Beet Green Chimchurri with Roasted Potatoes
recipe by: katherine lesh
photos by: mikaela hamilton | http://www.mikaelahamilton.com/
Hey guys! I’m so excited to share with you this recipe. I went to a potluck years ago and someone brought beet green chimchurri and it basically made me go limp. Beet greens is one of the healthiest greens and not many people use them so I hope this recipe inspires you! Make a big batch of this in the beginning of the week and throw it on roasted veggies, meats, fish or even in salad. You can also sautee beet greens which is another great way to use them. Because our goal is to not waste any part of the food right?! ;)
Also, everyone got a spring garlic this week. These are super fun and they are a little more mild than normal garlic. Use the bulb and you can use about 4 inches of stems, similar to how you’d use leeks. Have a wonderful week!
Beet Green Chimchurri
1/2 bunch beet greens
2 bunches cilantro
7 cloves garlic, minced
1.5 cups olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
half a lemon juice
Chop up beet greens/cilantro and then pulse in food processor or blender until fine. Add to bowl.
Add in olive oil, minced garlic, sea salt, and lemon juice to bowl. Add as much chili flakes as you desire.
Let marinate for 10 minutes before adding it to your fish, chicken, or roasted veggies.
Easy Roasted Potatoes
2 lbs. potatoes, cubed (any variety seems to work)
1 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp garlic powder
Preheat oven to 500.
Cube potatoes and add to glass or ceramic baking sheet.
Pour olive oil onto potatoes, add sea salt and garlic powder and toss. Make sure the potatoes are entirely coated with the olive oil and seasonings.
Roast for 25 min. Take out and flip, and roast for an additional 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Enjoy with your favorite chimchurri or any other condiment.
10 Beet Benefits
1) ANTI-CANCER PROPERTIES
Beets contain powerful anti-cancer and antioxidant properties. The phytonutrients in beets called betalains have been shown to help protect the body from developing cancers such as lung, stomach, colon, and breast. As we shall see, beets also help with detoxification which helps to rid the body of potential toxins that could lead to cancer.
Cancer prevention studies have also demonstrated that the extract of red beetroot can be effective in suppressing the development of multi-organ tumors in experimental animals. One study compared red beetroot extract with the anti-cancer drug doxorubicin (adriamycin) on prostate cancer cells and in estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer cells. It found that beets had similar effects to chemotherapy in decreasing tumor growth.
2) ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES
Beets contain betaine compounds which work to fight off inflammation. Inflammation is at the heart of most chronic health conditions. Inflammation is implicated in diseases like cancer, heart disease, and autoimmune conditions. It also causes pain and irritation within the body especially with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.
Beets contain glutathione, which is essential for detoxification within the liver and other digestive organs. Glutathione is also referred to as the "master antioxidant." It neutralizes toxins and makes them water-soluble, allowing them to be exerted through urine and flushed out of the body. The betaine in beets also can help prevent and reduce the accumulation of fat in the liver. The liver is our body's main organ of detoxification.
4) CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
The high folate content in beets helps to break up homocysteine, a blood protein linked to heart disease and atherosclerosis. A study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that beets lowered LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels and helped to raise HDL ("good") cholesterol. Beets have been shown to lower blood pressure as well because they contain natural nitrates which encourage good circulation and relaxed vessels.
5) IMPROVED BRAIN FUNCTION
The nitrates in beets are thought to encourage blood flow to the brain as well. One study showed that blood flow increased to the frontal lobe, a region known to be involved with executive functioning skills like focus, organization, and attention to detail. The folate in beets may help delay dementia. Beet greens also contain a substantial amount of vitamin K which may protect against Alzheimer's.
6) EYE HEALTH
The carotenoids in beets make them a superfood for ocular health. Carotenoids include lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene. Beets have been shown to help prevent both macular degeneration and cataracts. Lutein is the yellow pigment that protects against certain eye diseases. Lutein (and vitamins A and C) can help prevent glaucoma by keeping eye pressure low. Zeaxanthin helps macular degeneration. Beta-carotene has been shown to protect corneal health and to promote good eyesight in general.
Beets are high in fiber. A cup of beets contains at least 4 grams of fiber. This amount of fiber is helpful in reducing constipation. It helps to sweep the digestive tract of waste and toxins while restoring healthy and regular bowel movements. Beets' insoluble fiber helps reduce the risk of hemorrhoids and diverticulitis, too. The betaine found in beets has also been shown to improve digestion in general.
8) IMPROVED SKIN
Beets are rich in folate and antioxidants. In studies, these were shown to decrease the depth and severity of skin wrinkles by 60%. Beets stimulate the production and repair of cells, which helps protect against premature aging.
Applied topically, beet juice can be beneficial. Beets can be pureed or blended and strained to get the juice. Topical treatments can also help reduce fine lines, limit blemishes, even out skin tone, and moisturize. Just dab some juice onto your face with a cotton ball. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then wash it off with a mild face wash.
9) PHYSICAL ENDURANCE
The natural nitrates in beets are known to boost energy and athletic performance and endurance. (These are not the "harmful" nitrates often associated with deli meat or cured meat products.) One study found that beets helped improve running stamina. Another study found that cyclists improved their times when they supplemented with beetroot juice. So it appears that eating beets may help with energy levels because their natural nitrates convert to nitric oxide, which can increase oxygen delivery to the body.
10) SEX DRIVE (yes I said it)
Beets have been considered an aphrodisiac in some cultures for many years. In much the same way that beets help with athletic endurance, they can also improve sex drive and performance in the bedroom. This is due to increased blood flow to the reproductive organs. Beets also contain high amounts of boron, a trace mineral that increases the level of sex hormones in the human body.
This is the best way to store cilantro.
1. cut one inch off stems.
2. place in cup of water and put a plastic bag over leaves.
3. leave in fridge.