The theme for the dishes today at my Engine 2 gathering in Northeast PA seemed to be beets! My daughter’s fiancee brought me some ginormous beets from his grandfather’s garden and since I LOVE beets, I knew I had to find a way to use them for today’s meal.
The beets looked pretty gnarly before I boiled and peeled them, but here is the after picture.
I found my inspiration for these lovely plants in the “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease cookbook.” The first dish I made was the Endothelium enhancing beet soup. I have never had a cold soup before that I liked, but this was so lovely and refreshing, and beautiful, too. I was also relieved that it was very simple to make. I used my immersion blender instead of the regular blender which made clean up a snap.
I still had several beets and the gorgeous beet greens, so my next beet dish was Beet burgers, also from the PRHD cookbook. My daughter and I decided the batter from these burgers was fabulous before we even heated them up. I tried making them in a nonstick pan as the recipe suggested but they were sticking and taking too long to heat through. So I put them on a silicone mat on a cookie tray and put them in the oven at 375 and cooked them until they started to brown and then flipped them. My husband broiled some pineapple rings while I took a shower and my daughter suggested we use romaine leaves for buns since I didn’t buy any buns and they were great this way! I just put some whole grain dijon mustard on mine. I got too busy once everyone started arriving and forgot to snap a pic of the burgers but they were a rich red color and were very tasty.
It has been fun to try old foods in new ways. Up until recently I had never eaten beets unless they were pickled! I still love those, too. I just slice them and put them in a container in the fridge with red wine vinegar, et voila, pickled beets! As one of the members of our local Engine 2 group, Virginia, said at our first meet up this Fall, I love shopping for my food, chopping the vegetables, cooking the food, and eating it! It’s so cool how changing your way of eating is so life altering and it really is a total experience. It’s not just about sitting down at the table and eating quickly so you can go watch your favorite TV show. She said it so eloquently and it really made me smile inside to hear that experiencing and appreciating one’s food isn’t just something that I enjoy!