Warm Beet and Spinach Salald

warm-beet-and-spinach-saladAt this time of warm days and cool nights it’s a little difficult to figure out what to eat. My compromise is a warm salad. Since the beets are ready in gardens, here’s my recipe for a beet salad that will satisfy the need for warming up and cooling down.  We certainly shouldn’t forget how nutritious all the ingredients are either.

Beets are high in Folate a naturally occurring type of B vitamin ( also known as Folic Acid or Folacin) that helps maintain cellular health and supports the nervous system.  It has also recently been discovered that  Betalains from beets provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support.  Among it’s many other nutrients beets are also high in Manganese which helps the body synthesize fatty acids and cholesterol and helps normalize blood sugar.

Who knew that Pecans were so nutrient packed?  Not me until I started doing this research.  I just added them because they were a complimentary protein.  I then found out that Pecans are a good source of oleic acid, vitamin B1, thiamin, and magnesium.  Compared with other nuts they are also low in fat and high in fibre. All of that with no Cholesterol.  Awesome!

Peel, chop and roast 4 medium sized beets (any colour will look gorgeous) after tossing them in a light coating of honey with a splash of lemon juice, salt and pepper. The pieces should be approximately 2.5 cm chunks which will cook at 400º for 45 minutes. Take out of the oven when done and let coo for a little bit, just until they won’t burn your mouth if you eat them.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 3tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 5tbsp Olive Oil
  • 0.5tsp Honey
  • 0.5tsp Minced Thyme (preferably fresh)
  • salt and pepper

Put everything in a small jar and shake the bejebus out of it until everything is melded together.

On a plate, lay out a bed of fresh spinach and beet greens then top with the warm beets. Finish with thinly sliced red onion, blue cheese and lightly toasted pecans. The balsamic vinaigrette goes over the whole thing and there you go. A lovely nutrient rich transitional meal. It looks really pretty too.

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2 Responses to Warm Beet and Spinach Salald

  1. So very very cool! I am glad I came across your site! Some points I completely agree with and knew about, but some stuff I had not thought about! Thanks!

  2. My biggest obsticle in weight loss are carbs! I love them and they love me!

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