Beautiful Beets And How To Cook Them!

Tonight was one of those nights that Bryan went to spend time with the guys, so I got the house to myself. I ran by the grocery store after Girls on the Run and came home to finish errands for the week.

Last night we folded tons of clothes and I finally reorganized my closet and drawers and got rid of a ton of clothes that I wasn’t wearing. Tonight I finished the last two loads of laundry, folded everything and put them away.

After a nice hot bath, I started cooking. I did a batch cooking night. I mixed up a batch of dough, which I’ll bake tomorrow night. Then I started some 7 bean and barley soup! It’s a mix from the bulk section at EarthFare. Their instructions are to soak the beans and barley overnight. Then saute 2 small onions. Drain the bean mix, and add to the onions with 8 c. water and 2 tsp. salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours. What I did differently: I added 3 Tbsp. of vegetable bouillon and eliminated the salt (since there’s salt in the bouillon). Can’t wait to taste that.

For dinner I had a Blueberry Greek Yogurt, 1 large beet and a glass of milk. If you’ve never cooked a raw beet, it’s not that hard. In fact, it was so easy, I doubt I’ll ever buy the canned beets again. Cut the ends of the beet off and peel it with a vegetable peeler, just like you would a potato. Caution: don’t wear something you love because it might turn red; I suggest an apron and a good cutting board. If you get it on your hands or counter, just clean it off as soon as possible to avoid staining. After peeling, I sliced it into thin rounds and sauteed it in 1 Tbsp. butter until tender and slightly brown on the edges. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy! It was SO yummy!

I had 2 other beets, so I looked up a recipe from AllRecipes.com (my favorite recipe website so far). I peeled and cubed the beets and sauteed them with 1 chopped onion and 4 garlic cloves. After sauteeing, I added 2 c. vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce and let simmer till beets are tender. Let cool slightly, then blend a few cups at a time until smooth. Top with a swirl of cream, Greek yogurt or sour cream.

Can’t wait to eat the beet soup! Beets will definitely be going in my garden next year.

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One response to “Beautiful Beets And How To Cook Them!

  1. For Halloween you can juice the raw beets and drink it. It looks just like you are drinking blood. It would go great with a vampire costume.

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