Don't Miss a Beet!

Welcome back to the work week friends! If there was ever a weekend that I wished away…it was this one. Why? Because my dearest husband was off skiing in Colorado. He left Thursday night and came back Sunday evening. I will admit that I have turned myself in to “one of THOSE girls.” He is literally my life line and to say that I missed him is an understatement!! Now, I realize there are females who go a lot longer without seeing there lover, but I’m not in one of those relationships, and a few days away was hard!
 Luckily, it went by surprisingly fast and I had some time to do girly things like cook, bake, shop, and have a night out with my girlfriend! Quick summary follows:
  • I went to see No Strings Attached on Saturday night. I will say that it was okay…your typical chick flick. I’m sure you can guess how it ends ha. Ashton Kutcher looks pretty darn good in it though! ;)
  • Shopping was fun but I left with only 2 items; a discount shirt from AE and an adorable belt from Express. Other than that, I struck out. Nothing was really calling my name…
  • Cooking/baking. I made my favorite paella dish, I fell in love with roasted beets, and made Jessica’s gooey butter cake as a “welcome home” for Brandon….AND because I needed a recipe to share at some point this week!
  • Sad moment of the weekend: the Bears did not make it in to the Super Bowl. Now, I will not kid you in to thinking I am a sports fan (I’m REALLY not…ask my family), BUT when your significant other is manically obsessed with a team, you start to hope for HIM that they do well. So it was a somewhat disappointing evening. However, I was secretly excited because I grew up in a family that enjoyed the Packers. So even though Brandon would kill me: Go Packers!! I definitely want to see them kick the Steelers butt!

GO BEARS....better luck next year! :(

So that was my weekend in a nut shell, sorry if I bored you with details!

So back to the purpose of my blog…which documenting my life it is NOT. Let’s talk about roasted beets!! (sorry this is not my picture AGAIN…Brandon had my camera ALL weekend!)


As I have mentioned before, 2011 is the year I want to expand my produce palate!! This weekend I chose beets because my friend Laury at The Fitness Dish raved about how delicious they were blended up with several other ingredients in her juicer. Since my NEW KitchenAid Blender/food processor is stored away at my parent’s house, I had to use my OLD blender. Let’s just say…it didn’t work.

 SO plan B was to roast them! I did as Laury suggested: baked 400 degrees for about an hour and season with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary. Can we say AMAZING? Literally, my new favorite roasted vegetable! I know you may turn your nose up to beets but trust me when I tell you that they were extremely delicious!! The taste reminded me of a roasted potato. The beets took on the flavors of the rosemary beautifully and I would almost say they were sweet?!?!

 Even though my descriptions are lacking, just believe me that they were dynamite eaten all by themselves or on top of a lovely bed of greens. I am so grateful to Laury for opening my eyes to this wonderful vegetable!

More than just flavor, here are a few more reasons to make beets a weekly addition to your produce picks:


  1. Beets contain Vitamins A, C, and niacin, magnesium, calcium, iron and phosphorous! (another non-dairy source of calcium!!)
  2. The amino acid betaine, found in the beet root, has anti cancer properties.
  3. Studies have shown that beets can help inhibit the development of stomach and colon cancers AND lower cholesterol.
  4. Wonderful source of fiber to help keep you regular!!
  5. Studies have also shown that including beets in your diet helps protect against heart disease.
  6. Recommended for pregnant women because it is high in folic acid, which is a nutrient that can help prevent neural tube defects!
  7. The beets purple-ish pigment is thanks to betacyanin, which can increase the oxygen-carrying ability of the blood by something like 400%!
  8. The leafy stems can be eaten like spinach and contain potassium, iron, vitamin C, folic acid, and beta-carotene.


Have you tried beets? If so, what do you think?

Any new vegetables you’ve discovered recently?


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