I pride myself in utilizing what gems remain in my fridge the day before grocery shopping or produce delivery.
It’s like my own personal IRON CHEF challenge to create a gourmet (or just edible) dish from the depths of my crisper drawers.
I live for this shit.
Seriously. This is where my creativity flourishes.
“WTF can I do with a bunch of week old beets, endless summer squash from the garden and the 2 tons of lemons Al keeps buying each week because he is on a ‘lemon kick’ “
(I swear it’s like he’s having pregnancy cravings)
So, here I am, currently trying to simultaneously clean the fridge and use up what I’ve got left and it HITS ME.
I have been meaning to make beet hummus for a while now because of a few reasons:
1. How beautiful is hot pink anything?
2. I guess thats just it. I like pink.
I made this recipe with summer squash because it’s a neutral flavor and I have so much of it!
Plus, it makes this dip paleo-friendly, which is also a plus (hello happy belly).
Pair this gorgeous hummus with raw veggies or your favorite grain-free crackers for a fabulous summer dish that will certainly blow the pants off all those half-assed packaged hummus haters.
Follow me on Instagram to watch my recipe video of this dish! @NourishingNomsWithSam
Bean-Free Beet Hummus
Recipe By: Samantha Rispoli
1-2 medium summer squash, roughly chopped
2-3 roasted beets, peeled and chopped
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
1 lemon, juiced
3 Tbsp tahini
1/2 tsp Garlic Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/4 tsp Pepper
Water as needed
- Roast the beets ahead of time. 400 degrees on the oven, pop em in and bake until fork-tender. BOOM.
- Add all ingredients into a food processor and whizz until smooth.
- If hummus is too thick, add a little water to get things moving in there.
- Admire the pure pink beauty of the contents of your processor. Ahhh…
- Season to taste and serve with dippable snacks. HOLLA!
Alright, enjoy this recipe and feel free to comment below with questions, concerns or to tell me how you liked this recipe!
“Say it with me… SUNLIGHT!”
Things I love.
1. The movie BRING IT ON (absolute CLASSIC)
2. The SUN (It’s BACK, BABY!)
3. Green foods (We are all little Irish, right?)
4. Melting snow
5. Watching my dog frolic (fall) through said melting snow.
I’ve been feeling great since the sun has been shining, which is in turn pulling me out of my cave of blankets and pillows on the couch.
Whilst soaking rays a few days ago, I decided to start a challenge on Instagram to inspire people to start incorporating some fresh green goodness into their daily meals.
FACT: Adding new foods INTO your diet is much easier than REMOVING entire food groups in order to be healthy.
FACT: It’s March and everyone is already dying foods green to be festive, so this challenge will help you fit right in…only your food will be naturally green.
FACT: It’s that time of year when the sun is starting to shine and you are motivated to stick to your healthy living goals!
This challenge involves one small change every day by ADDING more food to your meals. By the end of the month, you’ll experience:
—–> More Energy
—–> Less Cravings
—–> Better Looking Skin
—–> Anti Inflammatory Benefits
—–> Excitement To Try New Green Foods
Along with the increased nutrients you gain from eating healthy produce!
It’s a WIN:WIN if you ask me.
COOL. Here’s what you do!
1. Share this post on Facebook! Inspire someone you know to take one small step for their health!
2. Follow ME on Instagram @NourishingnomswithSam
3. Post photos of your green dish DAILY. Tag me and #EatYourGreens
4. Get creative with your food! Have fun!
WHOA……need some ideas for green foods? I got you, baby!
basil, cilantro, rosemary, thyme
……is that enough inspo? ALRIGHT now go get your greens on! Don’t forget to tag me!
I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
The after christmas blah.
More like blah-humbug, amiriteguys?
Maybe you over indulged on treats and liquor this past week.
Maybe you haven’t had a solid, restful 8 hours of sleep since Thanksgiving.
Maybe the stress of the season finally made you crack and you are now left strung out, rocking back and forth amongst a pile shredded gift wrap maniacally humming Christmas carol tunes. Your energy is as empty as the boxes beside you but your stocking was full of 100 dollars worth of Starbucks giftcards, so that helps?
Hitting close to home?
Many people suffer the effects of the post Christmas blah.
When I start to feel “meh” like this, it is a pretty good indication that I need more vegetable goodness in my life to put that pep back in my step.
And thus, the Golden Ticket Soup.
Picture it. Organic golden beets, butternut squash, and carrots blended with turmeric, ginger and cinnamon in a velvety smooth soup.
Now, lets talk about inflammation.
This shit is the root of all disease.
Every illness, ache or pain you have ever experienced in your life began as inflammation.
What causes inflammation?
Sugar, alcohol, trans fats, aspartame, omega 6 fatty acids, refined carbs, gluten and casein, to list some dietary sources.
Perhaps your Christmas delicacies contained one or all of these scrumptious sucker punches.
This soup can aid that which the holiday season hath wrought upon your system.
This soup contains spices known for their ability to reduce inflammation in the body, which means you can combat the inflammatory response in a seriously delicious way.
These spices are a powerhouse trio of anti-inflammatory goodness.
Turmeric is a yellow spice used often in Indian cooking that can has been used in the treatment of arthritis.
Ginger, often used in Asian cooking, also packs an anti inflammatory punch in the face along with it’s anti-nausea and anti-viral properties.
Cinnamon can help reduce swelling along with controlling blood sugar, increasing your alertness and boosting your immunity!
Sounds like heaven, right?
I’ve got a Golden Ticket Soup
Recipe by Samantha Rispoli
1 butternut squash, pieced with a fork
3 TBS olive oil
1 onion, roughly chopped
½ lb carrots chopped
3 golden beets,peeled and chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
5-6 cups organic chicken broth
½ TBSP ground cumin
½ TBS turmeric
½ TBS ginger
1 tsp red pepper flakes
¼ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground pepper to
Begin by preheating oven to 400 degrees. Pop the whole butternut squash in and roast for 15-20 minutes. Yeah. The WHOLE squash.
Chop onion and saute in a pot with 3 tbsp oil. Add minced garlic and heat for 5 minutes. Toss in chopped carrots, beets and broth and bring soup to a boil. Reduce soup to a simmer and cover.
Remove squash from the oven and cut in half. When squash is cooled enough to touch with your bare hands, peel the skin. Cube the flesh and add to the soup. Continue to simmer 20 minutes.
Remove cover and add seasonings to the soup. Give it a stir and remove the pot from heat. When the soup is cooled enough to transfer, blend in batches until smooth. You could also use an immersion blender for this step.
Spoon into bowls and serve warm, garnish with a dollop of coconut milk for maximum lip smacking.