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The Summer Beet

31 Aug


Once again I am writing about doing something I’ve never done in the kitchen before, roast beets. I just love beets, that earthy sweet flavor that is packed with goodness. Beets are something that I order when I eat out but have never made them at home. I saw them at the farmer’s market and decided I would give it whirl.IMG_6370

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Cut off greens and the little pointy tip off the beets, scrub well. Coat lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt. Place beets on baking sheet and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Place in the oven for 1 hour. To test for doneness a fork should pierce it smoothly, if not cook for another 15 minutes or so, it should not take more than 1 1/2 hours.

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Remove top cover of aluminum foil and let cool. When cool enough to handle you can peel the skin right off. It is a bit messy so you may want to use rubber gloves.  The beets are now ready to use!

I decided to make a salad with mine that I served with chicken breast, absolutely delicious, low-fat, low-carb and nutritious.

3 medium beets, chopped

4 cups baby spinach

1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

1 Tbs minced red onion

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 Tbs white wine vinegar

1 Tbs honey

1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

Place spinach and beets in a large bowl. Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey and red onions. Pour over spinach and beets, toss to combine. Top with goat cheese. And enjoy!

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Winter Salad: Pears, Pomegranates & Spinach

2 Dec

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean we have to stop eating salad, especially when pomegranates are in season. Pomegranates can add a clean, sweet burst of flavor and are super healthy. I love this salad and it’s a great one to serve at a dinner party.

Now, I like to make the dressing first so that it’s ready when the salad is done and ready to be dressed. I also like my salad not to be too cold, I take the ingredients out a bit before so that they “warm” up.

Winter Salad Goodness!

Winter Salad Goodness!

Dressing:

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

3 Tblsp extra virgin olive oil

1 1/2 Tblsp honey

1 tsp dijon mustard

salt & pepper to taste

Whisk all ingredients in a bowl and blend well.

Salad:

9 oz. baby spinach

2 bartlett pears (firm but ripe, cored, sliced)

3 oz feta cheese, crumbled

3/4 cup pomegranate arils

*2/3 cup chopped, toasted pecans if you like nuts in your food

Place all salad ingredients in a large salad bowl, drizzle with dressing and toss to coat evenly. Serve and enjoy!

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