You either love em’, or you hate em’. I feel like it’s one of those foods that some people couldn’t imagine going a day without, while others are convinced that they’re eating a piece of dirt that has just been dug up from the earth, you know?
Then there’s me who falls somewhere in the middle.
While I can most certainly appreciate a good beet & arugula salad or pickled beets with fresh herbs, raw beets in their full, weird looking form have never been something that I get excited about at the grocery store.
You can probably guess that this isn’t something that I’m particularly proud of. Simply because if you ask any health specialist, they would likely agree that you pretty much can’t beat beets. Yup, cheesy food puns – I went there.
Beets are considered to be one of the healthiest foods on the market judging by their abundance of benefits – I mean just look at the color alone! I’m sure most of you are already aware of them by now, but for those of you who aren’t, I figured I’d do a quick recap. Beets are:
- Rich in a group of phytonutrients called betalains making them a total detox food
- High in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds
- Full of fiber
- Liver cleansing
- Blood purifying
- Annnnd undeniably the ultimate clothes and finger stainer 🙂
Now for the fun part!
Aside from all of the health benefits listed above, my other inspiration to create this recipe came from simply wanting to impress my guests by making something that was both delicious and let’s face it, equally pretty too! I absolutely love the contrasting colors of the bright pink beets on the charcoal black crackers, and of course the touch of avocado and microgreens on the top. I personally think it makes for a really impressive looking dish with next to no effort involved. Dreams really do come true!
T’is the season where I’ve been both hosting and attending lots of family gatherings, potlucks or little get-togethers with friends. As part of my contribution, I really look forward bringing or serving something special, but time is valuable (trust me, I’m with you) and I get that it’s not always convenient to prepare something gourmet in a pinch. That’s when my beet & charcoal sliders come in handy!
They also just so happen to combine all of the latest trends into one dish, making them totally Instagram worthy, too. 😉
I hope you (and your guests) enjoy them just as much as I do. And speaking of Instagram, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram if you decide to give them a try. I’d love to see how you choose to re-create them for yourselves. Happy snacking everyone!
Impress Your Guests: Beet + Charcoal Sliders
- 1 can organic chickpeas unsalted
- 1 beet, peeled boiled
- 2 tbsp tahini i.e. sesame seed butter
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1/4 cup water
- 1-2 clove garlic
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 1/4 cup microgreens
- balsamic glaze optional
- 1 package charcoal flatbread or crackers of your choice
Start cooking the beet. Bring a pot of water to a boil, then reduce the heat and add the beet. Set aside until the beet is fully cooked.
In the meantime, add the can of chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, water, salt and pepper to the food processor. Blend until well combined. You may have to stop the food processor part-way through to scrape down the sides.
Once the beet is fork tender, remove from the pot and run under cold water. Peel the beet, chop into small pieces and add it to the food processor. Blend until the hummus turns pink. Set aside.
Next, slice the ripe avocado and break the microgreens into small pieces. Set aside.
Lay out the charcoal or crackers of your choice on a serving plate. Spread the beet hummus on each cracker and garnish with avocado and microgreens. Add salt and pepper to taste.
An optional, yet highly recommended step is to drizzle your crackers with balsamic glaze. Serve and enjoy!
- I got this charcoal flatbread at my local health-food store (nature's emporium). The brand is "Vicky's Artisan Flatbread".
- Looking to save even more time? Feel free to use prepackaged beets that have already been cooked. Just make sure to check the ingredients!
Ps. Take it from me… don’t wear white when you make these.