WHAT WE'RE COOKING THIS WEEK: Beets
Beets often get a bad rap in the veggie world: They don't have the most unique taste and getting rid of beet stains can be a pain. But when you consider all the health benefits — zero trans fat, multiple vitamins and lowering the risk of heart disease — beets should be eaten at least once a week.
Available in both red and golden options, beets are about 43 calories per 100 grams. Beet juice in particular is not only popular among the raw diet and juicing world, but athletes can't get enough of this red beverage while they train. Huffington Post Canada blogger and cross-country skier Sheila Kealey found cyclists, for example, could ride 16 per cent longer if they had beet juice in their diets.
So we say, it looks like it's time to incorporate some beets into your day!
And in case you missed it, last week we packed potatoes.
WEEKLY SHOPPING LIST:
Here's what you need to buy this week, while the other necessary ingredients (like pepper, salt and oils) are likely already in your kitchen.
- Beets (golden and red)
- Maple syrup
- Balsamic vinegar
- Lemon juice
- Feta cheese
- Red wine vinegar
- Apple juice
- Fennel powder
- Masala powder
- Dry mango powder
- Green chili
- Brown bread
- Chaat masala
Monday: Kale and Roasted Beet Salad
Great as a snack or office lunch, this salad recipe is made with beets, pecans and maple syrup. Get the recipe from The Shiksa in the Kitchen here.
Tuesday: Homemade Beet Chips
Skip the bag of potato chips and reach for a less salty alternative. These beet chips are made with both yellow and red beets for a colourful mix. Get the recipe from The Italian Dish here.
Wednesday: Rosemary-Roasted Beets and Carrots
Carrots go great with beets (shout out to the root vegetable family), and this recipe is topped with rosemary. Get the recipe from Real Simple here.
Thursday: Beet Juice
This gluten-free beverage makes an excellent "snack" right after a morning workout, thanks to its assistance in increasing blood flow. Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker here.
Friday: Beetroot Tikkis
Tikkis are a common Indian snack eaten as appetizers, and this recipe combines beetroot and potatoes. Get the recipe from Veg Recipes From India here.
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