Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Beet full meal ideas- Series 1: Beet Oatmeal,Beet Pancakes,Beet Parathas and Beet Pasta


How often do you eat beets?I bought this bunch of beets after I don't know how many months.Often times we avoid beets because of the mess it creates or out of ideas to use them in our daily meals.What ever might be the reason,think again,this gorgeous vegetable of the Mediterranean origin is considered a powerhouse of nutrition from root to its leaves.Raw beet juice is said to be good for treating some form of cancers.The good source of folate can prevent birth defects in pregnant women.The leaves are next only to spinach in its nutrition.
Not very practical to eat them raw,but there are numerous ways to incorporate this wonder veggie in your daily meals.In the Series 1 are the recipes with Beet Puree,which are sure to change your perspective about cooking with beets.

How to cook beets?
Stove Top Method
Rinse the beets under cold water.Transfer them to pot or pressure cooker,fill in water until all the beets are completely immersed.Cover and cook on medium heat,takes about 40-45 minutes in a pot and 20-25 minutes in a pressure cooker to be fork tender. Drain all the water,peel ,slice and serve in salads or soups .Or add 1/2 a cup of water and puree in a blender,can be used in gravies,baking breads,muffins or in parathas(flatbread) and pancakes.
Conventional Oven Method
Preheat Oven to 400F. Lay beets on a sheet lined with aluminum foil and coat with little olive oil and let bake for about 35-40 minutes until tender. Let cool for 10 minutes then peel and chop or slice.


Beet Pancakes with Pomegranate Syrup

Ingredients
1 1/4 cup Whole wheat flour
1 cup Reduced fat milk or soy milk
1/4 cup beet puree
1/4 cup dried cherries or raisins,chopped
2 tablespoons Olive oil
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Makes about 15 pancakes.

For Pomegranate syrup
1 cup pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon sugar

Method
Make the syrup by reducing the juice with sugar until half its original quantity.

sift together the flour, baking powder,baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl.Add in the puree,milk and combine well using a whisk until smooth free of lumps.
Heat non stick pan on medium flame. Grease it lightly with oil . Pour one ladle of batter drizzle about a little oil all over and wait for a minute before flipping and let it cook for another minute.Repeat the same for the rest of the batter.Stack the pancakes and drizzle the syrup and enjoy!



Beet Oatmeal

I usually serve this to my toddler,but really any body who loves to start the day with a bowl of oatmeal should try flavoring with beets,for added nutrition.

Ingredients
1 cup oats ,quick cooking or original
1 tablespoon Beet puree
1 1/2 cup water or Organic reduced fat milk or soy milk
1 teaspoon maple syrup(optional)
A handful of any preferred dry fruits and nuts.

Method
Bring the water or milk to boil in a small saucepan,add the oats,cook as per the package instructions.When cooked ,turn off the heat,mix in the beet puree and serve with a drizzle of honey and sprinkle of dry or fresh fruits and nuts.


Beet Parathas

I got this brilliant idea of adding beets in parathas from Dershana's recipe,a delightful nourishing variation for a family that eats parathas for 2 meals of the day.
Ingredients
2 cups Whole wheat flour
2 tablespoon Beet Pure
1 tablespoon milled flax seed
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin olive oil(EVOO)
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1 cup water

Method
Prepare the dough:Add all the dry ingredients in mixing bowl,combine them. Make a well in the middle pour in the water ,beet puree and oil. Mix until the dough is smooth ,knead for couple of minutes and let rest for about 10minutes before rolling in to parathas.
Rolling and Roasting the Paratha:Divide the dough in to about 10-12 portions and roll in to balls. Sprinkle a little flour(I prefer All purpose flour) on the rolling surface. Use a rolling pin to roll them in to round parathas.See here for a pictorial paratha recipe.
Preheat an iron pan(Tava) or non stick pan at medium high flame. Roast the parathas flip once and spread little bit of oil and flip again after few seconds. For softer parathas use a spatula or a kitchen towel to lightly press and roll them around the pan. Parathas are ready to serve when slightly brown on both sides. A curry in a hurry is perfect with these parathas.


Beet Almond Lemon Pasta

How could I resist the pretty in pink pasta recipe of another Healthnut, Bharti.The zesty pasta became instant favorite of my boys.The elder one was a little reluctant,the big guy knows pink is meant to be for girls,but after having a bite quickly changed his mind in favor of this pink food.
I excluded dairy from the recipe and used almonds instead.

