Can’t Beet a Home Cooked Meal.

After several days eating freeze-dried meals (Mountain House*) nothing is better than a home cooked meal fresh from the garden.  Tonight’s menu included Thai Basil Beet Curry over Brown Rice.

To make simply boil some chopped beets and carrots in 4 cups of water, add some chicken stock or bullion (if you are adding liquid stock simply substitute in place of water.

Once beets are cooked add in a can of evaporated milk and some chopped zucchini.

then some green curry paste, Thai basil to taste (i like a lot!) and some fresh thyme.

once the zucchini cooked remove a 1/4 cup of stock and mix in some corn starch and add back to pot.  Keep doing this until it is as thick as you want and then add in some salt to bring out the flavors. 

Enjoy!

Also, here are some other ideas of what you can do with beets.  They are truly versatile and add a wonder undertone to any flavor and a pleasing color to any meal.

 

Beet and carrot juice are a nice treat and have been linked to many health benefits including reducing blood pressure.

Roasted Beets and Sweet Potato are packed with nutrients that give you lots of energy and can curb an afternoon sugar craving.

Beet, Mango, Spinach, Avacado, and Pinenut Salad is high in iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C.Beet chips are so yummy and are easier to find now that they are growing in popularity!  Although eating them fried takes away from their nutritional value they are still known to be a great food for preventing and battling colon cancer. This is because they are a high-fiber food that increases the production of special immune cells that destroy cancer cells in the colon.

Beet and Creme Fraiche soup is full of flavor and a great treat on a summer day.
Don’t feel guilty about fat in the creme fraiche, beets can lower your bad cholesterol by 30%.

And if you like it sweeter side of things beet gelato is so smooth and creamy and contains a compound known as betaine that can reduce inflammation in joints, bones, the throat and blood vessels by 20 percent. This helps those suffering from things such as osteoporosis and asthma.

One of my favorites is BORSCHT,   a savory soup. 

Beets can also be used to give color to foods such as Red Velvet Cake and are full of folate.

One of my favorites is chocolate beet cake with cream cheese frosting.  Yum yum!

*Mountain House is a brand of freeze-dried food designed for campers, hunters, etc.  and it is yummy too. give it a try on your next trip or tuck some away for a quick meal at home.

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About Pepper

Being someone who is actively searching for ways to make what I have better I thought it would be useful to share my talents and discoveries with anyone who is interested. So much of what I do is made from things that are easy to access and are perfect projects to spice up a weekend. In the words of Bernice Fitz-Gibbens "Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there." I hope that you will join me each weekend for a little inspiration and fun.
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One Response to Can’t Beet a Home Cooked Meal.

  1. Leana says:

    I’m so impressed of how many things one can make with beets!:) Of course, I was happy to see Borscht (in all caps even:)) on the list.

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