Yesterday (Sun Aug 30th), Aunty Oxidant presented the gorgeous, delicious super-food, BEETS, in 3 different dishes: raw in salad, roasted, and in a chocolate cake! (see Recipes.)
Charming volunteers, all under age 9, once again showed their prowess with kids’ scissors, handily snipping:
- raw beet slices (red, golden & white)
- beet greens (leaves)
- red onion slices
- whole roasted small beets into quarters
- mint leaves off stems
They tossed all these ingredients with an orange-mint vinaigrette I had made. Result was a stunningly attractive gourmet salad that everybody enjoyed, even the kids. “Really good! beet greens taste like…grass (in a good way),” said Ellie.
Raw beets taste much like raw carrots, are sweeter and slightly less crunchy/dense. The kids ate them with no hesitation. And, Beets have more nutrients than Carrots!! (See next post for nutritional comparison.)
My volunteers also helped serve samples of the roasted beets and 2 kinds of chocolate beet cake, besides their salad creation. Btw, a small plate of this salad would cost you $8+ at a nice restaurant, $10+ with goat cheese.
If your only experience with beets has been with the canned version, my condolences. Those canned flavorless watery cubes are NOTHING like the honeyed pleasure of freshly roasted or steamed beets, especially with a little olive oil/butter and salt. Please erase that trauma from your memory and try these recipes. You will not be sorry.
Hey Aunty Oxidant – Dinner tonight was inspired by you! Roasted beets/new potatoes/summer squash kabobs and fresh beet green/beets salad — among other things! All these ingredients were purchased at the farmer’s market. It was great to see you today! Thanks! ~ Sharon R.
Many thanks to volunteers Ellie, Owen, Kashi, Miles & big brother Henry, Tony, John, and the ‘free radical’ boys with the balloon ‘swords’ who attacked a poor defenseless antioxidant-less volunteer with great gusto (per my instruction).