Ingredients
1/2 a pound Whole grain Penne pasta,use any kind
1/2 a medium onion,finely chopped
1 big clove garlic,minced
1/2 a cup Beet puree
1/4 cup roasted Almonds,coarsely ground or processed
2 tablespoon lemon juice,freshly squeezed
1 teaspoon lemon zest.
1/4 teaspoon black pepper or red chilly powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive oil
2 tablespoon fresh herbs like cilantro or parsley,finely chopped.

Method
Cook the pasta as per the package instructions.

Heat the oil on medium heat,add the onions,saute for 3-4 minutes until lightly brown,add the garlic ,saute another minute.Add the almonds,beet puree,salt and the pepper,stir in 2 tablespoons of water allow the mixture to warm up ,then mix in the cooked pasta.Finally add in the herbs,lemon juice and the zest ,combine well and serve.


This pink series of foods are off to Food In Colors,a food event started by talented Sunshinemom.Hosting the pretty pink is Priya of Priya's Easy n Tasty Recipes

57 comments:

Happy cook said...

Well after not buing for months you have been indulging in them.
I never have cooked fresh beet, i do buy often, which you can get them in bottles and use them in my sandwithces.
I love the colour of the dishes.

Cham said...

Beet oatmeal looks fantastic!

david santos said...

Brilliant postin.
Good menu and good food. Congrats!
Happy Day!!!

JASMINA said...

Oh beet pancakes :)?I'd never come up with the idea.
I hope you're doing fine and I send you a kiss,kiss :)...

Sweta said...

Amazing ideas-I usually just stick to the usual:
a)Beetroot 'porriyal'
b)Beetroot sambar
c)Beetroot salad-we love this(with lots of lime juice)
d)Beetroot leaves in dal(like dal palak)
e)Beetroot+carrot+pomegrante juice
Hat's off to you Yasmeen for all these innovative ideas!

Smitha said...

Very intresting stuff. I buy beets often and have them atleast once a week. Will try out these.

Keerthana said...

Everything looks delicious!had tried everything except the pancakes. got to try them now.thanks for the idea:)

Shama Nagarajan said...

wow...wonderful yummy healthy recipes dear

Ann said...

Truly innovative..All of them are interesting..me usually end up with dry fry or some with curd..

Sunshinemom said...

Tasty treats!! Yasmeen, you made me feel really guilty asking that first question!! I hate beets and have them maybe once in two months that too because I suffer sever guilt pangs:) It is truly a nutrition powerhouse and I love Bharti's pink pasta too!!

Zee said...

WOW!!! Lovely ideas..I especially loved Beet Pancakes the most..
Just wanted to share...been waiting to make that pomegranate ice-cream..after few days when eventually I could not find pomegranates I ended up using beet instead..(yes we don't get pome too over here..sigh)..it turned out great though:D...also made your Apricot Trifle..simply awsum!

Poornima Nair said...

We buy beets each week, everyone loves it at my place. I usually make a subzi or parathas. Loved the idea of pancakes. Will surely try them soon.

Sathya Sankar said...

Love the dishes with beets, i make parathas and pasta....will try your oats and pancake :)

Asha said...

I often buy Beets, we all love it. I made Parathas before with it, love the color. I saw a Upma with Beets in other blog,so yummy. Pancakes I could try, easy. Looks great Yasmeen. I know it's a bit messy but very tasty! :)

Vicky Xavier. said...

Never seen so many uses for beets. personally I like beets very much for its color and sweet taste. But never went beyond stir fry and salad.
Hereafter i can make more dishes with it. Lovely pictures. U r very creative dear:)

Lavanya said...

all are looking fabulous yasmeen..i like your ideas :)

Mrs.Kannan said...

Wonderful innovative ideas..love the color of the beets...Great way to cook beets

Sara said...

What great ways to use beets! I often cook with yellow beets, they're not as messy :)

Mediterranean kiwi said...

we arent as creative with beets as you have been - in crete, we usually eat them as a salad, either boiled or in a yoghurt sauce.

Trupti said...

wow Yasmeen so many beet dishes. All dishes looks mouthwatering & healthy too..

meeso said...

Wow, lots of great dishes with beets! Everything looks so good!

Priya said...

OMG, Yasmeen am speechless, wat a lovely array of rose dishes, i love specially the beet oatmeal, very creative!!!Thanks for sending FIC..

Curry Leaf said...

