red beet baba ghanoush

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in tasteovers by jackie | 2 comments

red beet baba ghanoush

Beet hummus is a thing. But beets can be showcased well beyond hummus. So I picked up a couple beets from my farmers’ market and transformed them into a different Middle Eastern dip … baba ghanoush.

I roasted the beets to bring out their full flavor. A hint of smokiness is provided with a pinch of smoked paprika. And you’ll definitely detect the refreshing citrusy notes by way of both fresh lemon juice and zest.

Though I usually prefer traditional eggplant baba ghanoush rather homestyle and lumpy, this red beet version with its stunningly gorgeous fuchsia color looks more beautiful when pureed until velvety. (Hint: The vivid color is from phytonutrients naturally found in beets, called betalains, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant abilities!)

Enjoy this recipe’s nutritious goodness with fresh or grilled whole grain pita bread wedges. Or serve it as a clever sandwich condiment. By the way, this delightful dip is vegan. So enjoy it any day of the week, including Meatless Monday. But be forewarned: Don’t make or eat this while wearing white … or else your dry cleaner will be more pleased than you!

red beet baba ghanoush Calories saved: 40

Why it’s better for you? Both hummus and this baba ghanoush are good for you picks! But if you simply need to keep calories or total carbs in check, this dip can be your better bet.

red beet baba ghanoush

Yield: 5 servings

Serving Size: 1/4 cup

red beet baba ghanoush

Ingredients

  • 2 medium (6-ounce) fresh organic or local beets with leaves removed*
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice and zest of 1 small lemon (2 tablespoons juice)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven (or toaster oven) to 350°F. Wrap the beets in recycled aluminum foil and roast in the oven until cooked through and tender, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Keep wrapped; place in a bowl and chill. When chilled, unwrap and scrape off the beet skin using the dull side of a paring knife. Then chop the beets.
  2. In a food processor, add the beets, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, paprika, and cumin. Blend until smooth, at least 2 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle with lemon zest, and serve.

Notes

Per serving: 70 calories, 4g total fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 8g total carbohydrate, 2g dietary fiber, 5g sugars, 2g protein

*Time-saving tip: Instead of freshly roasting beets, use 10 ounces Love Beets Organic Cooked Beets.

http://jackienewgent.com/2015/08/beet_baba_ghanoush/

 

The “Before” Version

Inspired by beet hummus

Per serving (1/4 cup): 110 calories, 4g total fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 0mg trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 15g total carbohydrates, 3g dietary fiber, 2g sugars, 5g protein

 

Tasteover Tips

  • Be inspired by recipes. Often a swap of just one ingredient (including the main ingredient!) can provide for an entirely different and enticing culinary experience.
  • When using lemon juice, don’t waste the peel. Find a use for the zest as a garnish or an integral part of the recipe.
  • Want a hint of smokiness in a recipe? Just a pinch of smoked paprika may do the trick when you desire extra flavor depth.

red beet baba ghanoush

2 Comments

  1. Oh, yumm. Beautiful!

    • Thanks so much, Razana! You can’t beat the beauty that nature can provide! :)

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