Beetroot Hummus

Sometimes, you’ve just gotta do something that inspires you, and for me, that thing is cooking.

Inspired purely by a bunch of beetroot I saw last night while grocery shopping, I thought I would make my own version of beetroot hummus to snack on while I study today. And this is how I did it.

Ingredients

2 whole beetroot

1 cup/1 can cooked (and thoroughly rinsed) chickpeas

2 Tbl extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbl tahini

3 spring onions, chopped into 3cm sticks

2 cloves garlic, peeled

Small bunch of parsley, roughly chopped

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp honey

Juice of 1 lemon

Salt & pepper to taste

1. Peel two whole beetroots and chop into large cubes. Place in a small saucepan and cover with water. Simmer for 20 minutes or until tender (test with a fork).

2. Blend  chickpeas with 1 Tbl extra virgin olive oil and tahini. This step can be tricky with a blender, so stop whenever it gets stuck and mix it up a bit. Blend until mostly broken down, but it’s ok if it’s still a bit chunky. Remove this from the blender.

3. Blend spring onions, garlic, parsley, 1 Tbl extra virgin olive oil, the cooked beetroot (including the water it was boiled in), honey and cumin.

4. Add the chickpea mixture and blend again. Again, this might get stuck, so stop and help it out by mixing it. Squeeze in the lemon juice and taste. Add S&P if needed.

I found this made 3 batches, so I kept one for today and froze the other 2 for another time.

Serve with vegie sticks.

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Monday Top 5 – 16th April

Here are the Top 5 things that made my Monday great:

1. My new issue of Frankie magazine arrived in the mail today

My lovely housemate Anthony bought me a subscription for Christmas, so it’s the gift that keeps on giving! He’s a keeper, my Anthony!

2. I purchased Lush’s face moisturiser, Imperialis, with the rest of my birthday money

I’ve been using the cleansers and soaps all weekend and watching my skin improve day-by-day, while slowly falling more and more in love with Lush. To top it off, I used my Cupcake mask last night in the bath, and I don’t think my skin has ever felt so soft (and I have used MUCH more expensive products in the past). After cleaning it with such beautiful products, I thought it only fair to my skin that I follow it up with a moisturiser to match, so off to Lush I went, and Imperialis is what I came out with. So far, so happy!

3. I started my day with a yoga routine

Simple, but so effective. It is easy to forget how good I feel when I start the day with yoga, and I haven’t been very devoted to it of late, so I’m very proud that I managed to motivate myself, because all day I felt blissful enough to get me through.

4. I cooked myself a delicious and nutritious dinner-for-one

Matt is away on business this week because he is a grown up, and Anthony sorts out his own meals at the moment, so for the first time in a long time, I cooked dinner just for myself. It was very easy; bbq chicken breast (the rest to be used in other meals) and stir fried veg in garlic, oregano and lemon juice. Quick, easy and oh-so delicious! And enough leftover for my lunch tomorrow.

5. I’m feeling rested

Yesterday we got back from my birthday weekend, which was a fantastic weekend in Anglesea, Victoria, filled with beach games, sunshine, canoeing, touristy times, board games and lovely mates, and I am feeling incredibly happy and better for having such a wonderful break.

So that’s my Monday Top 5. Have a wonderful week everyone!

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