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Healthy garbanzo & beet spread

ancientgirl
September 4th, 2009, 10:19 AM
This is VERY easy to make.

Ingredients

13oz can Garbanzo beans (chick peas) - drained
5.5 oz can beets - drained
1/4 cup Nori (any kind of seaweed)
less than 1/4 cup of part skim ricotta cheese
1 tbsp lite Caesar dressing.

Toast the seaweed for about 6-7 minutes in a 350 oven. Don't toast too long or it will be bitter. When crispy, take out and crush.

In a food processor pulse the garbanzo's and beets. When they are mixed but still chunky, take out half of the mix and put in a bowl. To the mix still in the processor add the seaweed, dressing and ricotta cheese and blend until smooth.

Add the smooth to the chunky mix in the bowl. I do this to give it a little texture.

The seaweed is salty, so you don't need to add extra salt. You can substitute the seaweed with a can of tuna. I used to make it with tuna, but since going veg, I don't eat fish, and the seaweed gives this a bit of a fishy flavor I like.

This is really easy to make, not expensive. The most expensive ingredient for me was the seaweed, and I was able to purchase a small bag at Whole Foods for $3.99. I got the cheapest bag.

I spread this on tortillas, crackers and toasted bread. I'm even thinking I can make appetizers with these by putting them in little puff pastry shells. :D

onster
September 19th, 2009, 04:11 PM
sounds great AG...i have some extra nori from last time i made sushi...i think ill give it a try :thumbs up

TwinTails
September 19th, 2009, 04:15 PM
Mmmmm....ok I know what I am buying this week :D

ancientgirl
September 19th, 2009, 04:49 PM
I hope you guys like it. It's really yummy on some crusty bread.

chico2
September 19th, 2009, 04:51 PM
Aww AG,it sounds just awful:laughing:but if you like it and it's healthy,good for you:thumbs up

ancientgirl
September 19th, 2009, 06:34 PM
Aww AG,it sounds just awful:laughing:but if you like it and it's healthy,good for you:thumbs up

:laughing:Yeah, I know the beets might be a little icky for some. But, you can always substitute them with something else, or leave them out all together.

TwinTails
September 19th, 2009, 06:40 PM
You could use spinach instead of beets (if you don't like them, lol). I'm already thinking of what else I could put into it ;)

Macomom
September 19th, 2009, 06:41 PM
I love beets! I will give it a try :) Where do we send the Michelin star?

ancientgirl
September 19th, 2009, 06:54 PM
Yes, you can experiment with the veggies. I love beets so I've never had a need to find a substitute. The tuna gives it a really yummy flavor, but I now use the seaweed because it's the only substitute I could find that would give me that fishy flavor.

And that star can come on down to Miami, F. L. A. :D

TwinTails
September 19th, 2009, 07:29 PM
I often crave beets and tuna like mad, so this will be sooo good to eat :D

chico2
September 20th, 2009, 04:39 PM
A-G,it's not the beets,I like beets and Chick-peas,it's the see-weed I have a problem with:laughing:

hazelrunpack
September 20th, 2009, 04:59 PM
hazel loves beets and the ricotta cheese would be okay...but madame hazel wouldn't allow the rest of the recipe to cross our lips... :o :laughing: She's not fussy...just stubborn! :rolleyes:

ancientgirl
September 20th, 2009, 05:47 PM
A-G,it's not the beets,I like beets and Chick-peas,it's the see-weed I have a problem with:laughing:

OH! You can leave it out totally, or you can add tuna. The first time I had it, it was just beets, chick peas and tuna. My adaptation is just trying to find a totally veg alternative.:D

Frenchy
September 20th, 2009, 06:24 PM
This is VERY easy to make.



Maybe .... but I wouldn't want to :yuck:

:laughing:

the important thing is that YOU like it :thumbs up
I often crave beets and tuna like mad,

Really ? I think it's time for a pregnancy test :D

onster
September 20th, 2009, 06:26 PM
wait..do most people not like beets?????

how??!?

beets are amazing!!!! I never tried them out of a can...but mmmmm beeeeets :D

the only thing im unsure bout here is the nori :p sushi was an aquired taste for me.

TwinTails
September 20th, 2009, 06:28 PM
Really ? I think it's time for a pregnancy test :D

ROFLMAO! :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:

ancientgirl
September 20th, 2009, 06:40 PM
wait..do most people not like beets?????

how??!?

beets are amazing!!!! I never tried them out of a can...but mmmmm beeeeets :D

the only thing im unsure bout here is the nori :p sushi was an aquired taste for me.

It's best made with tuna, but the nori is the only way I can give it that fishy taste I like.