I know a lot of people grew up despising beets. Why, I can’t really understand. Maybe it was the way our parents and grandparents prepared them: straight from the can.
Well, Chefs grow up in order to avoid this type of situation, canned vegetables that is. Admittedly, I have been to some nice restaurants, and their beets are nothing to talk twice about. Maybe their chefs still use canned beets?
Not to beet a dead horse, but Mäni’s doesn’t use canned beets, or really any other vegetable, except for tomatoes when we make roasted salsa. Canning vegetables involves high heat and long cooking times. These two elements can destroy the nutritional value in foods.
So, needless to say, we are making a fresh beet salad. The beets are lightly cooked, then shredded and marinated in a balsamic goat cheese marinade. We then take this awesome beet mixture, and put it on a round 9-grain crouton, layered with goat cheese. The goat cheese, crouton and beet are placed on a bed of arugula with a Mexican papaya, mango, and pineapple salsa and drizzled with red beet vinaigrette.
Beets are reported to have cancer protecting elements. How does it do it? The purple pigment in beets, betacyanin, is a powerful cancer fighting agent. Other elements also increase anti-oxidant enzymes in the liver, which is where most free radicals (see our glossary on greenage) are generated. These enzymes are what protects us from the effects of free radicals.
And, as if the beets aren’t enough already, the arugula is an excellent source of greens that aids in digestion, prevention of certain cancers, and is high in vitamin c and calcium. It’s already become one of our most popular salads.
Get Fresh! Beet It! Go Green With Mäni’s.
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