All posts filed under: Beans

Vegan MoFo: Beet Hummus

I have a thing for beets. There’s just something exciting about the possibility of turning your recipe completely fuschia. The earthy taste is intriguing, too. For today’s Vegan MoFo post, I have incorporated these staining beauties to work their magic in the vegan staple, hummus. The prompt is: “Lunch on the go.” This hummus is inspired by Trader Joe’s all-too-addicting beet hummus (of which I may or may not have eaten the entire container in 2 days…). It is creamy from the tahini and white beans, earthy from the beets, and zingy and sweet from the balsamic vinegar. It’s pure heaven is what it is. I imagine you could make a mighty fine hummus sandwich with this beet hummus, some sprouts, shredded carrots, and sliced cucumber. Or you can just take a small (large?) container of this and bring along your favorite dip-worthy veggies. Or you can fix a salad and put a hearty dollop of this in the center for some staying power. Hummus invites so many quick lunch ideas. Beet Hummus Ingredients 1 …

How to Make Homemade Beans

As a vegetarian for nearly 10 years (wait- whaaaa?!), I have been through protein “phases”. When I first started out, I had no clue whatsoever about nutrition, and definitely knew nothing about healthful vegetarian protein sources. A child of the processed-foods ’90s, in my early veg days, I would arrive home from school, make a bag or box of noodles with a powdered sauce (Fettucine Alfredo Pasta Roni, anyone?), and proceed to eat the entire pot. Okay, I was in eighth grade, so let’s take that into context, but still. I went on like this for a year or so, consuming plentiful processed foods, while in the meantime, slowly learning to cook my own food. My mother told me, as soon as I became vegetarian, that she would not be cooking separate meals for me. Hence, I needed to learn how to cook. Honestly, I was not upset about this necessity. I had always done a fair share of baking, and I enjoyed sitting at the counter, watching my mom make her famous marinara sauce …