Cheesy, I know. But seriously, can you?
We saw Heather over at Better With Veggies‘s meatless Monday theme for August and couldn’t resist! We love meatless meals, vegan and vegetarian cooking is always so delicious and interesting, and often find ourselves eating sans-meat (not just on Mondays!). When you’re done reading our post, head on over to Heather’s blog to see the rest of the meatless Monday participants! We missed last week’s special ingredient, Artichokes, because we were at Canada’s Wonderland all day, so we definitely weren’t going to miss this weeks – Beets!
We’re not going to lie, Beets are something that scared us for a long time. My family always has pickled beets on the table at any given holiday or get together, and until recently we’ve been afraid to try them. I think part of it was their bright red colour (to be honest when I was little I thought they looked like some nasty organ from an unknown animal) and the other part was their earthy scent. When I was young I thought that no way could something that looked like it came from the inside of some bestial carnal and smelt like those insides had been buried under the ground for a decade taste good.
Of course, since then we have both become much more adventurous with our eating habits and have learned not to judge a food based on it’s smell or appearance, or any sort of stigma surrounding it. We tried pickled beets at Christmas time, and loved them (even their slightly earthy flavour!) and since then have loved using them in recipes, especially for their bright red colour! 🙂
We love to roast them and put them in sandwiches and wraps, on salads, and even using them in cupcakes! But for today’s meatless Monday recipe, we wanted to try something that we hadn’t previously done. So we went boldly where no bean dip has gone before!
Beet and Feta Bean Dip!
Don’t you just LOVE the colour? 🙂 The feta in it is primarily there for flavour, so if you left it out it wouldn’t affect the texture much I don’t think, but you may want to adjust the amount of salt.
This dip was actually surprisingly good! Everything about it is spot on, from the flavour right down to the texture. It’s beet-y without being overly so, slightly sweet with a tad bit of salt.
We promise that with this dip, you will be feeling the “beet” in no time! 😉
Beet and Feta Bean Dip
Total time: 10min
1 can of white beans (we used Navy)
1 small beet, roasted*
1/8 c. honey
1/8 c. Orange Juice
1/2 tbsp orange zest
3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
1/4 c. feta cheese
1/2 c. toasted walnuts
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
Chop your beet into a few pieces and put in a food processor along with all other ingredients and blend. Allow to blend for 5-7min or until smooth and creamy. Dip crackers, pitas or veggies in it, spread in on sandwiches – the possibilities are quite endless!
Have you ever tried beets before?
Were there any foods that you didn’t like or were afraid to try when you were little that you love now?