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HOW TO MAKE AMAZING BEET + WALNUT DIP LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT

September 16, 2019

HOW TO MAKE AMAZING BEET + WALNUT DIP LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT

served on Fit n' Light Amaranth Plus Crispbreads 

Beets are there for you, no matter the weather. In the winter, roast them for a hearty meal. In the summer, shave them raw and toss them in a bright salad. With fall just around the corner, bake them and pure them. Our hearts are currently BEETing for this super-easy and equally delish beet + walnut + bean dip. See what we did there?

What you need to know about this dip: It’s:

HOT pink
Super creamy and flavorful
Comforting
Hearty
Earthy
Full of vitamins and minerals
+ Healthy

 


INGREDIENTS

  • 4 medium beets, trimmed
  • 1 can of white beans (if you are trying to stay away from cans, soak + cook 2 1/4 cups dried beans)
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small red chile, seeded and minced
  • 3 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp za’atar
  • Handful of walnuts (1/2 cup of walnut halves or about 1/3 cup of chopped walnuts)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • White and black sesame for garnish
  • Half of avocado for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS 


1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Put the beets in a small roasting pan and add 1/4 cup of water. Cover with foil and bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, until tender. Let cool slightly.

2. Peel the beets, cut them into wedges and transfer to a food processor. Add the garlic, chile, white beans and pulse until blended. Add the olive oil, walnuts and za’atar and puree. Season with salt and pepper. Scrape into a wide, shallow bowl. Scatter the walnuts, sesame seeds and avocado slices on top and serve with Amaranth Plus crispbreads.


PRO TIP: Beets come in all sorts of colors, shapes, and sizes. Some markets sell beets in “bulk bins” which consist of just the beetroot without the beet greens, while others may only sell beets in a bunch.

No matter where you find and purchase your beets, use this as a guide to picking the best beets every time!

  • Pick beets that are free of bruising or any major blemishes. Now, remember that we’re talking about beets here, so you’ll probably be hard-pressed to find a perfect apple-shaped beetroot.
  • Larger beets will be harder to cut and will take longer to cook. As such, it’s best to look for medium-sized beets.
  • If you can, buy beets with the greens still attached. It’s a good indication of freshness.
  • Avoid beets with wrinkly skin as it is a sign of dehydration.


DO AHEAD: Dip can be made 4 days ahead; transfer to an airtight container and chill.



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