Black Pudding, Beetroot & goats cheese salad

Black Pudding, Beetroot Salad & Goats Cheese Salad

I’ve loads of Beetroot growing in my garden just now and perfect season for it too, so decided on a little treat for lunch today. Certainly beats the Ryvita’s….lol.

Beetroot is packed with essential nutrients, beetroots are a great source of fiber, folate (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. Beetroots and beetroot juice have been associated with numerous health benefits, including improved blood flow, lower blood pressure, and increased exercise performance.

Perfect pairing with Beetroot for me is definitely Stornoway Black Pudding & Goats Cheese, just so yummy! I served with some Homegrown Spinach too.

Serves 2

4 large Beetroots – Cooked and Sliced into bite size chunks

60g Goats Cheese

4 Slices of Black pudding

1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

Pinch salt

1 tsp Mixed Herbs

Handful of Spinach – chopped

Sunflower & Pumpkin Seeds to top

  1. Place Beetroot into a bowl, add balsamic vinegar, salt & mixed herbs and mix through.
  2. Cook Black Pudding in a pan on medium to high heat for about 3-4 minutes each side with a little oil. Remove and pat dry, break up into bite size pieces and add to beetroot and mix through.
  3. Chop up the spinach and lay on a plate, top with the beetroot and black pudding then tear the goats cheese over and serve with pumpkin & sunflower seeds.
Plate of Black pudding, Beetroot & Goats Cheese

Roasted Beetroot Salad

Roasted Beetroot Salad

As you may know I started my very first Raised Vegetable Beds this year, it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while but as the story goes, we work & we work and never seem to find time to start anything. This was the year that I was finally going to put a plan of action together, ordered my raised beds, got them all painted and treated, filled them up, planted the seeds and waited. I can’t tell you how exciting it was to see my first little green shoot pop up.

I love Beetroot, so that was the first seed planted and I am now starting to harvest them. Oh my, freshness, freshness, freshness…..there is nothing better that eating straight from your garden, I harvested some yesterday and decided on a lovely refreshing salad today for my lunch.

Fresh Beetroot from my garden

How to Roast Beetroot

First wash all the mud etc off of the beets and trim of the stalks & leaves, but keep the leaves aside for later. If not using straight away, store in a perforated plastic bag in the salad bins in your fridge, these will keep for about 2 weeks.

Beetroot & Beetroot Leaves Storage in Fridge

Using Tin foil, place the Beets (with the skin on) on and sprinkle a little olive oil & salt, wrap up into a parcel, not too tightly as you want the steam to help cook the beets, then bake on a tray in centre of your oven at 200 deg for about 45 minutes.

Remove and allow steam to escape from parcel then allow to cool slightly. At this stage, I advise to wear gloves, you WILL get Beetroot stained if you don’t…lol! With gloves on gently rub the skin and you’ll notice it comes away very easily, remove all the skin and slice into wedges or bite sized pieces. Yum!

Using the saved leaves, these can be cooked just like Kale. Bring a pan of water to the boil add a little salt and blanch for a few minutes, remove and drain excess water through a colander/sieve. I love the colour of the water here too.

Place leaves in a bowl with beetroot, squeeze some lemon juice and 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar over and mix. Sprinkle over some Goats cheese or Feta cheese and chopped walnuts to serve.

You could also cook some couscous or bulgur wheat to add to make it a more filling bowl.

A Bowl of Roasted Beetroot, Beetroot Leaves, Goats Cheese, Walnuts


Beetroot Hummus

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In a bid to eat a bit healthier, this little dip was perfect as I love Beetroot and always looking for different ways to use it. I saw this from The Veg Space, a great website if you love vegetables, some great ideas too.

The great thing is you can freeze hummus, so I made a big batch and split into smaller portions for later.

 

Makes approx 600g

3 Large cooked Beetroots, diced

1 can 400g Chickpeas

2 garlic cloves, crushed

Juice & zest of 2 Lemons

4 tbsp tahini

2 tsp smoked paprika

Salt & Pepper

 

  1. Drain the chickpeas and keep the juice.
  2. Put the chickpeas, beetroot, lemon juice & zest, tahini, paprika, garlic and seasoning into a blender or food processor and blitz to a smooth paste.
  3. Gradually add about 1-2 tbsps of the chickpea juice until you get the consistency you want.

Serve as you please. Makes a great dip.

Healthy too at just 71 calories per 50g.

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Beetroot Hummus

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Having some leftover beetroot and chickpeas in cupboard, it was an easy choice tonight to whip up a wee healthy snack after my gym session.

Makes a good size container – about 12 servings (depending on your serving size of course)

 

4 fresh beetroot – cooked and chopped

1 can 400g chickpeas – drained

2 tbsp tahini

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves – finely chopped

1 freshly squeezed lemon juice

pinch salt

2 tsp cumin

 

  1. Put everything into a food processor and whip together until blended well.

Serve with some lovely crispbreads, crackers, carrot, celery the list goes on what this goes with.

 


Haggis with Beetroot, Apple & Chilli Pepper Boats

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Looking for something different to do with haggis and having some Chilli relish in the cupboard with thanks to Lynn from Everything Chilli http://www.everythingchilli.co.uk/ and my local Food Assembly, I came up with this perfect match.

