What a great treat to have had a bundle of these in my CSA delivery this week. I love any sweet root veggie that I can add to a salad or grain dish, like sweet potatoes, squashes, turnips and carrots. Beets are especially sweet, and in fact have the highest sugar content of all vegetables. Nothing better than naturally occurring sugar! When added to meals, this ingredient satisfies your sweet tooth and lessens that urge for indulgent dessert after... Try it!
Rich in so many nutrients, beets prevent cardiovascular diseases, respiratory problems, birth defects, strokes, cancer, capillary fragility, cataracts and liver problems among other things- all due to the phytonutrient called Betalain- which provides anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and detoxifying support. Betalain is the rich red pigment of the miracle root- also evident in rhubarb and stems of swiss chard.
Try this easy side dish!
Beet and Squash your Toxic Load Salad:
2-3 beets (leave skin on; cut stem off)
1/2 butternut squash, spaghetti squash, acorn squash OR 1 whole sweet potato
Mix of greens: try Kale, Spinach, Arugula- or any others of choice
3-4 tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 Avocado (optional)
1/2 Blood Orange (optional)
On a baking sheet, lay down beets and squash/potatoes, and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until soft enough to poke with a fork. Let cool, then peel off skin of all veggies, which should come right off. Chop up beets and squash/potatoes, and layer them on a bed of greens. If using avocados and orange, chop up and layer on. Drizzle over oil and lemon, and finish with black pepper. Enjoy this heart-healthy dish!