This is a super simple recipe for roasted beets. This is the technique I use for almost all roasted veggies. Sesame oil is always optional but can be added for some extra depth. It really gives a nice smoky flavor if you use toasted sesame oil.
Simple Roasted Veggies: Beets
- 4 large beets
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- salt & pepper (1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper to taste?)
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 2 teaspoons dried basil OR a handfull of fresh basil
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Mix together the olive oil, (optional) sesame oil, salt and pepper, and sesame seeds.
- Chop the beets in approximately 1-inch cubes and toss them in the olive oil mixture.
- Bake on an oiled baking sheet (I like to use foil for easy cleanup) for 35 minutes or until tender.
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A while ago I challenged myself to stop eating salads so often. So I did. I haven’t eaten a salad for a meal since lunch on August 6th. (It was a Tuna Nicoise salad from Macaron, by the way.) Salads are great, but they don’t do so well with my stomach so even though I am the salad girl, I knew I had to take a break.
So what do people eat when they aren’t eating salads?
My first guess was sandwiches. Here are some of the fun combos I have made (or bought). My favorite is at the end.
This sandwich has Steamed Beets (my dad’s), Tofurky, mayo (lots), mustard (lots), and lettuce. The bread is some whole-grain oat nut thing I got at Whole Foods.
This one is a “Peking Style Zen Duck Wrap” (vegetarian) from Zen Palate. It was decent. It was much better dipped in my brother’s dish’s peanut sauce. It had fake duck, lettuce, carrots, and a spinach tortilla.
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I just found this very insightful nugget:
The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.
From a fantastic article in the WSJ.
Guess what these are?
They are steamed beets from my dad’s garden. Tender, sweet, and fresh. The best kind of beets, I think. I’ve never had better. I like eating them plain or topped with yogurt, or in a sandwich. I’ll post the sandwich later.
What’s your favorite way to eat beets? What’s your favorite quote or nugget of wisdom?
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