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SOS Kitchen Challenge: BEETS–The Roundup!

It’s time for the very first SOS (Sweet or Savory) Kitchen Challenge Roundup! 

When Kim and I first introduced the first SOS Kitchen Challenge last month, we decided to choose an ingredient that we both liked and that would suit both our specialized diets.  But we had no idea so many of you also adored the ruby root as much as we do! 

We were also blown away by the immense originality, innovation and culinary creativity in so many of the recipes we received.  And so many beet based dessert recipes–you folks sure know the way to this girl’s heart.  😉

Thanks to everyone who participated in this, our first, event.  We’re looking forward to many more great roundups of your recipes!

And so, let’s get right to it.  Feast your eyes on these amazing beet-based dishes: 

The Sweet:

Chaya from The Comfy Cook (New York) has created a stunning sweet Beet Nut Bread with grated beets that look like little ruby gems in each slice.  The bread is gluten free and easily made vegan.

Claire from Bok Choy Bohemia created an innovative, colorful Golden Beet Dessert Lasagna.  The briliant gold, red and yellow of this dish really do evoke thoughts of summer sunshine and sunsets. Claire’s naturally-sweetened dessert is also gluten free, vegan, and sugar free. 

Another sweet invention comes from Alchemille of Alchemille’s Secret Garden (California).  She created a Super Natural Beet and Lavender Sorbet, which she then froze into popsicles for a sweet beety treat! These are grain free, dairy free, nut free, egg free, and sugar free. 

Shayne of Eat a Vegan (Illinois) offers us another incredibly inventive sweet treat using our favorite root: Beet Snowballs! These yummy bites are a coconut-covered orbs filled with nutritional goodness and the flavor of a sweet.  What could be better? Vegan, sugar free and gluten free.

 

Here’s an inventive Peanutty-Beet Soufflé from Gaby of La Reina Batata (Houston). Gaby combined a classic nut butter and the brilliance of beets for one yummy dessert (even if it isn’t bright purple, as she hoped).

Aubree Cherie of Living Free (Kennet Square, PA) contributed a visually stunning, sweet  raw beet slaw. A newbie to beets, Aubree declares her love of the raw veg–and created this masterpiece. This sweet slaw is gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and sugar free.

My co-host Kim’s take on a sweet beet recipe are these amazing Dairy Free Beet and Cherry Creamsicles.  The color is stunning and they sound like just the thing for the warm weather that’s around the corner! They’re gluten free, vegan, and ACD-friendly.

My own sweet contribution is my Brilliantly Beet Smoothie, a quick and easy breakfast (or any time) magenta beverage that’s refreshingly delicious. Vegan, nut free, gluten free and ACD-friendly.

And the Savory:

Johanna of Green Gourmet Giraffe (Melbourne) was our first entrant for this challenge with Beetroot, Greens and Chickpea Curry.  This mild curry sounds like a perfect dinner with chickpeas, beet greens, coconut milk and tomatoes plus some aromatic spices. As Johanna says, this savory curry is also “effortlessly vegan and gluten free,” and goes well with brown rice.  

Scrumptious from In My Box (California) submitted this Russian Beet Salad, or Vinegret, based on a salad she used to eat as a student in Russia. The addition of potato and peas (plus another secret ingredient) makes this particularly intriguing. The sweet-savory recipe is gluten-free, nut-free and vegan.

Aubree also cooked up a batch of yummy Burgers that Can’t Be Beet, an adaptation of the beet burgers that kicked off this event.  Aubree’s use amaranth, rice flakes and a bunch of interesting seasonings to make the burgers her own. They’re gluten free, vegan, dairy free and sugar free. 

Hannah from Bittersweet offered up this amazing Golden Carrot Soup. Doesn’t it look incredibly rich and creamy, even without added cream? Hannah’s soup is sweet enough to suggest dessert–but would be a great savory addition to your meal. The soup is gluten free, vegan and sugar free.

Alisa from One Frugal Foodie cooked up a clever Pepperoni Beet Rice and Greens.  Alisa thinks the beet greens in this dish confer a mild flavor, like spinach.  And the beet “pepperoni” smells just like the real thing as it cooks!  Her savory dish is vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free and low sugar.

