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BEET it dip!

 

Thank you all so much for the positive feed back from the pesto last week, it is always helpful when you can do lots of different things with one recipe! And it's great for me to know what you find helpful. So here is another one for you... This was one of those "what do I have in the cupboard?" recipes that now I use all the time: Beetroot and Walnut dip!

Beetroot is incredibly good for you, it's becoming very popular amongst professional athletes due to it's ability to boost stamina and lower blood pressure. Beets are also a good source of Betaine, a nutrient that helps protect your cells from environmental stress, it is also well known for fighting inflammation. The flavour is rather intense so it's one of those vegetables that people either love or hate. I want to encourage you, if you are not such a big fan... give this a go anyway, see what you think. I've had a few friends who don't normally like beetroot enjoy this dip so maybe you will too, and you can get all the goodness into your body!

The second key ingredient in this week's recipe: Walnuts! I love that Walnuts look like little brains and they are known for their brain boosting qualities! They are a great source of rare and powerful antioxidants, and full of healthy fatty acids and nutrients. They are also quite oily so they blend really nicely, perfect for this recipe.

My thought this week is 'BE BRAVE'. We all have to face things that are difficult in our day to day lives but we have to face them head on, choosing to look through eyes of faith not fear. You can apply that to whatever your situation is. This week I have a whole jar of BEET it dip to get through... and every time I eat it I'm going to remind myself to be brave, to BEAT the challenges! I know it's a little corny but it works for me and I need to encourage myself a lot throughout the day to get through the sides of work that don't come so naturally.

Hope you enjoy it:

 

BEET it Dip
You will need:
1 cup of Walnuts,
2 cooked Beetroots,
2/3 cup Olive oil,
1/2 Clove of Garlic, (do a whole one if you're a garlic person)
1/2 Lemon,
1/4 Sesame seeds,
Small bunch of Parsley.

 

 

Method:
Throw all of the dry ingredients into your blender and ground them into a fine powder-like consistency. 
If you have a strong blender you can just throw everything in at the same time but if not... mix the dry ingredients first. 

 

 

Next add the beets, oil, lemon juice and parsley and mix together until it's all completely combined. Then add a little salt... to your taste, I like a pinch of Himalayan rock salt. 

 

 

This makes a great dip for parties, it's delicious on toast or rye crackers with a little parsley, I even eat it with a spoon as a really easy afternoon snack. It's such a great way to fill your body with vitamins and minerals, plus it's a great savoury alternative for those who normally reach for sweet snacks in the afternoon. This is a great one for those who stay away from sugar all together, even the natural ones. 

 

 

It also perfect for making beautiful, healthy, vegan canapés at parties! And you can get experimental! The colour is so gorgeous, it's easy to make it look special!

 

 

Mix it with some cooked quinoa, spinach and pear and you have a delicious salad! Topped with a few extra walnuts for the texture! 

 

 

Pop the rest in a jar and keep it in the fridge. Now you have a quick, delicious and healthy option for the rest of the week! 

 

Happy Monday xxx
 
   

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