Beetroot Hummus Toast is a very healthy, quick and easy millennial breakfast, which is loaded with superfoods and brain foods aka ingredients that aid in the health of a brain and it’s cognitive functions. Beetroot Hummus Toast is loaded with protein and nutrient-rich foods and is just the right breakfast recipe to start your day.
Hummus is a dip/spread, which originated in Middle-East countries. It’s a very integral part of the Middle-Eastern or Mediterranean diet. “Hummus” comes from the Arabic word meaning “chickpeas”, and the full name of the prepared spread in Arabic is ḥummuṣ bi ṭaḥīna which means “chickpeas with tahini”. (source: Wikipedia). Hummus is a very healthy versatile dip/spread that can be made in several different varieties. It pairs well with veggies, crackers, toasts, sandwiches, etc. Making hummus is a 5-7 minute process. It’s quite easy, simple, and quick. You can make it in a batch and refrigerate it, and use it for up to 7-10 days.
I blogged about this original hummus recipe several years ago. Over the years, the recipe has evolved a bit in my kitchen as well. This time, I tried out a variant of the original recipe by adding beetroot to it. It gave the hummus an amazingly beautiful taste and color. I had it over a toast, and topped with red radishes.
Beetroot, as well as Tahini, are considered brain foods. Beetroot contains nitrates, which help increase blood flow to the brain and improve cognitive function. Healthy fatty acids Omega 3 and Omega 6 in Tahini helps in improving brain health as well as cognitive brain functions.
Beetroot hummus toast is also considered a millennial breakfast item, just like avocado toast. I have made this beetroot hummus using soaked and boiled garbanzo beans, boiled beetroot, tahini, parsley, some olive oil, lemon, as well as salt.
Blanching or boiling the beetroot removes the earthy taste of the beetroot, and makes it sweeter. Many people do not like the taste of beetroot due to the earthy taste. You can either blanch it aka add it to boiling water and keep it for 3-5 minutes, or boil it completely by adding it to the boiling water and boiling the beetroot until it is completely cooked. In this recipe, I blanched the beetroot.
In regards to the bread, I love bread and I would travel distances to find good quality bread :). I made this toast on Olive bread from the popular Acme Bread company here in San Francisco. The taste of the bread makes all the difference.
Beetroot Hummus Toast
- 2 slices Bread
- 2 qty Red radishes
- a pinch Salt
- a pinch Black pepper freshly ground
- 1 tablespoon Parsley finely chopped – for garnishing
- 3-4 tablespoons Beetroot hummus as prepared per this recipe
- Soak garbanzo beans overnight or at least for 4 hours. Once soaked, wash it, add salt and 3-4 cups water, boil it until soft. Drain. If using canned garbanzo beans, there is no need to boil. Just drain it out of the can and wash it if you prefer.
- Blanch or boil the beetroot. For blanching, first wash the beetroot really well. Cut into 2-4 pieces. Take about 2-3 cups water in a vessel and bring it to a boil. Add the beetroot and let it boil for 3-5 minutes. Remove from water. For boiling, do the same process as above but boil it until completely cooked. Peel the blanched/boiled beetroot and chop it further in small pieces.
- Add the cooked garbanzo beans, chopped beetroot. tahini, chopped garlic, a pinch of salt, and some water (no more than 1/4 cup). Give it a good whiz in a food processor for about 4-5 minutes. While it is being processed, add lemon juice and a tablespoon of olive oil. Continue to run the food processor until the hummus is nice and smooth unless you like a bit grainy texture, in which case you can shorten this process by a couple of minutes. Remove it in a bowl.
- Add the finely chopped parsley. Mix well. Add a tablespoon of olive oil on top. The beetroot hummus is ready.
Beetroot Hummus Toast:
- Take 2 slices of bread. Lightly toast these.
- Chop 2-3 red radishes in thin roundels.
- Spread 1-2 tablespoons of hummus on each of the toasted bread, top it with radishes, chopped parsley, sprinkle it with some salt and freshly ground black pepper.Enjoy!
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What are some of the health benefits of Beetroot Hummus?
All the main ingredients used in this Beetroot Hummus recipe are superfoods and in addition, beetroot is also considered brain food. Start your morning just right with this powerhouse of spread. In case you want to skip the bread, you can easily eat this with veggies or fruits.
Garbanzo beans or Chickpeas: Garbanzo beans are a potent package of protein, vitamins, and minerals. They are a great source of plant-based protein and fiber, iron, zinc, phosphorus, B vitamins and more.
Beetroot: Beetroots are full of essential vitamins, minerals, and plant compounds. Beetroot is also considered one of the brain foods, it contains nitrates, which helps increase blood flow to the brain and improve cognitive function.
Tahini: Tahini contains vitamin B6, manganese, phosphorus, calcium, zinc, magnesium, iron, + copper. The high calcium, iron + magnesium content makes it a perfect superfood for women’s health. Healthy fatty acids Omega 3 and Omega 6 helps in improving brain health as well as cognitive brain functions.
Parsley: Parsley is packed with nutrients. Among other things, it is rich in vitamin K.
Lemon juice: Lemon juice contains a large number of vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants. It is especially rich in vitamin C.
The above are only some of the benefits of these superfoods. There are a lot more other benefits.
In addition, the Red Radishes used on this toast are also superfoods.
One serving of red radishes provide a third of daily Vitamin C requirements. These are also a natural source of vitamin B6, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and zinc.
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