These Tarragon Pickled Beets from Mom of Gluten-Free Edge are both sweet and savory.  Based on a Harvard-style recipe, the beets would make a great accompaniment to just about anything. This sweet and savory dish is gluten free, nut free, soy free and sugar free.

Chaya (New York) from My Sweet or Savory (gotta love that blog name!) contributed a second recipe in this dish of Orange Beets with Almonds, which can be either sweet or savory, depending on seasonings.  And this is perfect for those quick dinners at home–a single-serving recipe! It’as also gluten free and sugar free, easily vegan (use vegan butter).

Ellen from I Am Gluten Free sent in this wonderful savory Curried Beet Salad, a medley of contrasting flavors, textures and colors that sounds divine.  It’s gluten free, sugar free and dairy free and vegan.

 

Lindsay from Kitchen Operas (Toronto) welcomes spring with this vibrant Magenta Beet and Lentil Salad inspired by a recipe from Mark Bittman. Thes salad is very versatile and allows for many variations.  It’s also gluten free, nut free, and vegan.

Rachel from My Munchable Musings (Sammamish, WA) brings us not one, but two incredible beet dishes, both with roasted beets:  the first is a savory Beets with Pistachio Butter (does that not sound divine?) that’s gluten free, vegan, and sugar free:

 

She also served up this magical savory Beet Salad with Chivey Dressing that’s vegan, gluten free, sugar free and nut free:

Alexa from Lexie’s Kitchen (Cheyenne) mixed this Roasted Pignoli Beet Salad for garlic lovers. . . not to mention pine nut lovers!  The color is stunning as well. It’s also corn free, gluten free, nut free and easily ACD-adaptable.

 

Lisa, the voice behind the blog Vegan Cookbook Critic (Toronto), submitted this Beautiful Borscht Salad, a wonderful melding of Russian borscht and Lisa’s raw foods diet. And it truly is beautiful: just look at the color palette on this salad! It’s also vegan, gluten free, raw and sugar free. 

  

Kim went for a Caramelized Onion, Beet and Rhubarb Compote that’s both a little savory and a little sweet.  Try this over waffles, as Kim did, or instead of chutney with an Indian meal–yum! It’s gluten free, nut free, vegan, with an ACD-friendly variation.

My own savory contribution was the Beet Burger recipe I used to kick off the challenge.  These burgers are easy to make and really tasty on their own or with all the fixins. They’re also gluten free, vegan, and ACD-friendly.

Even Kim’s Dad got in on the fun, with this recipe for Beet Burgers adapted from Greg Stagbouer! These are gluten free and vegan, with Dad’s own “secret” ingredient–his own seasoning mix! 

(Adaption of a recipe from Greg Stagbouer, “Beet This Burger”)

 

Ingredients:

 

1   tablespoon finely grated raw beet

½  cup cooked oats (quick or regular rolled oats)

1   cup uncooked oats (quick or regular rolled oats)

½  cup walnuts, coarsely ground

¼  cup almonds, coarsely ground

2   tablespoons chopped pumpkin seeds

1   tablespoon Vegix seasoning or instant vegetable bouillon

¼  cup minced carrot shreds

¼  cup minced celery

¼  cup minced onion 

1   teaspoon dried basil

½  teaspoon Dad’s Seasoning Original Blend

¼  teaspoon dried thyme

¼  teaspoon dried rubbed sage

¼  teaspoon dried minced garlic

¼  teaspoon mustard powder 

2   tablespoons soy sauce or tamari (gluten-free)

1   tablespoon water

 

 

Mix all dry ingredients well in one bowl, then add all vegetables, cooked oatmeal, and liquids.

 

Blend well until it has the look and consistency of ground beef.  Form into patties and place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to allow the burgers to firm up.

 

Cook carefully on a grill or saute in a pan with some olive oil until crispy brown and heated through.

 

Serve on whole wheat buns (or gluten-free buns) with your choice of condiments and toppings.  Makes 6-8 burgers depending on size.

 

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Thanks, everyone, for contributing such an impressive array of recipes and making this inaugural SOS Challenge such a success! Stay tuned for the announcement of next month’s ingredient at the beginning of May. :)

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