‘Tis the season for fruity cocktails, sunscreen and prawns with avocado. Yes, the Aussie summer is in full-swing which means long lunches, picnics and BBQs are aplenty.
For those who have food hurdles to overcome the joys of entertaining or attending a friend’s do are often squished by embarrassment and starvation. Ensuring there is food you can eat, with out feeling like a royal pain or rude guest, can be a difficult task.
Fortunately today it seems that food vices are no longer as taboo as they once were. My social gatherings are often a spectacular collection of no-nos including vegan, dairy-free, pescetarian, paleo and sugar-free eaters.
The solution? A list of handy summer dishes that are easy to make, fuss-friendly and so delicious that even your normal friends will love them too.
Here’s one to start your collection: Beetroot Hummus
3 tablespoons unhulled tahini
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons ground cumin
½ teaspoon sea salt
What to do:
- Preheat the oven to 200C
- Wrap beetroot in foil and roast in oven for 30-40 minutes or until tender
- Set aside to cool
- When cool enough to handle, peel and roughly chop
- Place beetroot in a food processor with all the other ingredients
- Process till smooth
- Transfer to a bowl
- Adjust seasoning as you see fit
- Serve with some brown rice thins or carrot and celery sticks
Note* this will make a HUGE batch. I recommend dividing the final product in two and keeping some in the fridge for another time.
This recipe is from Pete Evans recent book Healthy Every Day (which is awesome if you’re on the look out for clean, seriously delicious recipe ideas!).