I had a revelation of sorts last week. It’s completely unrelated to the delicious recipe I’m sharing today, but I feel compelled to tell you all about it. Can you hang tight with me for a few? I promise to reward with Roasted Beet Hummus for your patience.
On to my revelation… A few months ago, I took a temporary job. I knew it was a risk and that I could end up jobless during the holidays [gulp.]… But I followed my instinct and I’m happy to say I don’t regret it. But here I am, holidays approaching faster than Santa’s sleigh, job searching.
After some pretty sharp rejection, I’ve been hard on myself. Normal feelings, I think. But I got a pretty big boost the other day in the break room at work….
I was chatting with a potential employer, essentially having a phone interview, in the lunchroom at my current office. I knew I didn’t exactly have the experience they were looking for but the job sounded like something I would really love. I ended up having a great conversation with the lady and felt pretty good. But the best was yet to come.
I had been only peripherally aware of the intern sitting in the break room with me during this phone call. When I walked back in an hour later to fill my water bottle, she chimed in through the silence of my deep thoughts.
“I hope this doesn’t sound creepy but I just want to say you killed that interview earlier.”
*looking around behind me* “Who, me??”
“Yeah! Seriously, you were so confident and totally convinced her that you could do that job even though you don’t have the exact experience. I want to learn to be like that. You could get any job you want.”
*still not sure she’s talking to me* “Wow… Thank you…
I was stunned. This girl not only made my day, but left me completely reeling. How could I be feeling so crummy, yet she perceived me as confident, charismatic, and convincing?! It took me until the next day to figure out what I wanted to say to her. And it went a little something like this…
“You made my day yesterday. You single-handedly made me rethink my whole perspective on my current situation. I’ve spent a lot of time doubting myself. But don’t you ever waste your time with that shit. I had to just step up and tell that lady I was great even though I’m not sure it’s true. Don’t doubt yourself, girl, you can be like that.”
Takeaway. Even if you pretend to change your attitude, people will notice. Negativity and self-doubt are toxic and people can sense that. By exuding positivity and confidence and poise (even if you don’t believe it yet), you can change peoples’ perspective of you. And who knows, maybe that person will speak up and change your perspective on yourself too. Like my brilliant mother always said, “fake it ‘til you make it!”
Was that boring? I hope not! But either way, here’s a delicious appetizer perfect for any holiday party. It’s festive, flavorful, and can be made ahead! Making your own hummus may seem like a lot of work, but throwing everything into the processor couldn’t be easier! I brought this to a party with some crudité and it was a hit!
Make Roasted Beet Hummus for your next holiday gathering and always remember, life’s too short to spend one second doubting yourself!
Roasted Beet Hummus' vibrant color and flavor make a perfect holiday appetizer! Who knew adding veggies to hummus could be such a hit?!
- 1 small bunch of beets, tops removed & scrubbed clean
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed & drained
- ¼ cup tahini
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
- 2 Tbs. za’atar spice blend (or sub your favorite spices)
- 1 tsp. each, salt & pepper
- Preheat oven to 400F. Rub the beets with a drizzle of oil and salt & pepper, then wrap groups of 2 or 3 in foil. Cook for 50-60 minutes, until fully softened.
- Remove beets from oven and allow to cool until they can be handled. Use fingers to peel beets, the skin should slip right off, and add too food processor.
- Add remaining ingredients to processor and blend until smooth, scraping sides as necessary. For a slightly thinner consistency, add water 1 tablespoon at a time. Chill and enjoy!