This recipe was inspired by my private Vegan Health Fix Coaching Group for our "Leafy Greens Every Day Some Way" challenge. I love beets, but want to get away from having them slathered in olive oil and garlic, opting for a fresher, more whole food way of eating them instead. For this for this challenge, I wanted to also use the beet greens in a new way. And so this beautiful, soft toss of Beets & Greens was born and paired with quinoa to make it a meal.
Eating these colors this way makes for a fat-blasting, disease-fighting meal that cleans you inside and out.
Vegan Cooking Level: Beginner
1 small bunch beets with greens attached
2 cups spinach
1/3 cup quinoa cooked in 2/3 cup water, cooled
optional: 1/4 cups nuts (walnuts, pecans or almonds)
1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. maple syrup
How to toss it together:
Step 1: Trim off tops and roots from beets and rinse. Place in boiling water for about 45 minutes at a medium boil, until a knife slips easily through. Drain and cool.
Step 2: In a small pot, combine the quinoa and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover for 15 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes more covered. then fluff with a fork and let cool.
Step 3: While the quinoa and beets are cooking, remove the thick stalks from the leaves and submerge leaves in water to remove any dirt and grit. then spin or dry thoroughly
Hint: If leaves have wilted, bring them back to life by submerging stalks with leaves in room temperature water for an hour before using.
Step 4: Also while the beets and quinoa are cooking, whisk up the splash by combining all the ingredients in a measuring cup and whisk until thoroughly combined.
Step 5: Assemble the spinach, beet greens and any other leaves (I added some peppery arugula) on a cutting board and chop into 1-inch strips. Repeat crosswise until you have a feathery chopped mound of greens. Place in a bowl.
Step 6: Remove the beet skins by sliding fingers against them as they come away easily(similar to remove egg shells from hard-boiled eggs). Slice beets thinly. Slice in half.
Hint: I use my Zyliss 2-in-1 slicer I use my slicer to get very thin, uniform results bu this is definitely not necessary.
Step 7: Add the beets and quinoa to the bowl of greens and fluff gently to combine with your fingers. Add the splash and toss with tongs gently. Sprinkle with nuts if desired.
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