Beets - Beautiful & Delicious!

I'm really enjoying my CSA bag this summer! It is the first time we've had access to a Community Supported Ag project in our little college town ... and it is the college students who have launched it. It is delightful to see them each week, but more delightful to see what secret ingredients are in my bag! 

This past week the bag contained the prettiest little beets! I'm sure I don't have to tell you how healthy beets are ... and I love them!

I also love beet greens and most people I know have never even tasted them. I trimmed the tops from the beets and wrapped them in foil ... baked them at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. They were tiny. When they are done, all you have to do is run them under cold water and the peels skin right off when they are that small. I had quickly fried a beef minute steak in just a tiny bit of olive oil, then sauteed a handful of mushrooms to go along with it. I threw a few beet greens right in that empty skillet while it was still hot and tossed them around in the mist of oil that was left, added the whole beets to the skillet ... heated everything through and drizzled a little Balsamic reduction sauce on them.

I love to cook, but I don't spend much time in the kitchen when it is hot. If it cannot be cooked outside on the grill, it gets cooked in less than thirty minutes in the kitchen! I'm a big fan of minute steaks, pork and beef, and dust them with just a little bit of flour and seasonings before I quickly sear them in a skillet. I keep lots of spice combinations on hand and this time I used my favorite Mexican spices ... a little Mexican oregano, chipotle powder and cumin.

Be sure you eat your beets ... I'm sharing this post with a couple parties listed on my side bar, but stick around my home page before you click through! Hope you are enjoying the beginning of summertime!

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