“Just beat it, beat it, beat it no one wants to be defeated, showing how funky and strong is your fight, it doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right, just beat it, beat it, just beat it…..” This is one of my favorite Michael Jackson songs that was released back in 1983, I was 13. I can still picture the video playing on MTV clear as day, the white, red and black leather jackets, studded belts, bandanas and 2 rival gangs out to fight that ended in an amazing well-choreographed dance. This was an era when MTV which started in 1981, was still in its infancy and only played music videos. But I am not talking about that kind of “beat” although I could go on all day about the 80’s, no I am talking about the vegetable “beet”, the delicious vibrant red / purple power veggie.
I am one of those people who love beets. They very often get a bad rap (much like Michael). I will eat them raw shredded on a salad, juiced, roasted in simple seasoning, pickled or dehydrated into chips. They grow in different colors of red, purple, orange, yellow or white. (the red stains everything!) They are a root vegetable from the botanical family chenopodiaceae and the whole plant is edible which is loaded with nutrition. They have a distinctive earthly flavor or some would say they taste like dirt. But when paired with sweet, fresh, citrus or sharp flavors they are even more amazing bringing out their sweetness. The greens can be sautéed in tossed in stir fry or a tofu scramble, juiced with the beets, or added to smoothies.
Check out a few facts on beets:
So, being an athlete, wanting to stay healthy by eating a whole plant based diet and the simple fact that I love beets, my husband and I always eat them every day in some form. Although I don’t always agree with supplements, if you are one of those people who really don’t like them, then you can purchase beet powder, juices and pills however make sure that the only ingredient listed are beets. Well, I guess you could say that Michael and beets have one thing in common, either you love ‘em or hate ‘em there is no in between. But I can assure you that this beat…. I mean beet sauce will not disappoint you in flavor. If you were not a beet fan before, you will be now. I created this pesto sauce for something different on pasta. I added steamed spinach, fresh tomatoes and olives on top for an amazing dish. Talk about carb loading for a race the next day. Between this and listening to Michaels Jackson’s song “Beat It” I will have one great run!
Beet Pesto Sauce
Yields: 4 cups (can freeze half it makes a lot)
Times: 1 hour
Note: Check out this original Michael Jackson video on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym0hZG-zNOk
If you were given a choice of only a few food items to survive off of what would it be? Or simply what is the one food that you could not possibly live without? For anyone who knows me this is simply to answer. Just take a look in my cupboard and you will find about 4 or 5 different varieties of peanut butter at any given time. There are a couple brands that are off limits to my husband or anyone else. Simply put… peanut butter is life! There was one time when I had a trainer that would not allow me to have peanut butter in my diet. Needless to say he didn’t last too long….about 5 minutes. Even if it is only a small amount, a healthy or cheat snack, it needs to be a part of my life every day! It is delicious either by itself, on a big spoon or added in recipes.
I didn’t exactly grow up as Julia Child in the kitchen and when it came to cooking, I was happy not burning my toast or make a grilled cheese where one side would be charcoal, the other soggy with melted butter and the cheese still cold. Also, how does it happen that dried spaghetti from the box is put into boiling water and it comes out stuck together in one blob? And baking? The only baking I did was usually from a box. Biscuits came from those tubes where the paper comes off like a spiral and pops which always sent me through the roof every single time I did it. Jiffy box muffins were always stocked up in the cupboard. Birthday cakes were ordered and cookies came in a re-sealable package for later picking.
Summer time is once again upon us. Where A/C is the only relief from unmanageable hair, sweat glistering, cloths clinging, ice coffee melting and sunburns. Some despise the heat and would rather live in a region where it is cold most of the time, cozy fireplaces, layers of cloths, snow bunnies, ski and snow boarding athletes, and Eskimos. Some live for the summer and live in regions where it is hot all the time, surfers, swimmers, beach bums, tans and bikinis, runners and bikers. These people put up Christmas decorations wearing shorts and flip flops. Quite frankly this is my kind of region and where I would love to be all year round. But for now, I live where some would say we get the best of all worlds. I get the beautiful colors of Autumn, freezing snowy Winters, blossoming Springs and the heat of the Summers. Some would say that I don’t know how good I have it but, come talk to me when there is 3 ft. of snow on the ground and temps are a chilly 5 degrees. Anyway, what does all this have to do with these delicious treats you see?