I grew up eating homemade hummus and it also happens to be one of my favorite foods. Used as a dip, sandwich spread, or even as a salad dressing, hummus is actually the only triple-doer on The 1:1:1 Diet. I decided to tweak my hummus recipe and added roasted beets to the mix. What a perfect pairing! I made my own pita chips (step-by-step below) that were as perfectly seasoned as they were crunchy! I hope you like it!
INGREDIENTS TO MAKE HUMMUS:
- 2 packages of the Steamed and Peeled Beets from Trader Joe’s. (You can use fresh beets (which you would have to roast) or canned if you prefer.
- 1 15-oz. can cooked chickpeas (drain before blending with beets). Keep a few to sprinkle on hummus once prepared
- ½ large lemon (juiced)
- A healthy pinch of sea salt
- 1 large clove garlic (minced)
- 2 tbsp tahini (this is sesame paste)
- Extra virgin olive oil (drizzle as desired before serving)
- 2 tsp. chopped parsley
- Blend beets and chickpeas in the food processor.
- Add remaining ingredients except for olive oil and blend until smooth.
- Taste and adjust seasonings as needed- salt, lemon juice, or olive oil if needed.
- Drizzle olive oil on final product. Top with a few whole chickpeas and parsley.
- Enjoy with pita chips or veggies. If you are buying store-bought pita chips, follow the serving size on the packaging.
STEP-BY-STEP TO MAKE THE PITA CHIPS:
They are so simple to make! Preheat the oven to 375º. Cut one large pita into mostly triangles (1/2 of a pita would be ONE serving). Spray a baking pan with avocado oil spray. Season with the Trader Joe’s Seasoning Salt- it’s really an all-in-one with ingredients including granulated onion, granulated garlic, sea salt, celery seed, paprika, ground nutmeg, and dry mustard. Drizzle just a bit of avocado oil on the pita chips as this will add flavor and will prevent the pita chips from drying out.
Bake the chips for about 12 minutes. At about 6-minutes, give the pan a little shake to give the chips some space.
The pita chips (about 10) are the carbohydrate in your snack. You can choose to have the hummus as your fat or protein. However, I would count this a complete 1:1:1 Snack.
If you prefer to enjoy the hummus as a side at meal time (FAT), I recommend that you pair with grilled chicken or beef kabob (PROTEIN). If you are looking to make this a plant-powered meal, I would recommend that you enjoy lentils (PROTEIN) and grilled vegetables on the side.
When you skip the pita chips, you will have an Accelerated 1:1:1 Meal and the hummus will be your fat. You can pair this with any protein.
ONE serving of the Roasted Beet Hummus is 1/2 cup.