Since I talked about beets a few days ago, I wanted to share a versatile recipe that can be adapted for different types of meals. To make this recipe, you will need a Spiralizing tool of some kind. If you’re using a hand crank style, it may not work properly since beets are quite firm. If you have one that attaches to your counter, you should be able to make these beets without a problem. I shopped around quite a bit when I bought my spiralizer, and I decided on the Spirooli because it attached to the counter using suction cups, was very inexpensive, and worked really well with pretty much any food I tried to crank through it. If you’re wondering, I paid $14.99 for it at Bed Bath and Beyond (with the 20% of coupon the store offers). I looked at fancier versions and hand crank styles, but if this one gets the job done, why pay tons more? There are lots of other models on the market, so feel free to shop around and find one that works for your personal needs.
Back to the beets. This recipe works for any color beet, so choose the ones that appeal to you the most. My husband and I like the golden and chioggia beets the most. Sometimes we will do all golden, all chioggia, or a combination of the two colors. The colors are rich and beautiful! When I cook beets this way, I take the tops and both ends off. Then I peel them. I spiralize my beets and add them to a pan on my stove top. They only take 8-10 minutes to cook, so this recipe is not long or complicated. The idea is that these replace your pasta or other high carbohydrate starch. This gives you less carbs, more veggies in your diet, and more nutrients in the meal. The noodles are long so you can twirl them on your fork like spaghetti. You can add a protein of your choice to these noodles and even more vegetables! For example, I might do turkey meatballs with beet noodles and roasted broccoli and spinach (this picture to the right is that meal). The meal is nutritious, colorful, and flavorful! Last week I made golden beet noodles with breaded chicken and french cut green beans. Once you start trying veggie noodles, you’ll be hooked! The picture below is golden beet noodles mixed with collard green ribbons. Colorful, delicious and packed with nutrients!