This hummus recipe can’t be beet! This recipe is a treat if you’re looking for a creative way to use your fall farmers market find! In the past couple of weeks while walking around the Edmonds farmers market, I’ve noticed that the season is changing and more winter squashes and root vegetables are making an appearance. One of these being my least favorite...beets.
Growing up with a mother that was absolutely smitten for this veggie and knowing the wonderful nutritional benefits truly made me want to love them too. I tried them pickled, roasted, blended, powdered...you name it. Every time, their “earthy” flavor just did not sit well with my pallet. I held out hope that my taste buds would change with age and one day I would be able to share my mom’s passion. When just about all hope was lost, pink hummus became a trend. I love hummus and I thought that beets might make a decent addition to this savory snack. Whether you’re like me and want to love beets or you are like my mom and are bursting with excitement when they hit the market, you will enjoy this recipe!
Hummus is a traditional Middle Eastern/Mediterranean spread. A basic hummus recipe includes just 5 ingredients: chickpeas, tahini, lemon, garlic, and olive oil. There are countless hummus variations - you just have to get creative with spices, herbs, and veggies!
*To make pita slices: Slice store bought pita bread into triangles and spread on a parchment lined baking sheet with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake at 350 F for 8-10 minutes or until crisp.
~Gillian Schultz, RD
Healthier Holiday Recipe Round Up
Since we are well into the holiday season, we've rounded up 12 healthier holiday recipes that are perfect to bring to a party or simply to enjoy at home! All recipes are Dietitian created!
Let’s face the facts: as much as we may love our kale, good things do not last forever. We have all faced the disheartening moment when your once-crisp spinach turns into a pile of bruised, unappetizing mush. Never fear, there are a few tips that you can use along the way to prolong the quality your leafy greens! Our last visit to the farmer’s market included sharing such tips, in addition to classifying different greens, and ideas for preparation. Families gathered ‘round to spin the “head of knowledge” and put themselves to the test. Have you used produce wash on your greens? Apparently such an act, despite us believing it’ll benefit us, is a big “no-no”. Are you on top of your salad game? Look below to find out!
We love our spinner - can you tell? This week it is a "salad spinner"!
Top Tips for Washing Leafy Greens from Eatright.org
Bruised greens? No problem.
Both of the recipes below have enough flavor and texture to disguise most lettuce that crosses into the “not ideal for salads” zone. The kale chip recipe is not only packed with B vitamins, it provides a crave-worthy salty and crunchy alternative to the average bag of chips! And the green smoothie is so good, spinach is the last ingredient you- or your family members- will think of when you sip on it.
Preheat oven to 250 F. Wash, spin or pat kale dry. Remove the stem and cut or tear kale into bite site pieces. Toss kale in oil. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread kale leaves over the sheet and sprinkle seasoning of choice. Bake for 30 minutes. Kale chips should be crunchy and green. They burn easily, so be sure to check on them and adjust the time as needed.
YIELD: 2 servings
2 cups Spinach, 4 Strawberries, 1 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt. Blend until smooth and enjoy!
Combine vinegar, oil, mustard, and sugar in a jar with a tight-fitting lid; shake well.
Toss spinach, blueberries, goat cheese, and hazelnuts in a large salad bowl.
Drizzle with dressing and toss gently; serve immediately.
If you’re lucky enough to frequent the Everett Farmer’s Market, take this recipe along with you! Almost all of the above ingredients can be found at the market right now. If your shopping loyalties lie elsewhere, not to worry. This salad is composed of in-season produce that can be found almost everywhere in the PNW. No hazelnuts? Almonds slices or pumpkin seeds will do the trick! Adding a hardboiled egg, chicken breast or salmon fillet would also revamp this salad from a snack to an evening meal.
I hope salading down in the kitchen with your newly acquired lettuce facts will help you find your inner peas. :)
Feel free to visit us for another beautiful day at the Everett Farmer’s Market, this Sunday, July 24th!
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