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How To Love Your Beets, by GreenChef Aria Alpert
Posted By V Ol Blak On November 19, 2012 @ 12:20 am In Full Recipe List,GreenChef Videos,GreenChefs Videos / Food Show,Recipes / Soups & Salads | 3 Comments
Flesh Monkies prepare yourself for what I am about to tell you. This is V Blak by the way. I know you and I don’t feel this way, we are freaking Monkies after all, but the truth is, sadly most people, HATE, I mean really hate Beets. Even our hip youngish first lady, Michelle Obama has something against these red bloody beauties. She told Ladies Home Journal “Neither the president nor I have the beet gene”. What does that mean? You have to have a gene to like one of the best veggies on the planet? I am taking a wild guess here, but I bet they had that all to common first taste beet experience, you know the one, the dreaded dirt taste.
Yes dirt, come on, lets admit it, beets are very very earthy and if you are a clueless fleshy, like I was, you just don’t know how to properly bring out the lushes side of beets. The result can have them coming out tasting like the backend of a dog. Okay not that bad and no I haven’t tasted a backend of a dog, and anyways I think that taste is exclusively reserved for Durians.
“Neither the president nor I have the beet gene”.
My own first experience with beets almost completely turned me off them forever. I was just beginning to juice and I tossed in way too many beets, greens and all and the result, I could barely keep from tossing the thing back up. I thought I was going to be sick. I just completely over did it. I may have also added garlic to that juice. I think I was sick or something. My point is, it was just too many beets and too little of the sweet stuff. Life is about balance and sometimes I just completely forget that. Oh well, lucky for me, I have an experienced beet lover close at hand now days and she has completely turned me around. I’ll admit it, her beautiful smile and her contagious laugh might have opened me up to giving the beet a second chance, but in the end it was her Beet dish which closed the deal. And maybe if your unfortunately in the hater camp, she can do the same for you. I present to you, GreenChef Aria Alpert and her love love love for the dirty little Beet.
Aria and I whipped up a short GreenChef video just for you, about you guessed it, the Beet. Sit back, click play and enjoy the first GreenChef video from the new G Living Pad in Palm Desert and afterwards, jump down to the comment section and tell everyone why you love or hate beets. And if your in the love category, spill the beans and maybe even share your beet recipe / story. We would love that…. Recipes and photos after the jump.
For the Roasted Beet Salad
6 small golden beets, scrubbed, tops off, halved
6 small red or candy striped beets, scrubbed, tops off, halved
2 TB olive oil
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
½ tsp celtic sea salt
dash cayenne pepper
Instructions Roasted Beets:
Oven 425. Mix beets with oil, salt, Cayenne Pepper and the fresh Thyme leaves. Spread on parchment paper lined baking sheet and roast for about 45 minutes but check the beets after about 25 minutes to mix them up so they will roast evenly. Roast until tender when pierced with a knife.
For the Dressing
4 TB olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
juice of 1 orange (use blood orange if in season)
1 1/2 TB raw apple cider vinegar
1 TB of agave
1 TB fresh thyme leaves
1 TB marjoram, chopped
1 TB mint leaves, chopped
1 tsp celtic sea salt
fresh ground black pepper
Whisk together. Toss with warm beets and greens. Optional ideas for salad ingredients: Avocado, sprouted pumpkin seeds, or some kind of cheese.
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