1) I like to add water to hummus. This gives it a nice fluffy consistency. Feel free to use less water/ more olive oil to suit your liking. 2) If you do not have a way to steam beets, you may also boil them in water. You will lose more nutrients as well as color but the taste should still be there. 3) You can also buy ready-to-use peeled and steamed beets at some grocery stores like Trader Joe's in the refrigerated produce section. I don't recommend using canned beets.