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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Quick Microwave-able Beets

We had so much fun today - Sunday is our "Family Fun Day" - just the three of us hang out and do a bunch of things together that we don't get to do during the week. Early this morning, we dressed up in sweaters and took a walk, then came home, hung out, and then got ready to go for a late lunch. There is this (relatively) new restaurant by our house called Kavikas - it's mostly upscale bar food, but it was soooo good. Afterwards, we went over to the Aquarium of the Pacific. The aquarium is something we usually do only occasionally, but we decided to drop in and see what was new. There is this exhibit there called the Lorikeet Forest and there are all these free-flying Lorikeets. You can feed them, but Miss No-No and I never do (since they may bite if you jerk or jump when they land on you). HOWEVER, Mr. No-No was not at all worried. He ended up having this one bird alllll over him - even on his head!! And then, out of nowhere, this bird started gnawing on his ear (!) and poor Mr. No-No didn't know how to get him off without getting hurt!!! :(  They ended up sending over their sudo-EMT person to take care of him (and he also got a free plush - lol).

Beets are in season right now - and we are loaded down with them!!! :) This recipe is a quick and easy way to make beets (which usually need to be cooked for about 45 minutes on the stove top to get them tender).

Microwave Beets

1 bunch of beets
olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
lemon juice or balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper
Peel beets and cut into 1/2" dice. Place in a glass microwave-able dish and cover with water. Microwave beets for approximately 8 - 10 minutes (or use your "fresh vegetable" setting on your microwave). Remove beets from microwave, drain, and let cool for a few minutes. Drizzle the beets with olive oil, a small amount of vinegar or lemon juice, add garlic and salt and pepper (to taste) and mix. Serve and enjoy!!!

I served this with some sauteed rainbow chard (1 clove of garlic, minced, in olive oil, add sliced chard, saute for a minute, add 1-2 Tbs water, cover and steam for 5 minutes, remove lid and cook off most of the water) and a chicken-style gardenburger.
The whole dinner takes about 15 minutes and is delicious and nutritious!

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Have a great week!
More later!! :)