2 – 3 1/2 tablespoons finely diced sundried tomatoes or red bell pepper
8 – 12 pitted kalamata olives, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon roughly chopped dill or oregano
2 teaspoons lemon juice
pinch of pepper, or to taste

Directions:
Thinly slice the cucumbers longways on a mandoline at a 2mm thick setting. Alternatively, you can use a vegetable peeler if you do not have a mandoline. Lay the cucumbers on top of a paper towel lined cutting board while you prepare the filling.

Add the feta and yogurt to a medium bowl. Mash to combine using a fork. Add the bell pepper or sun dried tomatoes, olives, dill, lemon, and pepper to the bowl. Stir well to combine. In a bowl, mash the feta using a fork.

Place 1 – 2 teaspoons of mixture at one end of a cucumber strip and roll up. Secure with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining strips. If not serving immediately, chill until ready to serve.

Eggplant Marinara Flatbread

The cool thing about working part time at a bookstore is that…well, you get to see all the new books that come out! You can talk to customers about good books they’ve read and skim through books from all different genres in hopes to find a new and fun read.

Recently this 50 Shades of Grey trilogy has blown up. Gone crazy. Made people mad excited. It’s cool, I get it, and since these books are my store’s biggest seller by far, I knew I had to read it. So, I did…and the book had me hooked.

It’s weird, the entire story is unbelievable, the writing is bad, the male character is seriously messed up and into painful sex, but there I was….reading my sexy book in the park while sipping iced tea, in bed at night while my boyfriend made fun of me, and in between baking times while my cookies were in the oven.

I guess I’m just like everyone else. I couldn’t get enough of it. The only thing that seriously confuses me though is when customers come into the store and say “the book is life changing” or “the best book ever” or “it has amazing writing and plot”….really?! Have these people ever even read a book before? Who knows. And if this book is actually life changing, I do not want to know what’s going on inside their bedrooms…or maybe I do. Creepy.

Anyway! On to flatbread. Delicious, amazing, chewy, flatbread. This appetizer seriously rocks my world, and will totally rock yours too. It has herbed goat cheese, mozzarella, marinara and buttery eggplant on ciabatta. YES!

Preheat the oven to 400˚ F. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Season the eggplant slices with salt and pepper. Lay the eggplant in the heated skillet. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, turning, until the eggplant is lightly browned on both sides, about 6 minutes total. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

Brush the cut side of the bread slices with the remaining oil and cook in the warm skillet on medium-high heat until golden brown, 1-2 minutes.

Lay the bread, cut side up, on a baking sheet. Spread a thin layer of the marinara sauce on each slice. Crumble the goat cheese over the marinara and sprinkle with chopped basil. Lay the eggplant slices on top of the marinara. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella over the eggplant slices and dot lightly with remaining marinara sauce. Just like the picture!

Bake until the topping is hot and slightly browned, about 12 minutes. Slice into small pieces.

Enjoy!

Eggplant Marinara Flatbread
Recipe taken from Annie’s Eats

Ingredients:
4 tbsp. olive oil, divided
6 (1/3-1/2-inch thick) slices eggplant, about 4 inches in diameter
I loaf of ciabatta (or Italian), cut in half
Marinara sauce (about 1 cup)
1 oz. soft fresh goat cheese (I used herbed)
1 cup coarsely grated mozzarella cheese

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400˚ F. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Season the eggplant slices with salt and pepper. Lay the eggplant in the heated skillet. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, turning, until the eggplant is lightly browned on both sides, about 6 minutes total. Transfer to a plate and set aside. Brush the cut side of the bread slices with the remaining oil and cook in the warm skillet on medium-high heat until golden brown, 1-2 minutes.

Lay the bread, cut side up, on a baking sheet. Spread a thin layer of the marinara sauce on each slice. Crumble the goat cheese over the marinara and sprinkle with chopped basil. Lay the egg plant slices on top of the marinara. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella over the eggplant slices and dot lightly with remaining marinara sauce.

Bake until the topping is hot and slightly browned, about 12 minutes. Slice into small pieces.

Roasted Garlic Hummus

I’m going a bit crazy. In three days I’m running in the Ottawa marathon and have been relaxing my muscles this week by cutting my weekly running miles in half.

