Friday, February 12, 2010

Be Still My "Beeting" Heart

Beets, who likes beets?!? I do. They come in different colors, did you know that? They range from deep red to pink. The golden beet is yellow on the inside and when cooked turns a beautiful orange. It has to make you smile. And if that isn't enough-- beets are full of good things for you: potassium, vitamin C, fiber, iron, antioxidants and betaines. Dave Lieberman recently said it may be nature's multivitamin, check his full article out here.

There are a few downsides to beet preparation. They bleed. When I made my recipe for Red Beet Buns from Healthy Bread in Five Minutes A Day I did take a few precautions and all went well and the red juice on my food processer was more than worth the delicious outcome.

I made heart shaped bread (sort of a pita type bread) and some tiny buns. The sandwiches were a complete hit, in fact we'll be dining on these for Valentine's Day. Who can resist a heart shaped sandwich that is truly good for you and your heart?

While the processor was out I made the fixings for wonderful chicken and beet dinner. I got my organic beets from Whole Foods and they actually had some great greens on them. The recipe comes from the Epicurious site and I followed it fairly closely and enjoyed every bite, including the leftovers the next day. Hard to "beet" a 20 minute dinner that cooks up in one cast iron pot.

Please stop in at Michelle's blog and see what other bakers in the HBin5 have done with this wonderful vegetable bread.

22 comments:

  1. Oh Cristie! Beautiful photos. I love the beet bread and the chicken and beets look fabulous. I love beets!!!!

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  2. OH my gosh Christie! The heart-shaped pita breads are such a great idea...I love it! Not surprised the heart shaped pink sandwiches were a hit, I'd love to have one right now!

    Great..Super..Fantastic Job!

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  3. These were beautiful ideas. Maybe I'll pick some up for this weekend. And beets can help your pancreas ... beet juice works especially well.

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  4. I love the title to this post! Your bread and rolls are such a beautiful color. You definitely can't beat a healthy and delicious beet meal like this! (Pun very much intended.)

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  5. i could not "beet" having a better friend!!!! happy valentine's day!

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  6. Makes me so excited to plant my beets when spring comes - and to find all the best ways of using them with you!

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  7. I am all for an all beet post! Love 'em.
    You are so creative!

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  8. Your heart shaped pita's are gorgeous and so are the buns. Love the color!

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  9. Your heart shaped breads are so nice, and the buns are beautiful. I got my beets a Whole Foods also and was wondering what to do with the greens. Now I know!

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  10. YOur breads look beautiful and have a wonderful colour. We just don't like the vegetable. :(

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  11. I just made pitas but not heart shaped - those are so great!

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  12. I'm not a beet lover, but the bread is gorgeous! I'm sure I'd love it!

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  13. oh wow your did great with the beets fun post

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  14. I love the colour of beets...your images are so lovely. I am sure that bread is amazing. xoxo

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  15. Hard to 'beet' a dnner as good as this Cristie. Mmmm... how inventive. Love everything, and would give anyhting to nibble a hearty sandwich just now!

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  16. Nice to see another beet lover. Your pitas are da bomb.

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  17. What a great post! I love the heart-shaped pita bread. You can't "beet" it!

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  18. Great job on your bread! I didn't make the red beet buns but you made them look so good I wish I had!

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  19. I love beetroot, and have tried them in some slightly weird and wonderful ways. But I had never thought of putting them in bread. Your heart shaped pitas are a work of Valentines genius! I could eat beetroot pita any day of the week :)

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  20. Heart shaped beet pita bread? Very hard to "beet" ahahaha. Seriously though, very gorgeous!

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  21. it's very beautifful. i love it :D

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