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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Eat: Citrus Beet Salad with Avocado Dressing

My Great-Grandma was born in the Ukraine. She lived to be 102. She had fetish for beets. The colorful root vegetable contains powerful nutrient compounds that help protect the body against heart disease, and colon cancer. Beets are a great source of carotenoid, vitamin C, magnesium, and iron. Beets are a great natural anti-inflammatory; they help support the body in detoxification. Beets have a unique composition, they are low in calories just 42 per 100gr; and contain the highest sugar content of any vegetable. Beets are a great healthy way to boost energy.

Citrus Beet Salad
Hot Plus Cold

Hot Salad:
3 large red beets
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 red onion
1 Bunch Kale
1 cup mushrooms
1/4 cup orange juice
2 Tbsp lime juice
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp paprika
dash of salt

Cold Salad:
4 cups raw spinach
2 large oranges

Avocado Dressing:
1/2 cup ripe avocado 
3 cloves garlic minced
1/4 coconut cream (or other creamer)
1/4 cup lime juice
2 tbsp agave nectar
2 tbsp orange juice
1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 425 F. Wash the beets, and gently drizzle them with oil before wrapping them in tinfoil. Bake the beets for about an hour or until soft. Once cooked set aside to cool.

In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the dressing. Blend until to smooth. 

In large wok, heat the oil and add the onions. Stir the onions until soft, add the kale, lime juice, orange juice and salt. Cover for a few minutes or until the kale turns a bright green. Add the mushrooms, thyme and paprika. Check your beets; if they have cooled enough slice them up and add them to the wok. Stir well.

To assemble: 
Fill a large salad bowl with the spinach and the oranges. Add half of the avocado dressing. Slowly fold in the hot kale/beet mix. Add the remaining dressing, and toss well. 


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