*sigh*…oh, the classic taper week. The week that all runners love to hate.

To clear their heads, some people have a therapist, some people are just plain angry, some people eat a lot of cake…and I run. It makes me feel strong and happy and free all at the same time. So naturally, a taper week (less running) doesn’t allow me to do that. It’s torturous!

During this week my boyfriend just happens to be on a fishing trip up north, so without him to keep me busy I’ve been visiting with friends every day, going for long walks and bike rides, doing the short runs I’m allowed, and making so, so, many salads and dips. With this hot weather, they carry me over so I don’t have to turn on the oven too much or do too many dishes. It’s a win-win situation really. Plus, dips and salads are healthy!

To make this roasted garlic hummus (the best hummus), start by roasting a head of garlic. Preheat your oven to 375°F. Cut off the very top of the garlic clove (about 1/4″) so that the tops of most of the cloves are exposed slightly. Coat with a little olive oil and wrap securely in tin foil. Roast garlic in oven for 1 hour.

Remove from foil and allow the garlic to cool.

Using your fingers, squeeze the soft, roasted garlic out of each clove into food processor (this is easily done when the garlic has cooled completely). Set aside 3 garlic cloves for later use. Rinse and drain chickpeas. Add them, and all other ingredients except olive oil and the 3 roasted garlic cloves you set aside, to the food processor and blend until completely smooth.

Scrape ingredients off the sides of your food processor to make sure it blends evenly. Finally add one tablespoon of olive oil at a time until you have reached the desired consistency. Add it very slowly, allowing the mixture to combine fully before adding more liquid. For a tasty garnish, mince the 3 roasted garlic cloves you set aside and toss in a tiny bit of olive oil and place on top of hummus.

Enjoy!

Roasted Garlic Hummus
Recipe taken from The Novice Chef

Ingredients:
2 cups canned chick-peas or cooked chickpeas
3 tablespoons tahini
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup warm water
1 extra large head of garlic
1 lemon, juice of
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375°F Cut off the very top of the garlic clove (about 1/4″) so that the tops of most of the cloves are exposed slightly. Coat with a little olive oil and wrap securely in tin foil. Roast garlic in oven for 1 hour. Remove and allow cool.

Using your fingers, squeeze the soft, roasted garlic out of each clove into food processor (this is easily done when the garlic has cooled completely). Set aside 3 garlic cloves for later use. Rinse and drain chickpeas. Add them, and all other ingredients except olive oil and the 3 roasted garlic cloves you set aside, to the food processor and blend until completely smooth.

Scrape ingredients off sides of food processor to make sure it blends evenly. Finally add a tablespoon of olive oil at a time until you have reached the desired consistency. Add it very slowly, allowing the mixture to combine fully before adding more liquid. For a tasty garnish, mince the 3 roasted garlic cloves you set aside and toss in a tiny bit of olive oil and place on top of hummus.

Serve at room temperature with pita, crackers, or veggies. Also you can add it as a condiment to a wrap! Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to a week.

Roasted Beet Hummus

This stuff is pretty.

Colourful, bright red, hummus that taste’s so good you can’t stop eating it. Trust me. This happened. But luckily, this stuff is jammed back with goodness, you won’t feel gross. Beets are filled with Iron, Fiber, and Vitamins A and C. See? Goodness in your belly.

To begin, stick whole beets in your oven at 375 F and roast for about an hour until a knife inserts easily.

Once beets are cooled a bit. Peel them, chop them, and throw them in your food processor along with lemon juice, tahini, garlic, olive oil, and some salt. Blend until smooth.

Then eat this stuff like a mad woman! I ate it with tortilla chips, but it also goes nicely with baby carrots, celery, or chopped bell peppers.

Beet Hummus
Makes about 2 cups
Recipe taken from not without salt

Ingredients:
3 medium beets, cleaned, roasted, peeled then cut into chunks
2 Tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
salt to taste

Directions:
To roast beets, stick whole beets in your oven at 375 F and roast for about an hour until a knife inserts easily.

Let beets cool, and then peel them and chop them into cubes.

Process all ingredients in a food processor. Blend until smooth. Tasted and adjust seasoning. Serve with a hefty drizzle of olive oil.