This week a friend contacted me and asked for some advice. She had never grown beets, or cooked with them before, and her garden was producing a beautiful crop of plump beets. After directing her to the various recipes on my blog, I decided it may be a sound idea to curate some collections of recipes that feature various vegetables and herbs.
So today I offer the first in a serious of posts. This one featuring the glorious beet.
Click Here -> Old Fashioned Sweet Pickled Beets
While beets are an acquired taste, many people who do not enjoy beets as a side vegetables seem to like them pickled. Many people that I have talked to reminisce fondly about a grandmother who was known for her pickled beets.
For this recipe I combined fragrant and rosy peaches with earthy and sweet roasted beets, plump and tart raspberries, crunchy and buttery pistachios, and creamy goat cheese and gorgonzola. The dressing honors my Scandinavian roots with the addition of tangy dill (beets and dill are a wonderful flavor combination). I think that I achieved my goal, but you will have to try it and see for yourself.
I always try to find new ways to add sides to meals beyond the standard rice and potato dishes. While I try to reduce my carb intake, I also want to make sure that I am eating a wide range of foods. So if I am going to add starchy carbs to my plate, I want them to pack a nutritional punch.
Click Here -> SAUTEED SWISS CHARD WITH SMOKED SALMON, POMEGRANATE, & ROSEMARY INFUSED GOAT CHEESE (& Pickled Beets)
The goat cheese and fresh rosemary is such a suitable combination. I recently made roasted root vegetables with fresh rosemary and my step son Lukas was enamoured with the taste, smell, and texture of the rosemary. He thought they were like pine needles – and it reminded me why I love the aroma of rosemary so much.
Beets are one of those vegetables that people seem to either love or hate. I grew up adoring my mom’s pickled beets and as I grew older I enjoyed roasted beets as a side or in a salad. While it is an acquired taste (my husband did not enjoy this recipe and he does like beets). I thought that I would share a recipe for you that uses this root vegetables as a main ingredient. This dish would be a perfect starter course for a romantic Valentine dinner. Afterall, beets are earthy, sensual, and when roasted take on a sweet taste and luscious texture. The color of this pureed soup is exquisite and begs to be ladled into a pretty bowl with a backdrop of glowing candles and soft music. Corny? Perhaps. However, trust me, if soup can be sexy – this one is! If only my husband John would agree.
Click Here -> Scarlet Salads in a Jar with Cherry Chipotle Vinaigrette
I really wanted to incorporate beets into my salads but wanted them raw instead of roasted so I took out my spiralizer and within minutes had vibrant red curls to add to my salad. They made a fresh addition and I loved the flavor they impart.
Preparing beets can be a bit messy but in my opinion their sweet flavor and silky texture makes them worth the mess. I LOVE the combination of beets and dill so I knew this salad would be a taste pleaser.
I hope you find this collection of beet recipes helpful. Make sure you save the tops of your beets too. Since they contain a lot of nutrients, I wash the greens and freeze for green smoothies. The greens are also wonderful tossed into soup or sauteed with garlic and olive oil and served as a side.
Make sure you check out all my other recipes. The tabs at the top of the page have them organized by category and you can also use the search bar at the side of page. Make sure to follow me on Facebook and let me know if you have tried any of my recipes.