 

Haggis – 100g – I used Scott’s of Huntly (really tasty Haggis)

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2 tbsp of Beetroot and Apple Chilli Relish

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Assorted Vegetables to serve

1 Pepper (Colour of your choice)

 

  1. Firstly pre-heat your grill to high and slice in half the pepper then chargrill the peppers until slightly browned.
  2. Using a microwave on high level cook the haggis for approx 2 mins per 100g.
  3. Mash up and stir in the relish until mixed through.
  4. Remove the peppers and spoon the haggis mixture into pepper boats……..Serve! Yummy!

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Italian Parmesan Potatoes with Roasted Rainbow Vegetables

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Another amazing purchase from the Food Assembly this week, Fresh Rainbow Beetroots and Carrots….I just love the colours and design of these vegetables, makes my plate of food more exciting. I made some lovely Italian potatoes to go with these for my fantastic veg dinner tonight. So tasty, full of flavour and very, very healthy, at under 400 calories per plate it’s a winner!

 

Serves 2

4 small roasting potatoes – cut into 4 lengthways (like wedges)

1 yellow beetroot – sliced (just look at the lovely rings inside)

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1 purple carrot – chopped into chunks

1 orange carrot – chopped into chunks

Italian seasoning

Parmesan Cheese

Olive oil

Salt & pepper

 

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 210 deg.
  2. In a roasting tin, lightly spray base with light spray oil and place the potatoes facing upward in the dish. Sprinkle with a little olive oil and Italian seasoning to desired taste, then grate a little parmesan cheese over top of potatoes. 20160426_193920
  3. In a separate roasting tin, place in beetroot and carrots and spread out evenly, sprinkle a little olive oil over and season with salt & pepper, nothing else, you want to taste the amazing flavours from these vegetables.   20160426_173054
  4. Place both in hot oven and bake for about 40 minutes.
  5. 5 minutes before ready, remove potatoes and grate a little more parmesan cheese and put back.

Serve! Yummy!

 

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Spicy Beetroot and Potato Rosti

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Brunch Sunday!

Waking up late today and hungry I decided to use up leftover Beetroot and make some Rosti’s for brunch.

 

Makes 4 large

2 medium potatoes – peeled and grated

1 large Beetroot – peeled and grated

1 medium egg

Ground Black pepper and salt to taste

1 tsp parsley

1 tsp chilli’s – chopped very finely

1 small onion – grated.

 

  1. Preheat oven to 200deg.
  2. Mix Beetroot, potato, onion, egg, pepper, salt, chilli and parsley n a large bowl until combined.
  3. Place a baking sheet onto an oven tray and using chef rings, spoon mixture into each ring and pat down.20160403_141753
  4. Remove rings and bake in the oven for 25 mins. 20160403_145142
  5. I served with some Sweet Chilli sauce, however, you can serve with the following:-

Creme Fraiche and chive mix.

Put a fried egg on top also.

A simple side salad would make a lovely lunch

or just a simple mayo mix.

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Beetroot Falafel

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I love Falafel’s! Having some Beetroot that needed to be used up, I thought I would try it in a Falafel, these were not only a lovely Deep Red in colour but absolutely delicious! The good thing is you can make loads and then freeze them for a quick lunch or dinner during the week.

Makes 8

2 large beetroots – If buying fresh roast them in the oven first.

1 Can of Chickpeas – make sure you drain all the liquid and dry the chickpeas off

1/2 white onion

1 tbsp Roasted Red Pepper Spice

1 tsp Rapeseed oil or olive oil

1 tsp Garlic powder

1 tsp coriander

1 tsp cumin

Lemon Juice

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp chilli powder or 1/2 red chilli

salt

 

  1. Mix everything in a food processor, if mixture is too wet add a little flour.
  2. With your hands roll into small ball shapes and place onto a greased baking tin. 20160327_151505
  3. Place in a preheated oven 190 deg for 30 mins.
  4. Finish off in a hot griddle pan turn for a few mins until slightly browned all round.
  5. I served with goats cheese and chopped walnuts. Yummy!!

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Camargue Red Rice Salad

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For the love of Red! Love it when random ingredients put together turns out delicious!

 

40g Camargue Red Rice

1 Beetroot – grated

1/4 Avocado – chopped

1/2 tin of Chick Peas

1 tomato – chopped/sliced

Small chunk of Feta Cheese

4 Walnuts – chopped finely

1 tbsp good Olive oil

1 tsp balsamic vinegar

 

  1. Cook rice as per instructions on packet (about 30 mins)
  2. Mix all other ingredients into a bowl, add rice one cooked.
  3. Mix together olive oil and balsamic vinegar, drizzle on top to flavour.

This is a great lunch, very healthy, full of protein and super tasty.

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Roasted Sweet Potato with Turkey and Black Eyed Beans

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A very tasty mix up for dinner tonight, and somehow it just went together! This was me using leftovers again, very tasteful.

Serves 1

1/2 Sweet potato

2 small Beetroot’s

1/2 cup sweetcorn

1/2 tin of Black Eyed Peas

1 Turkey Breast – cut into chunks

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp garlic

1/2 tsp Chilli Powder

Zest and Juice from 1/2 lime

Handful of coriander

 

  1. Roast in a tin the sweet potato and beetroot at 220 deg for 30-35 mins.
  2. Meanwhile, mix 1 tbsp of olive oil, garlic, chilli powder and lime juice/zest together, this will be your drizzle.
  3. Season the turkey with salt & pepper and fry gently until browned all over. Remove from heat.
  4. Place the black eyed beans and sweetcorn on hob and gently heat through (4 mins)
  5. Once roasted veg is ready, mix everything together with the oil mixture and serve with coriander on top.

Tuck into this beautiful mix which is also healthy and very filling too!

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