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Beet Greens and Sweet Pepper Salad (cooked)

 

I love most vegetables and until recently had never thought of using beet greens for anything. Now I eat them raw in salads, I put them in my juicer, I also add them to smoothies. This is a cooked salad. It is a very yummy vegan dish that takes only 15 minutes total prep and cooking time. It has a lot of flavor mainly from the vegetables themselves.  I made some yesterday and served it with Tamarind Rice. I have yet to make tamarind rice from scratch but will do soon. I buy the frozen packets from the local Indian store. It does contain peanuts so anyone with nut allergies should avoid the store bought version. I will figure out a recipe minus nuts and add it to my blog soon.

Don’t throw away the beets :). I will post a recipe for them soon too.

Ingredients

  1.  Beet greens from two or three beets (minus beets and stalks) washed and sliced
  2. Sweet peppers 5 or 6, sliced
  3. Onion, medium, sliced thinly
  4. Tomato, large, chopped
  5. Balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp (or more to taste)
  6. Cilantro (dry 1 tsp or fresh 1/2 cup chopped)
  7. Garlic powder 1 tsp
  8. Canola or other oil suitable for frying, 2 or 3 tbsp
  9. Salt (I don’t add any) and cayenne pepper (I like a 1/4 tsp)

Preparation

Beet greens and peppers 01

In a medium sized saucepan, add oil and onions and stir fry over medium high until they are brown at the edges and turning soft. Add the tomatoes and continue frying for a minute until tomatoes are soft but not dissolved.

Beet greens and peppers 02

Add the sweet peppers and all ingredients except the greens and stir for a minute.

Beet greens and peppers 03

Add the greens, stir everything together, cover the pot and turn off the stove. Wait ten minutes and serve!!

Beet greens and peppers 04

Flying North in Winter?

No, it isn’t the deep dish pizza or Hot Doug’s Hot Dogs or the Book Cellar. Although, any and all of those would bring me to Chicago at any time of year, but this week, in the midst of yet another deep freeze it is my beautiful cousin Amna. Temps were a little friendlier when I booked the tickets. Had no idea I was flying into a third polar vortex. Yikes! But I’m happy to be with Amna although Amna may have been happier flying south to Florida in the winter but she has Post Polio Syndrome and can’t really leave home without a very complex entourage of nurses and equipment to keep her mobile while breathing safely. For now it’s a fun family reunion in her cozy apartment at the top of a building on the truly great Lake Michigan. And yes, as I cook away in her kitchen, I stop frequently to watch the winds push the ice floes around on the lake. It’s an amazing sight. Amna is no longer able to get to the window but I take lots of photos and stream them to her iPad so she knows what’s happening outside.

Amna has lived in Chicago for over thirty years and had never heard of a polar vortex until this winter and  now wow the third one is about to send this beautiful city into another deep freeze. After a week of above freezing temps, the lake is once again transforming into a winter wonder world. It is a beautiful city at any time of year.

I think I’m going to create a new item on my menu bar for Amna’s Chicago Kitchen. My cooking is inspired by her. I cook healthy foods. I try to. We have heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, etc. etc. etc… in our family and we’re doing our best to keep it all as far away as possible for as long as we can.  My goal is to keep things clean, easy, fresh, whole, and as vegetarian as possible.
I hope you’ll visit again. Ciao