Wednesday, December 06, 2006

From Broccoli to Beetroot

Broccoli has now been pestoed, quiched, stirfried and simply steamed. I felt we had to put in a bit of effort with it, having read that it is seen by nutrionists as a kind of wonder vegetable. "It contains vitamins A, C and E - a hat trick of antioxidants, compounds that 'scavenge' free radicals (oxygen particles that can damage body cells and possibly cause cancer)" (Observer) Broccoli pesto was the most popular choice for the vegetably challenged Freddie - and it took the least time to prepare.
The A to Z of vegetables continues with B for Beetroot. Not, I think, a vegetable often given to children but the Greatbigvegchallenge is all about challenging the norm. So Beetroot lovers come out from your purple bowers ....


  1. Anonymous1:13 PM

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  2. Anonymous1:14 PM

    Have you thought of Borshch, beetroot soup?

  3. Anonymous3:57 PM

    beetroot raita is quite simple

    You need:

    2 large boiled beetroot (skinned)
    300g plain yoghurt
    2 tsps cumin
    1 tsp salt
    mint ( you can even use mint sauce 1 heaped)

    Grate the beetroot into a bowl and mix remaining ingredients - chill before serving. Its a great side dish with curries or rice.

  4. I am not good with beetroot, so I can't help you here, but I like what you are doing. My little daughter eats a lot of veggies (we are an Italian family, after all, husband from Rome and I am from Verona), so I will keep an eye on your blog and give you recipes when suitable...
    Good luck!

  5. Fondant Fancy6:20 PM

    You have discussed whether baked beans should count as a vegatable, I say yes but..

    Why not make your own boston baked beans.
    Or used dried beans to make a bean chilli.
    Or a bean pie, like shepherds pie.

    Dried beans have a hundred and one uses, don't just limit them to the tinned variety.

    That said we fed our two on homemade baked beans the other day, and the response was "ok, but not as good as REAL beans!"

  6. Anonymous12:15 AM

    Are beans not counting as pulses?

  7. Anonymous2:55 PM

    Beetroot Risotto

    Chop one medium onion finely and fry in 1 oz butter till transparent.
    Add 400g of raw beetroot (peeled and diced), cook for 10mins with the onion, stirring all the time.
    Add 400g Arborio rice and 3 garlic cloves (finely chopped). Fry for a few minutes until the rice become translucent.
    Gradually add 1.2 L of hot veg stock, till the rice is tender and creamy.
    Add 50ml vodka or dry sherry (may want to omit for kids), juice of half lemon and ½ tsp zest. Season and stir in a handful of finely grated parmesan.
    If you like, serve with a spoonful of soured cream / a mild tangy goats cheese or feta.


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