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beets, beets, beets!

This morning, I hopped out of bed for a 5 mile run around Southie.  It was a crisp, cool morning and was absolutely perfect for a run!

After my run, I whipped up a huge smoothie to take with me to work.

Then, ate my leftover Honey Bean Salad for lunch along with a yogurt with fresh raspberries.

Tonight, I made a delicious CSA salad for dinner!

It may be one of my best thus far!  I love salads, but boy can they get boring.  It is important (especially for me – I get bored easily!) to change up your ingredients so that you body gets a variety of nutrients, but also so that you keep it interesting.

Tonight’s start ingredient?

BEETS!

I started with a base of green leaf lettuce dressed in my new favorite (homemade) honey balsamic dressing and added the following:

  • slightly steamed CSA beet greens, washed and chopped
  • chopped CSA carrots
  • spiralized CSA beets
  • toasted pecans
  • shredded goat gouda

Holy Moly!  This was good!

I washed, dried and chopped these beet greens before steaming them for a few minutes.

They mixed well with the green leaf lettuce and gave it a little more flavor.  The flavors in this salad really worked well together – yum!

Served along with some cheese tortellini and tomato sauce.

Mmmm….

chill out!

I sat in the gym parking lot for a good 5 minutes this afternoon debating whether or not I wanted to go in.  See the thing is that I didn’t want to go in, but I almost felt guilty for not wanting to.  I just had no motivation to workout!  Then, I realized that my body is probably trying to tell me something – that I need a rest after my half marathon last weekend.  My legs are sending a signal to my brain saying “please don’t run!”, so I decided that I just need to chill out already!  Forget the guilt, it’s just not worth it.  Listening to your bodies cues are much more important in regards to working out and eating, so that’s what I did.  I’m pretty proud of myself. 🙂  Does this happen to anyone?  Do you feel guilty for not working out?

Instead of the gym, I came home to cook a fun meal using some beets in my fridge that were on their last legs that my friend Michi recommended.  I had 3 huge beets waiting to be used.

The recipe I used is from The New Moosewood Cookbook.  I love so many of their recipes, so I knew that this would be a winner as well!  It uses many of my favorites, including beets, pineapple, dried prunes and walnuts.  Check out the recipe here!

I preheated my oven to 400°F and cooked my beets wrapped in aluminum foil for 40 minutes.

While they were cooking I prepped my other ingredients by chopping up the pineapple, dried prunes and walnuts.

Once cooked, I popped the beets into my food processor using the grater attachment.  This is so much easier than grating my hand!  They were grated within seconds.  Gosh, beets are super messy – I now have red hands!

Then, I mixed everything together and put it in the fridge for 15 minutes to chill.  This recipe was so easy, and it tastes delicious.  It would be perfect for a BBQ.

For dinner purposes, I served the beet mix over some red leaf lettuce with a slice of seven grain bread.

This is a great way to get new colors into your diet, which is important for making sure that your body is getting all of the nutrients that it needs.  Different fruits and veggie colors mean that you are getting a few different vitamins and minerals that you don’t normally get!

Odessa Beets Recipe

from The New Moosewood Cookbook, found through Calorie Count

Ingredients:

  • 5 medium beets (I used 3 large)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (next time i’d use more)
  • 8 prunes, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple

Directions:

  1. Wrap beets in foil and cook at 400°F for about 40 minutes or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, chop pineapple, prunes and walnuts.
  3. Peel and grate beets.
  4. Mix all ingredients together and chill before serving.
  5. Enjoy!

I love spending Friday night’s on the couch!  I am just about ready to whip up some Banana soft serve and chill out!!