You cannot ‘beet’ giving your loved one the gift of health this Valentine’s day, so here is a fun little idea to help you out :). Beets contain fiber and potassium and are an excellent source of folate, which is necessary for the production and maintenance of new cells. Researchers believe the red pigment (called betacyanin) in beets could protect against the development of cancerous cells and may play a role in reducing the inflammation associated with heart disease. And on top of all of that, one of the first known uses of beets was by the ancient Romans, who used them medicinally as an aphrodisiac… soooooo, Happy Valentines Day to you and yours <3!
- 4 Tbsp chopped walnuts, toasted
- 1 lb beets (red, golden or a combination of both), roasted and sliced – check out a great tutorial here
- 3 cups arugula or mixed salad greens
- ¼ cup fennel, sliced
- Prepared Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing
- ¼ cup feta cheese, cubed or crumbled – goat cheese is great too!
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut off ends and green of beets and roast (wrapped in foil) for 45 minutes. Roast longer if needed. You should be able to easily pierce a knife through the center of the beet.
- Remove beets to let them cool. Lay walnuts on a baking sheet (you can line it with foil or parchment paper for easy clean-up). Roast walnuts until they start to brown and smell toasted, 5 to 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, once beets are cooled enough to handle, rinse under cool water to peel off skin and then thinly slice. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter create heart shaped beets and set aside.
- Combine arugula (or mixed greens), fennel and walnuts. Mix with dressing.
- Place the mixed ingredients onto the serving dish & set the heart shaped beets around the dish. Top with cheese of choice.
- Serve with lots of LOVE!
Here is another fun little idea of how to serve your beets, courtesy of NoBiggie.