In my life changing goal of eating better I decided to pick up some beets. I have always loved beets. I especially love the way the dye everything pink that you put with them. :)
I have never eaten beets with anything more then a little salt so I decided to try something new. I read how they coupled well with
mustard and balsamic vinegar, so I whipped up a little emulsion to try it out
and they were delicious!
Here is my little recipe. (180 calories)
2 – Cups of beets
1 – Tbsp olive oil
1 – Tsp balsamic vinegar (1 tsp is equal to 1/3 tbsp)
2 – Tbsp Dijon mustard
½ – cup of diced onions (red will make it sweeter)
4 – Cloves of garlic diced (less if you don’t like garlic)
Dash of pepper
They say a perfect vinaigrette will have a 3 to 1 ratio: oil and vinegar respectively. I was counting calories here so I didn't want to make a lot, and a little goes a long way, but you can double or triple the recipe as long as you keep the 3 to 1 ratio as your base.
I put the oil and vinegar together with the pepper and the cloves of garlic diced and whisked it together in a glass bowl. The Oil and vinegar will separate as soon as you leave it alone for a bit but I like to meld my garlic into my vinaigrette as I finish the other prep work.
Dice up your onion. Cry if you have to.
Then I whisked in the
just enough to blend it in and then added in the onions as well.
My beets came out of a can just as red and beautiful as they could be. If you use fresh you need to peel them and you can boil them a bit or eat them raw.
I placed the beets into the
Dijon emulsion and tossed them so they were
all covered and let them sit a bit.
At this point you can eat them as is or put them on a salad. I put mine over some lentil rice I had and let everything turn pink and heat up a bit. It was delicious! And beats are really good for you too!
This is where I have been walking on my elliptical this week. They really got me with the whole
Hawaii angle. Next year we plan to go and scatter Mom’s
ashes as she requested. I love Hawaii, which everyone
says…but I really do. You can feel the
spirit of the island and it is just magical in a way that can’t be
explained. So when my elliptical came
with two tracks in Maui, I was really excited.
I have never done more then a mile on an elliptical but for the chance to walk in
Maui I managed 2.5! Every time I was going to give up I thought
about how much I love Hawaii
and then there would be falls or a shot of the ocean and I was back in
It is hard to take 30 – 35 minutes just to walk; but I am doing it. It doesn't matter if I’m tired or whatever…I’m just doing it.
This week I lost a pound, took at least 3000 steps a day, ate in my allotted calories, walked 3 times for 30 - 35 minutes, tried new healthy food dishes, got at least 7.5 hours of sleep a night and I feel really great.
We are woking on the joining of the squares...it is a long process. Anything worth doing is worth doing well. :)
Hugs and happy crafting,