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Beetroot dip recipe

Beetroot dip recipe

You will need the following ingredients:

  • 4 Beetroots
  • Natural Yoghurt
  • Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • ½ Lemon (juiced)
  • 1 tsp Zaatar (1 for sprinkling on top of finished beetroot dip)
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Pepper

Method

  1. Cut the beetroot in half and roast for 45mins at 180C (skin on)
  2. After 45mins take the beetroot from the oven – let them cool and peel the skin off. This can take a little bit of time, but it is definitely worth it for a tasty dip with a smoother consistency.
  3. Add the beetroot, yoghurt, lemon juice, minced garlic, and Zaatar into a food processor and blitz.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. To change consistency of dip – depending on whether you prefer a chunky thicker dip or a smoother thinner dip – add a little less yoghurt or more if needed.

Fun Facts

Beetroots! They are a popular root vegetable which are packed with essential minerals and vitamins – some of which have medicinal properties. They are a great source of fibre, vitamin C, iron, potassium, manganese, and folate.

Manganese plays an important role in a variety of chemical processes in your body; it helps with protein and amino acid digestion and utilization. Basically, helping your body operate at its optimum level!

Beetroots also contain a high percentage of Folate – an extremely important vitamin which aids in the creation of healthy red blood cells which is why it is always recommended during pregnancy.

Let’s talk about the exciting history of beetroot –

Victorians used beetroot as a hair dye, but did you know that it comes in a variety of colours, not just purple? You can find pink, white, yellow, and even stripy beetroot in local grocers and whole food stores. Break away from supermarket life, it’s so much more colourful, and you will be supporting small businesses!

The Romans used beetroot juice as an aphrodisiac and would decorate brothels with images of them. In folklore, it is said that you fall in love after eating from the same beetroot as your partner. If you are not so lucky in love, beetroot may even cure your hangover. It’s high level of antioxidants, specifically betacyanin, speeds up detoxification of alcohol in the liver. Beetroot is also an excellent isotonic, helping your body to rehydrate. Amazing right?!

The addition of the Natural Greek Yoghurt packs this dip with probiotics. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that can help boost your immune system. Garlic is not only tasty but is very nutrient dense – Happy Days!

Beetroots are a widely available root vegetable; they are a cheaper option for a veggie addition to a dish as they normally come in at around 30 – 60p a beetroot. Making them not only tasty, but interesting and cheap too.

 

Side Note:

Don’t forget the leaves! Beetroot was originally domesticated by the ancient Greeks, who grew it exclusively for the leaves. Not only are they pretty, young leaves make a sweet addition to salads, and larger leaves can be treated like spinach. The leaves are actually even more nutritionally valuable than the root, so don’t throw them out.

Author: Jamila & Sophie

The Good Store is an Organic, Plastic Free, Refill Store based in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was Co-Founded by sisters Natasha & Jamila and they are still in their first year of business. The aim of The Good Store is to combat the global plastic pollution problem by providing the people of Edinburgh a place to shop plastic and package free. They offer a click and collect service as well as delivery across Edinburgh. Visit their website www.thegoodstore.scot to find out more.

 

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