Hey Happy Tummies!
I hope you've had a fabulous weekend! I know I have! Yesterday, my friend and I saw Nice Work on Broadway with Michael Broderick. It was pretty good. It had a the glamor and magic of Bway, so I was happy:)
But the highlight of my weekend was on Friday! I recorded some children's educational videos for the Mother Goose Club with Sockeye Media. It was so fun:) It's a great organization and I can't wait to see the finished product!
So after awakening my "inner-child" that morning, I decided to make an extra-special Kid Friendly meal! Soooo....I made.....Basil Beet Blooms!
These little gems are so whimsical and fun! They're a playful way to serve your family wholesome veggies!
Roasted beet rounds topped with a basil, cauliflower and green pea cream! Perfect!
And they're Gluten Free, Vegan, Specific Carb Diet friendly, Paleo, and have a Body Ecology Diet option!
Annnd....I made a cooking demonstration video!!
Here's what you need: (serves 2-3)
2 large beets, cut into 1/4 inch rounds (BED option: Sub roasted red peppers)
1/2 cup peas
1 cup cauliflower
5 basil leaves
12 grape tomatoes (BED option: omit)
chiffonade of basil (garnish)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Scrub and dry your beets. Cut them into 1/4 inch rounds. Place them in a single layer on a tin foil-lined, olive-oil-sprayed baking sheet. Do not sprinkle with salt or pepper yet. Spritz them with olive oil, and bake for 35-40 minutes, flipping once halfway through. When you flip them, put your tomatoes on the baking sheet and roast them along with the beets for the final 20 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper after they're finished.
Meanwhile, steam your peas and cauliflower. Put them in your food processor along with the basil, salt and pepper, and process until smooth. You will need to scrape the sides about 4 times.
If you want to pipe this mixture onto your beet rounds, transfer it into a pastry bag, or a ziplock bag. Or...just use a spoon:)
To assemble, place about 2 Tbsp of the mixture onto each beet round and top with a roasted tomato and garnish with basil.
The beets were beautifully caramelized. They were chewy and firm, and the sugars became so intense and sweet. They were perfect with the fresh basil cream! It was bright and fresh, and it went so well with the earthy-sweet beet. Finally, the tomato was the absolute best part. When you roast tomatoes, they shrivel up and become super sweet and juicy. They just explode in your mouth, and truly tie the entire dish together.
And the colors were so jolly and enticing! They looked like something out of a Dr. Seuss book!
And this would be a great meal for your kids to help make! They could be in charge of decorating the beets with the cream, tomatoes and basil!
A perfect 10!
Don't forget to check out the Cooking Demonstration Video! :)
And coming up later this week....ANOTHER DESSERT!!! Woo! Here's a hint....you'll go bananas for this treat! :D
Until next time!
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