Ginger Vinaigrette Beets

Ginger Vinaigrette Beets PinWe finally bought a pressure cooker! And this delicious Ginger Vinaigrette Beets recipe was our first creation!

Pressure cookers are great way to reduce the time it takes to cook beans and dense vegetables. Since we eat lots of both, we decided to break down and fork over the dough to buy one. So far, so good.

This recipe was in the manual that came with our Presto pressure cooker (we couldn’t find an Instapot) and it didn’t disappoint. Although, we love beets in just about any form, so we may be a little biased.

The original recipe called for 1/4 cup of sugar. Yikes! We rarely add sugar to recipes, but we decided to add 1 tbsp just in case the vinaigrette was too sour. Personally, I think it would taste fine without any added sugar since the beets are already very sweet. Depending on your taste preferences, you may want more sugar because it is pretty tangy.

These Ginger Vinaigrette Beets would go well diced on your Hearty Side Salad or your Spinach Salad, or as a standalone side dish with your Broccoli Mushroom Stir Fry or Baked Tempeh and Broccoli.

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Spinach Salad

Spinach Salad PinThis Spinach Salad is one of our mainstays. With only 48 calories per serving, it’s a low calorie delicious nutritious powerhouse side salad!

Spinach is a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium and folate. It may also help prevent cancer and heart disease, making it one of the most important dark leafy greens you can eat. We try to eat it several times per week, if not every day.

Making a delicious salad like this takes time. That’s why we make enough for 6 servings, eat 2 servings and store the other 4 servings for up to 3 days in a sealable container in the fridge.

We do this with all of our salads to save time. Just be sure to add the vinegar or other liquid toppings when you serve the salad to prevent it from becoming soggy.

We use this recipe as a simple side salad, but we also like to jazz it up with some garbanzo beans, walnuts, pecans, sesame seeds, diced avocado, shaved carrots, celery, dried cranberries or whatever else we have on hand. These ingredients add a lot of extra calories and protein, making them ideal for turning this side salad into a main course.

This salad pairs well with some Broccoli Soup or Celery and Potato Soup for a healthy, low calorie, filling lunch.

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Fennel Orange Salad with Beets

Fennel Orange Salad PinThis Fennel Orange Salad with Beets is one of Amelia’s fresh and delicious specialties. She loves to make this cold salad for us on a hot summer day.

Fennel is one of my favorite veggies. It smells like liquorice but it’s a vegetable! How is that even possible! Combined with the orange and beets, this salad smells and tastes like candy!

It’s great all by itself, but it’s even better served over arugula or your favorite leafy greens.

The beets are a nice addition and lend more sweetness to the salad. They take about 45 minutes to boil and need to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before you can peel them so keep that in mind when you’re planning your meal time.

Remember to zest the orange before you peel it. That’s a lot easier than trying to zest a peel.

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Vegan Beet Brownies

Vegan Beet Brownies PinWe used to buy Vegan Beet Brownies far more than we should have at Beet Box Bakery & Cafe, a vegan bakery that used to be walking distance from us when we lived in Uptown. If you’re in Denver, you have to try this place. They have amazing bread, sandwiches and desserts.

One day, instead of walking to Beet Box, Amelia decided to make some Vegan Beet Brownies from scratch and boy were they delicious. These brownies are so moist and chocolatey that you might have to put them behind lock and key or they won’t last a day!

Beet puree makes a great binder so it’s a good egg replacer in baked desserts. It’s also naturally sweet, so combined with the maple syrup in this recipe, you get a very rich brownie.

If you don’t have a non-stick baking pan,  you may want to use a little cooking spray or oil to grease the pan. Just spray a tiny amount down the middle and use your fingers to spread it over the bottom and sides. Or, put a tiny amount on a paper towel as shown in the video and use it to lightly coat the baking dish.

Vegan Beet Brownies Cooking Video

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Sweet Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Dates, Beets & Pomegranate

Sweet Quinoa SaladThis Sweet Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Dates, Beets and Pomegranate lives up to it’s name. It’s very sweet with the natural sugars from the fruit and beets, but the quinoa loads it up with 8 grams of protein per serving.

Amelia and I love colorful dishes, and they don’t get much more colorful than this one! It’s great as a side salad with your Vegan Black Bean Burgers or as a stand-alone lunch dish.

If you take this to work for lunch, your co-workers are guaranteed to take notice! They’ll wonder what the crazy vegan is eating now with a subconscious feeling that they’re missing out! Print out the recipe and take it with you so you can just hand it to them without saying a word!

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Beet Hummus

Beet Hummus PinThis deliciously pink Beet Hummus is not only nutritionally dense, it tastes amazing! You won’t be able to stop eating it!

Amelia and I took a plant based cooking class offered by a very talented local chef, Kelley Williamson. She’s known as the Plant Based Kitchenista and her version of this tasty Beet Hummus was there for us to eat as we cooked.

This recipe is Amelia’s version of Kelley’s recipe with a few changes. Amelia wanted to make more, so she doubled the ingredients for everything except the garbanzo beans. That made the hummus a little more moist like the texture of traditional hummus making it easier to dip our crackers and pita chips in it.

We absolutely love this Beet Hummus recipe. The beets give it a little bit of sweetness while the lemon and tahini give it some zest. You might also want to make your own Homemade Pita Chips to go with this delicious hummus.

If you like this recipe, you might also enjoy our classic Vegan Hummus or our Lentil Hummus with Roasted Garlic.

Beet Hummus Cooking Video

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Beet Burger w/ Black Beans & Quinoa

Beet BurgerThis Beet Burger w/ Black Beans & Quinoa is a colorful, healthy and delicious alternative to traditional veggie burgers. The beets, black beans and quinoa provide 12 grams of fiber, 18 grams of protein and 39% RDV iron.

Beets are very versatile and high in iron. You don’t need to cook them before preparing this recipe. Just grate them in your food processor and they’ll cook up in the oven.

Quinoa is a high protein grain that makes a great binding agent. Be sure to rinse it thoroughly before cooking to remove the saponin coating that gives quinoa a bitter taste.

We opted to bake the burgers in the oven since they’re pretty delicate and come apart easily. Baking them also cuts out the oil needed to fry them in the pan. But if you prefer to fry your beet burger, add a little oil to a large skillet and cook them for a few minutes on each side until crispy.

Pairs well with Oven Roasted Red Potatoes or Vegan Green Beans with Bacon Flavor.

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