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No Beeting around the Basil Roasted Beets


One of my favorite vegetables are roasted beets.  However, if you grew up in a house like mine, you thought beets come in a can – pre-cooked and peeled. Add lots of butter and salt and Bob’s (or Beet’s) your uncle as they say…. It wasn’t until I was an adult and cooking on my own (and frankly only in the last few years)   have I started buying whole beets and roasting them myself.  Surprisingly – not difficult!  These beets are from Willowtree Farms in Port Perry ( @WillowtreeCSA) as is the basil and the garlic scapes.  So good!  Try it!  Note – I roasted these in the oven however you can roast them the same way on the top rack on a BBQ as well.  If you haven’t cooked with garlic scapes before try them – so good! Make garlic scape pesto!

Roasted Beets

Ingredients:

  • ImageBunch of Beets
  • Bunch of Basil
  • 2 garlic scapes – chopped
  • 1-2 TB EVOO
  • pepper to taste (optional)

Equipment

  • tinfoil
  • knife

Method

Wash excess dirt from beets, slice the top off.  Chop up the garlic scapes.  Chop or tear up the basil. Make a tinfoil packet – add the beets with the exposed end facing up.  Pour the EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) over and sprinkle with pepper (if using).  Top with garlic scapes and basil.  Seal the packet tightly and roast in 425 degree oven for 1 hr (maybe a bit longer dependent on size of beets).  Open packet, use a knife to gently remove the skin (will come off very easily)  – slice and serve! YUM! enJOY!

Time Saver Tip:  After roasting you can freeze cooked beets to reheat for an easy weeknight side dish!

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Its a New Year – 5 steps towards accomplishing your goals & Clean Out the Fridge Primavera.


I don’t make resolutions.

That’s right I said it – I don’t make resolutions.

Resolutions revolving around New Years are for the most part – empty – made to in an effort to appease the masses – some thing done to say you have.  I mean really – how many New Years resolutions have you made and kept – for longer than a week or past the 1st week of February? Look at any gym 7 weeks into the year.  Where as the first week in January you had to wrestle the treadmill from the other 500 people, now you could bowl in in between the machines.
Long ago I gave up on the typical New Years resolutions. Any “resolution” I have made and kept have always been made as a promise to myself – whether that be to lose weight (who hasn’t made that one before?) – quit smoking (gasp – yes I’m an ex ex ex – smoker – actually have been and ex smoker now for longer than I was a smoker) or whatever else was made because I was sick and tired of doing whatever I was resolving to quit and funnily enough – never at New Years.    Instead of a resolution, I think of it as a promise – a promise to myself – samatics you might think – but to be fair I am far more likely to give up on a resolution than I am to break a promise.  If its a promise to myself – who better to avoid disappointing.   This year to further cement my promise and to help you cement yours – I’m sharing with you my tips on how to keep your “resolutions”.

 1.  Be real.  If you really want something to stick be realistic of your abilities.  If you resolve to win a marathon and you are not a runner – Break it into smaller steps – promise to yourself that you will run – a little each day and work towards a marathon.  Maybe winning the marathon can be next years promise.

2. Plan.  If you want it to happen – you need a plan surrounding the how to make it happen. Period.

3.  Confidence.  Make it attainable by including smaller goals to build your confidence.

4.  Write it down – write down your promise. Then write down your plan.  Write down your smaller goals – if you are a visual person like me – I cross off each smaller goal as I accomplish it – the more things I can cross off – the better I feel about myself and the more likely I am to keep moving in the right direction.  Another fantastic visual tool is a vision board.  Get out your old magazine and cut out words and pictures that represent what accomplishing that goal means to you. Paste them on a bulletin board or Bristol board. Put it somewhere you see it and take a minute to reflect on it when you are feel down – then revisit your list of things you have already done to accomplish it.

5.  Forgive.  Forgive yourself – if you miss a small goal, take a step backwards, stall out at some point, relapse – whatever – realize you are human and not a machine.  Life happens.  Forgive your self and start again.

6.  Timelines.  Give your self a timeline and check in with yourself – are you on target?  Better yet – do you have a buddy working towards an alike goal or even an unlike goal – check in with one another and encourage each other to keep going.

If you follow these steps – whether you want to lose weight, get healthy, give up junk food, quit smoking, run a marathon, or fly to the moon, I promise you will have more success than trying on your own.

And now my easy recipe of the week.

Clean Out the Fridge Primavera

1/2 box penne (or whatever you are cleaning up)
2  sweet potato  fingerlings
1/4 head broccoli
1/2 c frozen peas
1 cooked chicken breast
chicken stock
basil
white wine
black pepper & garlic & onion
EVOO

The ingredients in this change – depending on what I have left over in the fridge and need to get rid of – carrots, celery, green beans, spinach or whatever else you have also works!

Cook penne according to instructions.  While pasta is cooking, in another pan heat EVOO.  Add garlic, and thinly sliced onion.  While those are sauteing for a few minutes, peel and thinly slice sweet potato, (carrots), chop broccoli and other vegetables (chopped chicken if using).  Add to garlic mixture.  Add basil -(I like a lot) – a couple handfuls of fresh chopped or about 5 TB of dried. Add black pepper.  Add chicken stock (or vegetable stock), add white wine.  Simmer until pasta is finished.  Drain pasta add to vegetables, turn heat down and simmer for another 5-10 minutes until liquid reduces.  Serve topped with fresh parmesan.

From my kitchen to yours – happy & healthy eating!

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