Meatless Monday: Dwight Schrute Dip

by Rachel on March 29, 2010

Although Dwight Schrute is not a vegetarian by any means, he does love the main ingredient in this dip: beets!

I had actually never eaten beets! But I got them two weeks in a row from Door to Door Organics and knew I needed to do something with them.

Last week my mom e-mailed me a recipe for beet hummus from Simply Recipes; I took it as a polite “Do something with all those freaking beets” hint. So I did!

I have never made my own hummus either, and it’s because I’m generally too lazy/cheap to buy tahini, which you need.

At $8, this bottle wasn’t cheap, but I can get a lot of servings of hummus out of it, and I’m excited to finally experiment with some of the great hummus recipes I’ve come across! And beet hummus was first up!

Ingredients

1/2 pound beets

Two tbsp tahini

Four tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp lemon zest

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tbsp cumin

Generous pinch of sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

This is How We Do It

First, wash the beets and cut off the tops. Place in a baking dish with 1/4 inch of water and roast for 35 minutes at 375 degrees.

When the beets are done, you should be able to pierce them easily with a fork. Let them cool and then peel and cube them.

(Hint: wear rubber gloves or handle them with a paper towel…unless you want to look like an axe murderer.)

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor.

Whirrrrr!

That’s it! The color is just intensely rich and gorgeous.

This doesn’t taste exactly like hummus, but it does taste good! It’s great with Food Should Taste Good tortilla chips, raw crudites, on sandwiches or wraps, or on top of salad in place of dressing. It’s also an awesome way to add a healthy, inexpensive, and colorful veggie to your life.

Dwight would be proud.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica @ How Sweet March 29, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Dwight would love it. FACT.

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2 Dori March 29, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Identity theft is not a joke, Jim! Millions of families suffer every year!
.-= Dori´s last blog ..NYC Half Marathon/Birthday Race Recap =-.

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3 Anne Bender March 29, 2010 at 5:53 pm

After broccoli, beets are my favorite! I’ve never had hummus, but based on those ingredients above I may have to try the beet version.
.-= Anne Bender´s last blog ..Rapture =-.

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4 Missy Maintains March 29, 2010 at 5:56 pm

This looks great! I just started liking beets a few weeks ago! I just need a magic bullet now!
.-= Missy Maintains´s last blog ..Weekend 3 at Nutrition School! =-.

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5 Angela @ A Healthy Fit March 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Dwight would be so proud!!

Seems like an interesting recipe. I’ll have to try it out. I love me some hummus!
.-= Angela @ A Healthy Fit´s last blog ..The Blog is Back =-.

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6 Josie March 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm

i’ve never had beets, and i have to say, i’m a litle scared of them! but i’m with you on the tahini being so expensive. but the way i tend to buy prepackaged hummus, it might be cheaper to buy tahini and just make it.

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