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Late Summer Salad – Roasted Beets over Kale Salad

September 9, 2017
Roasted Beet and Kale Salad

Beets

 

This colorful roasted beet kale salad is loaded with nutritious powerhouses, kale, tomatoes and roasted beets. It’s the perfect late summer salad since the vitamin, mineral and antioxidant content found in tomatoes, beets and kale can help to repair and promote healthy skin!

 

BEETS:

High in the potent antioxidant betalainin, which gives beets their dark red hue. Research shows that betalainin may reduce the risk for skin cancer. Beets are also high in vitamins A, C, folate and niacin and minerals like iron, potassium, calcium, and manganese. Consuming beets helps to keep skin hydrated, resulting in more youthful looking skin.

 

TOMATOES:

Famous for containing lycopene, this antioxidant helps to reduce skin roughness, prevent sunburns and slow down cellular damage. Tomatoes also contain and abundant amount of vitamins A and C.

 

KALE:

It’s been crowned the “queen of greens” and rightly so because of it’s richness in vitamins. 1 serving of kale contains 100 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamins C and A, which help to prevent skin diseases and repair the tissue beneath the skin. It also contains the antioxidant kaempferol, which is therapeutic to skin burns.

Beets and Kale
Roasted Beets

Roasted Beets Kale Salad

Roasted Beets Over Kale

 

Roasted beets

  • 4 small or 2 medium beets, trimmed and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper to taste

 

Method

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Toss the beets in the olive oil and balsamic, fan out on a baking sheet, and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
  • Roast for 25 minutes. Use a spatula to remove the beets from the baking sheet.

 

Kale salad

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 4 cups lacinato kale, cut into thin ribbons
  • 3 Sweet plums, quartered and pitted – we used black plums and pluots
  • 1-2 hot house tomatoes sliced or 1 cup of cherry tomatoes halved

Method

  • Whisk the vinegar and sea salt into the olive oil
  • Drizzle about half the mixture over the kale leaves.
  • Use your fingers to massage the dressing into the kale. (this is important to soften the kale)
  • Toss in the roasted beets, plums, and tomatoes, and finish with another drizzle of dressing.

makes about 2 servings as a main dish or 4 side dishes

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Food & Drink Friday Recipe

Recipe Friday – Velvet Green Smoothie with Beets

January 28, 2017
Velvet Green Smoothie

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While growing up, my mom always told me that eating beets would make my cheeks rosy. I would eat a bunch of beets and my mom would remark how rosy my cheeks looked! I would then run to the mirror, only to find that my cheeks looked pretty much the same to me, but I always pretended to believe it. Overall, it didn’t matter because I really liked beets anyway.

Fast forward many years later…and I learned that my mom wasn’t too far off from beets giving me rosy cheeks either! Beets have so many benefits! They purifying the blood, cleanse the liver, lower blood pressure and improve blood flow and deliver oxygen to areas of your body that need it. Tada! They possibly could help to make rosier cheeks! In addition to all of that, they help to boost your energy, replenish iron, are rich in anti-oxidants that help to fight cancer and reduce inflammation and contain betaine and trytophan, which helps fight depression and relaxes that mind.

Today’s smoothie not only features beets, but it also has a hint of chocolate as is found in red velvet cake. We got the recipe from rootandrevel.com and it was so smooth and delicious, we wanted to share it with you.

 

VELVET GREEN SMOOTHIE WITH BEETS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large beet, quartered and peeled
  • 1 banana, frozen (room temp is fine if you don’t have one pre-frozen)
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • Optional: Add 1-3 dates or one tablespoon or maple syrup depending on your preferred level of sweetness

METHOD:

Add beets, dates, spinach and milk first and blend to a smooth consistency. Then add the banana and cacao powder and blend again.

Makes 2 servings.

Cheers!

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Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Katelyn Guerrero