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Sweet & Spicy Beet Spinach Salad

1 Jun

I fell deeply in love with the taste of beets a few years ago with one sip of raw beet and apple juice that I savored to the last drop. I eat them raw, roasted, steamed, and juiced. I wondered why I hadn’t eaten beets as a child as I recall there was usually always one jar of Del Monte’s in the fridge.  OMG, could it be mom was in love too and she wasn’t willing to share that jar with dad or eight children.  It was her private affair…I truly get it!

Beets are available year-round, but I heard that the best time to buy them is June through October, when they are at their most tender stage.  With that in mind let’s go for the sweet and spicy!

 

Sweet & Spicy Beet Spinach Salad

2 large red beets

1 large golden beet

2 cups small tender baby spinach leaves from a fresh bunch of spinach

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 tsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp agave sweetener

1/8 tsp ground allspice

Roast whole beets at 425 degrees about 60 minutes or until a knife can pass through the center of the beet.  Cool beets. Peel and dice into bit size cubes.

In a bowl, combine olive oil, vinegar, agave, and ground allspice. Add diced beets to dressing and mix gently.

Break tender baby spinach into smaller pieces and toss with the beets and dressing.  Chill and serve. Yields 4-6 servings.

Purple Passion Juice

30 May

Food for Life

I created this jump start your morning juice blend when I was on the Reboot Plan (raw juicing regime) a couple of months ago.  I was new to raw juicing and fascinated by the stand-alone  taste of crudites  to determine what flavors blend well.  I was surprised at how sweet green cabbage juice was when I tried it solo.  My guess was that purple cabbage juice would be equally as sweet…it was!  This combination of a purple cabbage, pineapple and grapes is energizing and refreshing, not to mention the health benefits…enjoy.

Purple Passion Juice

½ medium raw purple cabbage cut into chucks

½ medium fresh pineapple cut into chucks (discard the top and outside skin)

2 cups red or black seedless grapes

Feed cabbage, pineapple, and grapes into a juice extractor. I use the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer.  After all the fruit is juiced, chill the mixture in a glass jar before serving.  Yields about 24-32 ounces of juice.   Should be consumed in 24-48 hours. The pulp extractions are great for compost.

By the way, if you haven’t seen Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, I highly recommend it.  It’s available on Netflix or for free on http://www.hulu.com/watch/289122/fat-sick-and-nearly-dead

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