beet fries

Time to attack the beets, of which I have many.

Tonight for dinner we had oven roasted beet fries, which were very quick, very easy and really tasty. Ate these with some trout and tossed greens. Very satisfying dinner.

The beet fries inspiration came from the LCBO’s Food & Drink. Here is the full recipe, which is actually for a mix of beet and sweet potato fries. I intended to make just that, but went to the pantry for a sweet potato tonight and discovered that, after having gone on a sweet potato bender lately, we have used them all up. So just beets it was.

Here’s the jist: cut your beets into one-cm sticks (this works nicely if you have some massive beets that would take forever to roast whole). Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread out on a cookie sheet covered in parchment. Make sure they’re not touching each other. Cook in 400F oven for 20 minutes. Remove, flip them over, and cook another 20 minutes. And that’s it. Great with some kind of aioli, as the recipe suggests, whether you use store-bought or homemade mayonnaise or some kind of Nayonnaise or Vegenaise — whatever your belly desires.

black spanish radish

– Dinah Murdoch lives, eats and writes in Kitchener.

finishing off the food


Well, we’ve worked our way through much of the bag already, which is probably good, as the next one is just a day or two away.

Eggplant went on pizza, zucchini in muffins, one sweet potato and the tomatoes for baby’s pasta sauce, apples and carrots have gone toward weekday lunches, melon for breakfasts and popsicles, and garlic here and there. Which left only:

– beans, which were steamed on Sunday night and eaten with slow cooker chicken and rice

beans

– cilantro, half of which garnished our coconut-peanut slow cooker chicken and half of which we’ll add to some sort of taco-ish meal tomorrow night

cilantro

– beets and sweet potatoes, which we’ll leave for awhile until I’m feeling inspired. The lovely thing about root vegetables is they’re happy to wait.

Beet greens, on the other hand, need using up sooner than later. Here are a couple of ideas. If they begin to take a turn for the worse before you can figure out how you want to use them, you can always just wash, stem and steam them, squeeze out the excess water and stuff them in the freezer. Then add them to lasagna or anything you might otherwise add frozen spinach to.

beets

I have also pureed beet greens after steaming (with a little of that lovely purpley steam water) and frozen them in ice cube trays. I sneak a cube into my son’s food here and there — in with a bowl of carrot puree or even into a smoothie. Poor kid

– Dinah Murdoch lives, eats and writes in Kitchener.