Saturday, January 19, 2013

Just Beet It

I wonder how many people have used that exact pun for a food blog post title....i may have even, i'm just too lazy to look thru them just can't be helped.

But it seemed appropriate to give beets the title as one can make two different dishes from them, the actual beet bulb and the greens - I love that.

So without furthur ado, may i introduce, sauteed beet greens, just a bit of olive oil, garlic, beet greens, a tablespoon of Nutritional Yeast and a splash of white balsamic vinegar

So, last weekend, i did an amazing thing. I road tripped by myself to Marshall, in East Texas to attend the New Year New You Health Fest, a plant based eating conference held yearly there in an area of the country known as the "stroke belt".  I got to see some of my idols, Dr T Colin Campbell and Dr Michael Gregor, as well as acquire a slew of new idols, Julieanna Haver, Chef AJ, and Lindsay Nixon who wrote The Happy Herbivore cookbook series, and a few more... check the website to see all the amazing speakers

It's part of the Get Healthy Marshall initiative, started by the mayor and his wife, truly amazing. I learned so much, got re-inspired to eat and prepare whole foods, and I made a new friend in Elana, who i roomed with. A fun and inspirational girl who made us Banana/Almond milk ice cream IN OUR ROOM and cooked an entire vegan, oil free meal in the microwave for her and her triner and guys she drove with - brown rice, spinach, sweet potato, black beans. I learned a ton from her too!

Me and my new friend/roomie Elana

Elana & Chad Byers (her trainer) with the microwave hotel meal
The End Result - so good! see what you can do? never be hungry
the Banana Ice Cream, soooo delectable, frozen bananas  & Almond milk

Anyway, one great speaker i watched do a cooking demo was Kathryn Lorusso, also a breast cancer survivor and all round cool chick (check out her website VegOutCatering) - she made Orange Beet Salad over Greens in a pressure cooker, so I reproduced it at home sans pressure cooker. I roasted the beets, then made the dressing separately. OJ, cider vinegar, agave, dijon.  Very very tasty.

I used Grapefuit in a Citrus Kale Salad from Coleen Patrick-Goudreau's Color Me Vegan recipe - I added avocado to it to massage into the kale leaves, but this was a big success at a little party i brought it to

Here is the Pasta with Mizuno and Asparagus  (and Parsley)from Wild about Greens cookbook - I loved it to pieces. Added a splash of Balsamic Vinegar and it was perfect.

I used the Radishes in a couple of salads - one in this very amazing kale salad that I made for the road - admitedly it's not driving food, I had to sit in a parking lot to enjoy it, while listening to music and admiring east texas views

another in this little cutie also using the Red Leaf Lettuce from the box

I still have the Sunchokes! Will make them this weekend

I really am inspired after attending the New Year New You Health Fest, and also as I have been listening to hours and hours of Colleen Patrick-Goudreau's Food for Thought Podcast. I cannot wait for the next box which i spied from the Greenling newsletter will have Collards and Chard.

happy eating!


  1. In the kale salad with radishes, is that orange bell pepper in the bottom right corner area? Thanks.