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You can tell just by the color of beets that they are packed with nutrition and flavor. You couldn’t pay me to try them as a kid. But we parents are smarter now. We ask our kids what they love to do most, then tell them how these foods will help them to that end. We don’t just say, ” Eat your beets because they’re healthy”. That doesn’t mean much to a kid, or even adults. Beets are great because they provide antioxidants, anti-inflamatory, fiber and help detoxify, which helps fight cancer and other diseases.
Nutrition: 1 cup = 100 cals
- 1 package prepared beets (many supermarkets carry them now)
- 1/2 oz gorgonzola cheese (or feta or your favorite cheese)
- cherry tomatoes
- balsamic vinegar (good quality)
- extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Take beets out of package and slice, and place in bowl. Slice tomatoes in half and place in bowl. Sprinkle some cheese and dress with balsamic vinegar and oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper as desired.
Hint- Buy a very good quality balsamic vinegar from a gourmet food store. It’s worth the money because you only need a tsp to experience the thick, sweet flavor. It’s a world apart from regular balsamic vinegar.
“Wow”, “delicious”, and “refreshing” is what your friends and family will say when you bring this dish to your summer table. (Well, the kids might say, ” Hey who put the weird beans in the salad?”) This dish packs protein, fiber, beta carotene, is low cal and has great crunch appeal. As always, try to use organic ingredients. This can be a main dish because edamame beans are a complete protein source, low carb, and have 4 g fiber per serving- excellent.
Super fast shortcut- use frozen, chopped veggies (edamame, corn, peppers)
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