Beets Are My…


Hmmm….nemesis?  No.  I wanted to write a word that starts with a ‘B’, but rhymes with witch…but this is pretty much a PG blog, so I didn’t.  It would have been funny though.  Instead I’ll say….beets are my friend!

I’ve been fascinated with beets for a few months now.  I’ve made a few drinks with them, some successful, and some not (juicing them is MUCH better than blending…just saying).  They are, however, one of my “project” foods, so I had to figure something out.  Last week in DC, I had these killer beets at Mourayo’s Greek Restaurant in DC.  I had never been there before (though Dupont Circle is one of my favorite areas), and I had a medley of veg dishes.  One of those was a cold beet side dish, and I’ve been sort of obsessed with it since.

So, one of the things I tackled once I got home yesterday was beets!  I looked up several ways to prepare them, and ended up throwing this together, and I must say…I made beets my….friend 🙂

Beets That Will Make You Happy


1 bunch beets

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

3 gloves garlic


*cut most of the tops off the beets (use them in a fresh juice!).  Put them in a sauce pan and cover with cold water.  Bring to a boil, and cook on med-high for about 50 minutes.  Drain and let sit until cool to the touch.

*the skin should mostly peel off.  Mine didn’t completely do so, so I did cut some of it off because I was too lazy to use a peeler.

*cube the beets

*put into a dish with the olive oil, vinegar, and garlic.  Let sit overnight and eat it on everything the next day.  Or by themselves.

I tossed them in a salad (after noshing several bites plain) with my dinner tonight.  Oh.  My.  Gosh.  LOVE BEETS.

cubing my beets after they cooled
holy cow...will my fingers ever get clean?! Note to gloves...or risk getting picked up by the cops for some unsolved homicide (sorry...I watch a LOT of Law and Order)
into the fridge!
a basic green salad with fantastical beets!

And since I spent 10 days away from home, you all know I went bonkers in my kitchen since I got back Thursday afternoon.  Aside from preparing the beets, I made a few other things too….

A big batch of a veganized Daddy’s Magic Noodles.  My husband makes one particular dish…one he learned from his father…that makes my kids go wonky.  They named them Daddy’s Magic Noodles years ago when it was realized that they had no specific name.  It’s simply spaghetti pasta, butter, parmesan cheese, garlic, and Italian season.  Of course that just won’t do for me, so I remade it…Crissie Style.

Crissie’s Magic “Noodles”


*1 spaghetti squash (pierce the squash, put in a dish, bake at 350 for one hour, let cool)

*approx 5-6 tbsp olive oil (my hubby bought me a fancy Italian infused olive oil a few weeks ago…I used that)

*3 garlic cloves, minced

*2-3 high quality Italian Seasoning blend (since getting my spice kit for Xmas last year, no silly little McCormick’s spices seem to do it for me anymore…I’M A SPICE SNOB).


*once the squash is cooled, slice open down the center, scoop out the seeds, and then have wicked fun using a fork to make the “noodles”

*heat the oil in a skillet over med-high.  Add garlic, and saute about 2 minutes

*add the “noodles” and saute until heated through.  Add Italian season, and stir well

Along with a simple green salad with a homemade French vinaigrette (a bottle of Penzy’s Country French vinaigrette seasoning, made exactly like the label said to…it’s fantastic), and this was a very wonderful first meal back home.

my welcome home dinner

Then I made some Snickerdoodle cookies (D’s favorite) and a loaf of gluten-free pumpkin bread.  FINALLY, I made a gluten-free dessert that didn’t totally fail.  It held together well and had a great texture.  Too bad it tasted bland.  Going to have to try that one again, and amp up the spices.

cooling pumpkin bread

This morning, I made pumpkin pie oatmeal.  Quite simply…4 cups of boiling water, 1 cup of Irish steel-cut oats, 1 can of pumpkin, 3 tsp of Pumpkin Pie spices, and 4 tbsp sweetner (I used agave.  Maple syrup would rock too).  Simmer for about 45 minutes, and it’s a creamy pumpkin breakfast.  Sprinkled with a little vanilla sugar, and I was in heaven.  Had to make up for the bland pumpkin bread.

these taste as good as they smell
pumpkin pie oats!

Dinner tonight, along with the salad with beets, was an amazing coconut lentil curry soup that I got off of For the Love of Food’s blog during MoFo.  I used the Hot Curry Powder from the infamous Christmas Spice Kit, and it gave it a nice heat to go along with the sweet coconut milk.  Even D really liked it.  I have two quarts leftover, so I’ll be set for quite a while with leftovers.

cold weather means soup!


It’s amazing what the clientele difference is between a workout class held in the early mornings or late evenings, and those held in the middle of the morning.

I went to a 10am Zumba class on Wednesday, and I have to say, I felt a bit out of place.  The only people at a 10am class are stay-at-home people and retirees.  It was an interesting mix to say the least.

Yesterday was a travel day, so today I did a quick run today.  It was a treadmill run though, so I’m not kidding when I say “quick”.  Like 30 minutes and I wanted to poke my eyes out from boredom.  The kids were off today, A was at the mall, and M was locked in his room with a new game.  I didn’t want to leave – even though M would have gladly watched over R – I didn’t want to take his playtime from him.  So hamsterville I went.  Ugh.


So clearly I am home again.  I got back yesterday around noon.  D forgot that all 3 kids had 2pm dentist appts yesterday and had a meeting he couldn’t miss…so I woke up WAY earlier than I wanted to so I could hit the road for the long drive home.

He was cute though, because he kept texting me to stop by his office so he could see me.  So I did of course!

After nearly 2 hrs at the dentist (mixed reviews on the kids…), it was a quick stop at the market to pick up dinner ingredients, and then home for a very nice night.

Today was meal planning, Coupon Mom research, and grocery shopping.  I bagged $60 in free food.  Not bad!

Sorry for the novel.  I’m really trying to keep them shorter, and I will now that I’m home.  I think….

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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