Beets and Mint Pesto

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beets!

Healing properties of beets

Beets belong to the same family as chard and spinach.  Yes, the greens are edible! They are rich in calcium, iron and vitamins A and C.

The root of the beet is also an excellent source of folic acid and very good source of fiber, manganese, potassium, iron and vitamin B6. Beets are known to stimulate the liver’s detoxification process. The fiber content in beets actually increases the level of antioxidant enzymes and increasing the number of white blood cells that detect abnormal cells. Therefore beets also contain a lot of anti-cancer agents.

When selecting which beets to buy, look for the greens to be intact and fresh-looking. The beetroot should be firm, smooth and vibrant.  When preparing beets, wash them gently under cold water first. Typically beets are prepared by steaming or boiling them. Do not peel the beet until they are fully cooked to contain their healing properties. Raw beets roots are delicious in salads, add the greens of the beet in place of lettuce, some carrot and avocado and eat up!  Here are a few other yummy beet recipes.

Beet Salad

 

2 table spoons dijon mustard

3 tablespoons white wine vinegar

2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

coarse sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 pound steamed or roasted beets, peeled and roughly diced

1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced

3 scallions, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced

 

whisk together the mustard, vinegar, and olive oil in a large bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the beets to the dressing and gently stir to combine. Transfer the beets to a serving platter and scatter the avocado and the scallions over the top.

 

Try adding a chicken breast on the side for lunch 🙂

 

Scallion and Mint Pesto (this is my favorite) YUM!

 

1/2 cup toasted almonds

2 small garlic cloves, minced

A dozen scallions, white and light greens parts only, roughly chopped

1/3 cup mint leaves

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt

 

Puree everything in a powerful blender until smooth. Enjoy over Steamed or roasted beats!

 

 

 

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