This month marks the first instalment in a new blog event hosted by Ricki from Diet, Dessert & Dogs and Kim from Affairs of Living.
These fabulous women have both been working hard to improve their health by adhering to specific dietary parameters. As a women with a number of food sensitivities (including animal protein!) I appreciate any effort to highlight how delicious life can be without processed foods, sugars and animal products. That’s the idea behind the SOS kitchen challenge, compile a compendium of amazing recipes starring one ingredient and free of common allergens. You’ll have to check their sites at the end of the month for the full recipe round-up.
I love beets, both roasted and raw. They are packed full of nutrients, touted for their power to reduce our risk of cancer, heart disease and inflammation. Beets are a rich source of fibre, potassium, iron, vitamin C and folate.
Folate is essential for building DNA and amino acids. This function makes folate important during pre-pregnancy and throughout gestation. But folate is fragile, it is easily destroyed by boiling and roasting so eating steamed or raw beets provides a boosts to their benefits.
When I think of beets, Borsht immediately comes to mind. I’ve never had Borscht but the Russians seem to love it. Knowing that I wanted to highlight a raw recipe using beets I decided to create a salad inspired by all the flavours in a traditional Borscht soup.
This is an excellent recipe to exploit the expertise of your food processor. Use the shredding blade to make quick work of all those raw veggies.
Arrange the shredded veggies on a large platter. Blend the dressing ingredients in your blender or food processor until completely smooth. Drizzle generously on the salad.
Ruby Red Salad (p.295).
The recipe calls for shredded carrots and beets with walnuts, cranberries and parsley. You can add any dressing you like – this time I used a Orange-Poppy Seed dressing. This recipe is the perfect launching pad for many creative additions, I suggest adding: fresh berries, apple, orange slices or pomegranate seeds – but obviously I’m into fruit in salad.
What is your favourite way to enjoy beets?
Have you ever had beets in juice or smoothies? Check out Ricki’s beet smoothie recipe for more inspiration.
Do you like adding fruit to your salads or do you prefer to keep it a strictly savoury affair?
I ran 13 km today. My legs were a bit tired from yesterday but they felt fine once I got going. I came home to a bubble bath.
I had to deal with some personal challenges today but I put on my DVD of the Gilmore Girls tonight and all of a sudden everything was right in the world.