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Beety beet spread (vegan)

 

There are many yummy and nutritious spreads called beet spread that are based on hummus beans, nuts, or yogurt/sour cream/cheese. I wanted to eat a beet spread that is based on beets, so this is the spread I was inspired to make. It’s yummy and nutritious!

Makes about  1 2/3 cups

Ingredients

1 2/3 cups chopped roasted beets

1 tsp chopped fresh ginger

1 tsp nutritional yeast

¼ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp ground cumin

1 ½ – 2 tsp balsamic vinegar

3 Tbsp olive oil

½  tsp salt

1-5 Tbsp water

Steps

  1. Place chopped beets and ginger in a food processor, and process until they are in small pieces, but not ground.
  2. Add the spices, balsamic vinegar, and oil, and process until the mixture looks uniform and somewhat easy to spread.
  3. Taste the mixture, and adjust spices and vinegar to taste.
  4. Add 1-2 Tbsp water, process the mixture, then check that the mixture is the right consistency for spreading. If it’s not, add more water and process until it reaches the consistency you like.

The beet spread is ready to use or store in the refrigerator.

Note

Every week, I roast 10-15 beets so that I’ll have a ready supply of roasted beets. I clean the beets well, leaving the skins intact, trimming the crown and tail, and cutting off hard parts and roots.

 

Creamy Ginger-Beet Soup (vegan)

Soup-creamy ginger beet

This soup is a healing soup, full of the force of its healing ingredients. If you’re not a ginger fan, skip this recipe because the ginger flavor is strong. You can add more garlic to increase the garlic flavor and effects (I would have used more when I made the recipe, but I had run out of garlic.)

This soup is especially helpful when healing from viral and prion infections. (I never heard of a prion infection until I spiritually received the instructions for this soup. A prion infection is not well understood, but it can be treated. Fortunately, prion infections are rare.)

This soup is great to eat at any time, especially when you’re feeling fine, because it’s yummy and nutritious!

Ingredients

Soup-creamy ginger beet ingredients

1 Tbsp olive oil or other vegetable oil

1 large onion, chopped

2 bay leaves

2 medium garlic cloves, chopped

1 large piece of ginger chopped (2-3 Tbsp)

4 beets, peeled and chopped (equal to 4 cups)

1 tsp dried tarragon

2 medium white potatoes, peeled and chopped (equal to 3 cups)

7 cups water

1 Tbsp tahini paste (from whole sesame seeds is best)

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp white pepper

Additional salt and pepper to taste

Steps

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil on medium heat and sauté the chopped onion and bay leaves for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chopped garlic and ginger, and sauté for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the chopped beets and mix well, then add the tarragon and mix well.
  4. Add the water and white potatoes.
  5. Bring the soup to a boil, lower the heat, cover, and cook for 40-50 minutes (the smaller the pieces of beets and potatoes, the quicker the soup cooks).
  6. Check that the beet pieces are soft. If they aren’t soft, cook for 10 minutes more.
  7. Remove the two bay leaves, then stir in the tahini paste, salt and pepper.
  8. Remove from heat, then puree. Taste and correct the seasonings. if needed.
Servings: 6-8

Beet-rich quinoa (vegan)

 

Quinoa and beets

Tasty, nutritious side dishes add color and variety to a meal. The combination of quinoa and beets in this yumtritious recipe nourishes the body and entertains the senses.

Makes 8-ish cups

Ingredients

3 Tbsp cold-pressed sunflower oil (or other mild tasting oil)

2 cups white quinoa, rinsed

2 medium size beets, peeled and chopped small

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/4  tsp ginger powder

1 Tbsp fresh ginger, chopped small

4 cups water

1 tsp coarse salt

1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted

1 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Steps

  1. In a medium-large pot, heat the oil then add the quinoa and chopped beets. Cook, stirring at regular intervals until the beets are blended in with the quinoa so that the quinoa is a uniform shade of pink (8-10 minutes).
  2. Add the oregano and stir for 1 minute.
  3. Add the ginger powder and stir for 1 minute.
  4. Add the chopped, fresh ginger and stir for 1 minute.
  5. Add the water. As soon as the water boils, lower the heat and cover. Cook for 28-30 minutes. The water should be complete absorbed and the quinoa should be somewhat stuck to the bottom of the pot, without burning. Remove the pot from the heat.
  6. Stir in the salt and toasted slivered almonds.
  7. Wait 5 minutes and then stir in the chopped parsley.

Variations

When I originally made the recipe, I used 1/3 cup slivered almonds. The addition of the crunch to the dish is nice so I upped the amount to 1/2. If you prefer less almonds, reduce the amount to 1/3.

If you like fresh cilantro, use 1/2 cup parsley and 1/2 cup cilantro.

Beet-rich quinoa