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Old September 4th, 2009, 10:19 AM
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Healthy garbanzo & beet spread

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.
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Old September 19th, 2009, 04:11 PM
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sounds great AG...i have some extra nori from last time i made sushi...i think ill give it a try
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Old September 19th, 2009, 04:15 PM
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Mmmmm....ok I know what I am buying this week
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Old September 19th, 2009, 04:49 PM
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I hope you guys like it. It's really yummy on some crusty bread.
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Old September 19th, 2009, 04:51 PM
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Aww AG,it sounds just awfulbut if you like it and it's healthy,good for you
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Old September 19th, 2009, 06:34 PM
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Aww AG,it sounds just awfulbut if you like it and it's healthy,good for you
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.
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Old September 19th, 2009, 06:40 PM
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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
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Old September 19th, 2009, 06:41 PM
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I love beets! I will give it a try Where do we send the Michelin star?
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Old September 19th, 2009, 06:54 PM
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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.
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Old September 19th, 2009, 07:29 PM
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I often crave beets and tuna like mad, so this will be sooo good to eat
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A-G,it's not the beets,I like beets and Chick-peas,it's the see-weed I have a problem with
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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... She's not fussy...just stubborn!
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Old September 20th, 2009, 05:47 PM
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A-G,it's not the beets,I like beets and Chick-peas,it's the see-weed I have a problem with
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.
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This is VERY easy to make.

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



the important thing is that YOU like it
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I often crave beets and tuna like mad,
Really ? I think it's time for a pregnancy test
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Old September 20th, 2009, 06:26 PM
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wait..do most people not like beets?????

how??!?

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

the only thing im unsure bout here is the nori sushi was an aquired taste for me.
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wait..do most people not like beets?????

how??!?

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

the only thing im unsure bout here is the nori 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.
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