Beet Recipes : )

Beet Your Green Salad

Suzy-Cohen-11 small beet (washed, peeled and shredded)

Directions: Put the grated shredded beet on top of your green salad instead of carrots. Or into soups, or a few on top of your scrambled eggs.  Why not? It’s so easy you’ll wonder why you haven’t done this for years!  Keep them shredded and ready in a storage container so you can just use whenever you want them.

Suzy’s Craveable Beet Salad

3 medium sized beets (washed, peeled and chopped into bite-sized cubes)

2 cups fresh spinach leaves

1/4 cup coursely chopped walnuts

1 Tablespoon unheated oil (I use hemp seed or flax seed oil)

1 tablespoon vinegar (Balsamic or Apple Cider)

Sea salt and pepper to taste

Hemp seeds (hulled, you can buy them at any health food store)

Squeeze of lime or lemon

1/4 cup feta cheese (optional)

Directions:  Boil the chopped beets for about 15 – 20 minutes on medium-low heat.  They should be tender to but not squishy.   Toss in the spinach leaves for the last 3 to 5 minutes just to wilt.  Then, drain the water off (or save it for a base in which you can make soup in later).  Combine the cooked beets with all the ingredients and stir.  You can play with this recipe if you like fresh herbs and grow them or buy them.  In my home, we like  to add a few leaves of basil or dill… (or rosemary) whatever is in bloom or in the fridge 🙂

Christmas Slaw (Beet Cole Slaw)

5 or 6 medium sized beets (washed, peeled, shredded and cooked)

1/2 head of cabbage (I use Savoy)

1/4 cup oil (I use hemp seed, grape seed or pumpkin seed oil)

1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

Juice of half a lemon

About 1/2 tablespoon agave or honey (sorry, I never measure… this is to taste)

Grated fresh orange peel (about 1 teaspoon)

Sea salt & pepper to taste

2 Tablespoons Golden Raisins or ‘Craisins’ (optional)

Directions:  Cook the beets and cabbage slightly.  You can boil them for about 15 minutes, that’s easiest. You want them crisp tender, kind of like cole slaw or maybe just a little bit more tender than that. You can roast them too, but this adds more fat to the recipe because roasting requires that you drizzle the veggies with oil.  So I usually boil them for a bit. This works perfectly.  While the beets and cabbage are simmering, add all the other ingredients (except raisins) in a bowl and whisk vigorously or use a blender gently for a minute. Pour the dressing over the beets and mix well.  Add the raisins (or Craisins) if you like added sweetness.

Beet Juice

4 celery sticks

2 zucchini

1 apple

1 beet

1/2 inch ginger (optional)

Directions:  Juice together in your juicer or Vita-Mix. It will not taste as good in a blender because it gets gritty and chunky however some people like that for the fiber effect.  I use a Vita-Mix because I prefer it smooth.  The ginger will give it a lot of spice, so this is optional and recommended for people who have painful arthritis, knee pain or ailments involving the stomach (for which ginger is famous for).  You can adjust the veggies to your palate.