Nothing ‘beets’ this quick and easy summer supper!

July 9, 2009 at 8:47 am 2 comments


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DSCF0755It has been a slow start to this year’s summer gardening.  The cool spring has made the veggies arrive a little later than usual. My local Farmer’s Market has seemed bare, but is getting more fruit and vegetables each week.  This week at my local green grocer I picked up some Ontario Golden Beets.  I really like beets because they are full of fibre and are a source of folic acid, potassium, manganese vitamin C and iron.  The greens are also really good because they are full of vitamins A & C, calcium and iron.  They can be cooked as you would serve spinach, kale or swiss chard.  Both are great tonics for your liver and the bright colours indicate cancer-fighting agents.  I like Golden Beets because they don’t stain, like the reddish-purple ones.

You can introduce beets to your baby at 10 months.  They contain a lot of natural nitrites that cannot be processed by the liver of a young baby.  At 10 months get your baby to try beets by steaming and mashing them.

Personally I like to eat beets raw, just because it is easier!  I give them a really good scrub with my vegetable scrubber and run them through the grating blade of my food processor.  I add the grated beets to salads.

The other night we had a quick and easy summer meal. We bought a roasted chicken from the supermarket, my husband toasted up some garlic bread and I threw together this quick Beet & Greens salad.  What could be a better family meal?   Our little guy liked the grated beets, because they are easy to pick up.  Veggie finger food!

This recipe was inspired by a recipe I found at http://www.sippitysup.com/beetssaladwithgreensblog.  You could use Golden Beets or the more popular red beets.

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Beet & Greens Salad

  • 1 bunch of beets, greens and beets separated
  • ½ red pepper, sliced thin
  • 1/4 English Cucumber, sliced in small strips
  • 3 + ½ T olive oil
  • 1 T water
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped fine
  • Paprika (1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp)
  • Cumin (1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp)
  • Oregano (1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp)
  • Juice of 1 small lemon (approx 3 to 4 Tbsp)
  • Salt & Pepper

Preparing the beets remove the greens and submerse them in a salad spinner full of cold water, swirl them in the water.  Once the water is still remove the colander part and drain the water.  Repeat  – this is the best way to get any greens free of dirt and grit.  Once the leaves are clean, spin them dry.  Pile the leaves and slice them thin.  Scrub the beets with a vegetable scrubber and cut off the tops.  Peel the beets (optional) and put the beets through the grater blade of your food processor (or grate them by hand).

The Salad – In a saucepan heat the ½ Tbsp of olive oil over medium heat.  Add the garlic, ½ tsp paprika, ½ tsp cumin and ½ tsp oregano. Heat for 3 minutes until the garlic starts to get soft.  Increase the heat to high and add the water.  Once the water starts to sizzle, add the beet greens.  Stir to coat the greens with the seasoning.  Put a lid on the saucepan, turn off the element and let the greens sit & become limp and dark green.

Once the greens aDSCF0766re soft, put them in a bowl.  Put the grated beets on top, then the thinly sliced peppers and the thinly sliced cucumber.  In a small bowl combine the lemon juice, ½ tsp paprika, ½ tsp cumin, ½ tsp oregano, 3 Tbsp olive oil.  Combine and pour over the salad.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve!  You could also add nuts, feta cheese, and any other vegetable

This got 4 out of 5 on the husband rating scale (4 = Yes, I could eat this again next week)

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Grace Graci  |  August 24, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Laurie
    HI ! Thanks for the great workshop! I wondered if Scottish Oatmeal is the same as steel cut oats? which is the best to buy at the grocery store? Too, I buy my grains for a company called Bob’s Red Mill. The quonia gets pricey…do you buy another brand or that one? What about Bulk Barn bulk grains?

    Thanks,
    Grace

    Reply
    • 2. lkmnut  |  August 25, 2009 at 2:50 pm

      Hi Grace,

      I am glad that you enjoyed the workshop! I had fun too – you have a great group of moms in Bolton! I sent you a response, but thought I would reply to your question here because it is a good one…
      When first introducing a grains to a child, I use packaged products. This is because there is less chance of contamination. In a bulk store different foods can get mixed up in the bins accidentally. Once your child is comfortable with the food and older (i.e over 10 months), go ahead and buy it in bulk! By then your child will be able to handle anything, because in all honesty the contamination risk is slim. LkM

      Reply

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