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Easy Beet Hummus (Gluten Free, Vegan) + Friday Catch Up


This Easy Beet Hummus will knock. your. socks. off. Seriously. Would I lie to you? NEVER. Plus, don’t miss this edition of the Friday Catch Up, which talks about paying to run on a treadmill, visits from friends and family, and other nonsense!

As always, we start with Posts You Might Have Missed this week:

And now for life things that you may or may not have been privy to!

Friday Catch Up:

1) Runner’s High Studio

Guess who dabbled in speed work this week! I found out about Runner’s High Studio, a new treadmill group fitness studio in Lincoln Park/Old Town, from Erica, and when they reached out to invite me to a class (the first class is free regardless, so I could have tried it out regardless), I decided to go out on a conservative limb and try out a class. I spoke with my contact about which class would be best for preggo me, and after finding out my activity level + the fact that I was not looking to do any hills (there is a class dedicated to hills, which would have been great for me if I had been walking), she suggested the Weekend Getaway (a back to basics class of distance and speed intervals).

So I took the bus down to the studio Wednesday morning and saddled up to my treadmill and off we went! The 44 minutes FLEW by thanks to awesome music, the video of amazing scenery, and the ever changing intervals. I didn’t push super crazy hard because I haven’t done speedwork in…. next question… and being pregnant, I didn’t want to overdo it. But the class was fantastic, the studio is gorgeous, and the instructor was super motivating. I loved that the workout was preprogrammed into the treadmill so you just went (you could always adjust speed if you needed to). 

The Interior of the class/studio room.

Spoiler alert–I rocked it! I could actually feel myself running with better and better form with each interval!

Hate the treadmill? #runnershighstudio will change your mind! #runchat #runchi Click To Tweet

I would totally go back! When I am ready to do speedwork or am feeling spunky, Runner’s High Studio would be a great way to get it done.

2) 9 Year Dating Anniversary

Wednesday was also Alex’s and my dating anniversary! We have been together for 9 years, and I dug up our first picture together to commemorate the occasion (a day late on IG, lol). We both laughed when we realized that in both pictures he is in black and I am in blue. Some things never change!

He is my past, present, and future, and I can’t way to celebrate so many more years together.


Wednesday’s awesomeness just continued to compound when I got a clean bill of health from the dentist, but most importantly, Alex and I shared the evening and dinner at Tarascas with one of my best friends, Courtney, who was visiting for her job. I, of course, ate too many chips, Alex got his margarita on, and a great time was had by all. Even Ridley was awesome and sweet and didn’t get all territorial, like she has been doing recently. 

Today, we are getting a dose of ALL the friends–Courtney is flying to Denver and… surprise! She is on our plane! So we get to spend more time with her all the way to Denver, where we will get to hang out with anoterh of my best friends before meeting up with a ton of Alex’s (and now my) oldest friends for another friend’s wedding! FRIENDS FRIENDS FRIENDS SO MANY FRIENDS

I get to see nearly all of these people in one day!!!

4) OB appointment

We had our 17 week OB appointment (usually 16 weeks, but we were a little off with scheduling), and Alex was finally able to be there for the full check up appointment. It was quick and easy and every sounded good to go, so we left super happy. The weather was so gorgeous, and we were in such a good mood with nowhere to go (and Ridley already at boarding for the weekend) that we decided to walk home. Although originally, we had though we would get Froyo on the way home, we rejigged our plans and instead got dinner insanely early.

Ladies and gents, I present to you the world’s best fried pickles. Oh. My. Goodness. 

And Filet Mignon Sliders and Fries. 

With an Alex photobomb

Life is good. I am thankful and grateful and so full right now! What a great week!

5) Recipe Time!

Easy Beet Hummus (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Another great CSA recipe idea! We got some truly beautiful beets with our CSA box last month, but there was just no way, with my unpredictable schedule and unpredictable food urges, that I could eat them all in the traditional sense. So, with Alex on his big hummus kick, I thought I would try to recreate one of my favorite hummus dips, the Trader Joe’s Beet Hummus!

This insanely easy Beet Hummus recipe is gluten free, vegan, and guaranteed to make you look like a rockstar in the kitchen for minimal effort! @suzlyfe

This beet hummus is without a doubt one of the EASIEST possible ways to look fancy without being fancy AT ALL. Seriously. Look like a rockstar with minimal effort. I used two beets because they were on the smaller side and also I just wanted more beet flavor, but you can easily make this with just one. Looking for a less powerful beet taste? Try using golden beets instead of red beets. You won’t get the same intense color, but you also won’t get the same intense beet flavor. 

Want to up the beet flavor even more? Try adding beet juice! I’ve seen those beet juice shots around, I’m sure you could add those! In fact, this beet hummus recipe would be an EXCELLENT workout recovery recipe as well as a fun spread for sandwiches or flatbreads or dip for veggies or pita (or whatever else your little heart desires.

This insanely easy Beet Hummus recipe is gluten free, vegan, and guaranteed to make you look like a rockstar in the kitchen for minimal effort! @suzlyfe

So what are you waiting for? Make this easy beet hummus RIGHT MEOW NOW.

Easy Beet Hummus (Gluten Free, Vegan)

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This insanely easy Beet Hummus recipe is gluten free, vegan, and guaranteed to make you look like a rockstar in the kitchen for minimal effort!

You'll Need...

  • 1 medium beet (or 2 small beets), raw and cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) garbanzo beans aka chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp gluten free grainy mustard
  • 2 tsp tahini or vegan, gluten free garlic tahini dressing
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • a few grinds of fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup of water (as needed)
  • Olive oil (as desired)
  • Optional:
  • Fresh herbs like dill and parsley


  1. Combine all ingredients except for water, olive oil, and fresh herbs in food processor and process as much as possible. Then add liquids to get hummus to desired consistency. When at desired consistency, add fresh herbs and process another 30 seconds.
  2. Serve and transfer remainder to airtight container.
Delicious, beautiful, and easy: this Beet Hummus recipe is almost too perfect! #glutenfree #vegan Click To Tweet

Want other great hummus recipes? Try these:

We are off to the wedding (I hope my dress fits. I haven’t tried it on and nothing else fits me) and to see so many of our favorite people!

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Anything exciting happening this weekend?

When was the last time that you were surrounded by the people that went to/were in your wedding?

Linking up with Foodie Friday (Farrah, Annmarie, Esther), Friday Five 2.0, Meatless Monday (Sarah and Deborah) and another Meatless Monday (Annmarie and Dixya),

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