Paleo Beet Hummus... GF, DF, Vegan, Low-carb

Let’s get one thing straight. Chickpeas are not the devil. That said, I tend to skew my diet towards a paleo approach ie no legumes or grains. That’s how I feel best and having not eaten grains or legumes (aside from the odd occasion) for the past five years, I think it’s safe to say I’m not missing out on anything.

I’ll have some every now and then as I’m a pretty flexible eater when I’m out and about, but I don’t add them to my grocery shopping list. I know a lot of people have been told to stay away from the legumes if they have gut issues - microbial imbalance, SIBO and the like. And for the most part, it seems to be an effective treatment in the short term, allowing guts to get back into balance and from there, the foods they’ve eliminated can be introduced. I know I’ve experienced this myself with legumes, grains, fruit, nuts and fermented products. All of these things once caused me some serious digestive upset but now I’ve found a way to eat them without any side effects.

Any way, this is why you won’t find any grains or legumes in my eBook MADE. This book is the exact food I eat every day and a thorough how-to on building a bowl that nourished the gut and the mind.

This beetroot hummus is part of Step 4 in the eBook, it’s the part of the bowl-building journey where you get to add your own flare. The veggies have been taken care of (the base of the bowl), the protein is done (that’s going to keep you full) and now you can add whatever you like to make it interesting and allow you to actually eat well without falling face first into a tub of coconut ice cream.

Whether it’s adding some tartness with my lemon tahini drizzle, some softness with my paleo hummus or a little crunch from some toasted pinenuts (or if you’re like me a combination of all of these)… This is honestly my secret to eating well with ease…

Eating food that actually tastes amazing.

Photo by  Phoebe McCreath

Makes: About 3-4 cups worth

Ingredients:

½ large head cauliflower, chopped

1 large beetroot, chopped 

1 garlic clove, whole

3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for roasting

½  cup tahini

1 lemon, juiced

1 garlic clove, whole

1/4 tsp salt

¼ tsp cumin 

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Coat the cauliflower, beetroot and garlic in olive oil and salt and place on a roasting tray in a single layer. Roast in the oven for 20–25 minutes or until the veggies are soft and edges are beginning to become golden. 

  2. When roasted, pop the garlic out of its skin and add to the food processor with the cauliflower, beetroot, tahini, lemon juice, spices and extra olive oil as needed.

  3. Blend and store in the fridge. 

For ideas on how to use this beet hummus, plus a bunch more recipes like it, check out MADE

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