Love the dishes,very healthy and delicious.Love the pink pasta and he oatmeal esp.I usually stick to traditional beet recipes,but never ever tried atleast one of these.Too perfect and too good Y.You have given an entire menu.

Bharti said...

Pink everything! You really went all the way Yasmeen. I esp. love the pancakes. I'm gonna make them the next time I pick up beets. The kids will be so psyched with pink pancakes. Thanks a bunch.

Varsha Vipins said...

wow..am loving all those..what gorgeous colors..I just had some beet stir fry for lunch..:)

Gita's Kitchen said...

Wow so many lovely beet recipes! The pancakes must be a sure winner with your kids and its good for them too :) I usually have oatmeal in the mornings...thanks for the healthy idea of adding beets to oatmeal Yasmeen!

Vibaas said...

Love all the recipes, Yasmeen. Great ideas. I don't buy the beets for the same reason - mess. but with so many new ideas, i dont think i'll resist buying them anymore :)

Archy said...

All beets recipes.. looks so gud an healthy.. tempting pics !!

Selba said...

The color looks so beautiful!

jayasree said...

Lovely ways to include beets. Liked the pancake very much. Even I have a similar post on beets. Will post it soon.

aquadaze said...

Lovely array yasmeen! I cook regularly with beets, love them...in fact I've even made a cake with beets..and no one knew!

Cynthia said...

I'll definitely be monitoring this series. I am yet to try cooking with beets.

mona said...

I liked the beet pancakes idea. I love to have pancakes as my weekend breakfast and adding beets to the batter is really an innovative and delicious idea!

Sharmila said...

Oh thank you, thank you Yasmeen for this treasure trove .. I usually pick up beets ... let them shrivel up in the fridge ... never knowing what to do with them .. they change the colour of anything you add them to. :-)
Am going to try every recipe here. :-)

sangeeta said...

hey, the beet pancake looks yum.
you know i was planning a lot of beet recipes to post in a few days.....what a coincidence that it came from you as well.....
my garden is having a lot of beets right now n i am cooking it in many ways......all that will come up in the coming days......

Meenal Mehta said...

hi Yasmeen,

great blog and such healthful beet recipes..Iam very impressed :))

visit me sometime at Meenal's kitchen

-Meenal

RAKS KITCHEN said...

What a colour! And I love beet parathas:)
The picture of the pancake looks great!

EC said...

I just love beets..although I always make a simple sabzi by boiling it and adding salt..loved ur varieties with beet

MR said...

wow!!
it ia all abt the beets
great dishes
my first time here
u have a great blog
feel free to drop by my blog

AnuSriram said...

Wow.. thats a lovely pinky spread... Pancakes are fabulous!

Selba said...

Hi Yasmeen, please pick up your award here :)

Malar Gandhi said...

I liked the beet pasta, gorgeous and inviting...

Vidhya said...

First time here... really a colorful blog your have:) Bookmarking all your beet recipes...visit mine if you get a chance http://iyercooks.blogspot.com

Muneeba said...

Y'know, I always thought nothing could "beat" (sorry) my beet risotto BUT I stand corrected ... your beet creations look way more interesting and innovative than mine. KUDOS Yasmeen!!

vidhas said...

All the receipes are mouthwatering and creative. Awesome click as ususal.

amy said...

Hi,
Just wanted to drop in a line and let you know of the “Baking Event –Calling all Foodies” hosted by me at the foodie site www.ifood.tv. You are invited to be part of this event that aims to unite bloggers to some great baking this month. The details are all here http://www.ifood.tv/blog/baking_event_calling_all_foodies

Sia said...

simply brillient and so pretty pink colours. thanks yasmeen for informative post on beets.

notyet100 said...

yummy post yasmeen,..loved all of them,..:-),..u r so innovative,..

Preety said...

wow nice recipes to make a good use to beetroot..i haven't tried beetroot yet..but i love the color

Prathibha said...

So many Innovative items with beet!!!
looks yummy...

n33ma said...

Look at that beautiful color......only recently I have started to enjoy beets.....everything looks delicious and beautiful.

Maggie said...

I like raw shredded beets but after overindulging one year I can't stand pieces of cooked beet. The pasta with lemon and almonds sound great! I haven't tried beet puree yet and this looks like a great dish.

Tarannum said...

Everything looks delicious. I have a couple of beets in the refrigerator and I was wondering what to do with them. I'll try the pasta first.

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Amy said...

I love that you love beets! I am always looking for new ways to use them...I will certainly be trying your beet, almond and lemon pasta which looks particularly pretty!

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