The Plot : 38 Power Foods Blog group
Summary : 38 Power Foods blog group will focus on one ingredient each week taking inspiration from the book ; Power Foods: 150 Delicious Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients from the editors of the whole living magazine. Each week we all will come up with recipes, stories, articles to encourage eating nourishing food.
Co conspirators : ( it will be nourishing for your foodie health to visit these blogs and see what they have come up with)
Jill at Saucy Cooks;
Jeanette at jeanetteshealthyliving ;
Martha at Simply Nourished Living ;
Mireya at Myhealthyeatinghabits ;
Alyce at More time at the table ;
Sarah at everything in the kitchen sink;
Casey at BookCase foodie
Episode #4 – Beets.
This week I made beetroots in many different ways. I made the standard raita ; recipe for which I have shared in a previous post.
I sliced them thin, infused them with fennel and baked them into chips. I also made the recipe that I am sharing today – of a beetroot parfait; which is kid tested and approved. My daughter loved it and ate it without any fuss. She usually stays away from beetroots in any other form.
Beets provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. Traditionally, In India it is given to expecting mother’s as part of their special diet. And is also suggested for people whose hemoglobin levels are low. It truly is a power food with research backing up all claims, so it really is not a myth.
While reading up on the benefits of beets, I found out that the beet leaves were equally nutritious and hence a power food. Last week, I and my friend Jill from Saucy cooks were making Samosa and we added the greens to the potato stuffing. The result was super delicious. And It made us feel a little better about frying up the samosa.
I love the fact that you can go buy a bunch of beets and use up the entire plant. Super convenient, economical and in plain words – A real Power food!
The parfait style yogurt based beet dish was a wonderful addition as a side dish. We grilled some chicken using tandoori spices, and served this as a side dish. Instant hit!
Beetroot Raita or Parfait if we may
- 1 medium size beetroot
- 2 Cups beet root greens chopped
- 1/2 C plus 1/2 C yogurt divided
- Salt only if you really want
Wash the beet well and make some deep incisions in it with a sharp paring knife
put it in a microwave proof dish and cover with a plastic wrap.
pop the plastic wrap with the knife once or twice
cook on high for 3 - 5 minutes
when it is done , it will be soft and buttery
peel off the outer layer and discard it ; chop the rest of the beet
take 1/2 C yogurt and put in the blender along with the beet and blend them well -almost like a puree
Now blanch the beet greens and shock them in cold water
Put the greens into a serving bowl, layer with some plain yogurt and then top it off with the beet root yogurt mix puree.
Serve with any grilled spicy dish. Or serve as a parfait for a snack.