I don’t believe in diets – the word alone makes me cringe. So when I saw that the first challenge for /52weeksofcooking 2015 was diet themed, I wasn’t exactly thrilled. To me a diet is something where you deprive yourself for a set amount of time from eating a certain type of (delicious) food – only to fail after a certain amount of time because deprivation is never a good thing. I fully get, and support, eating healthy foods but why not call it “healthy eating” instead of the “d” word. I’m sure there’s some sort of psychology behind all of it, but it doesn’t change the fact that I associate diet food with bland, boring, and beige dishes. Which is why I went as far as possible in the opposite direction with this healthy dip. With the Super Bowl fast approaching (go Ravens!), many people will be sitting down and enjoying feasts of chips, dips, wings, and pizza – with maybe a few vegetable trays. This dip goes great with chips, crackers, or bread to include being a fantastic addition to an otherwise boring sandwich. Plus it only involves 4 ingredients, and can be made it advance which adds to the awesome factor.
1 lb beetroot, peeled and halved
5 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp sesame oil (can also use 1/2 tbsp tahini)
- Turn off to 425 and lightly oil a roasting pan. Place the beets cut side down on the pan and cook for 30 minutes, then flip and cook for a final 20 minutes.
- Allow the beets to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then place beets and oil in a blender. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until almost pureed. If needed, add more olive oil but add in small amounts to keep it from becoming liquefied.
- Pour in to a bowl and Serve!
I reserved the leaves for another dish, and brought this dip as an precursor to one of the many holiday meals we enjoyed this season. I found the beanitos chips a friend had brought over for game day went fantastically while others preferred a firmer wheat cracker but as with many things there is no right answer.
Note: Beanitos has no idea who I am, and while I didn’t pay for them my friend did and they were insanely good!