Thursday, December 15, 2011

What to do with this can of Beets?

So this is what is inspiring me today.
What will become of this can of beets? 

I don't know yet,

but that's the fun.

Let's go see.

So, I explored My Kitchen and Pantry.

I came across a few things.

I had some shredded carrot and chopped scallion left over from another meal.
I was surprised to find that I still had some Brussels Sprouts left from the garden.
I have some fresh Basil, if I don't use it up quick it will spoil.

At $4.99 per bag for fresh basil, it would be like throwing dollar bills into my trash can.
How many times have I done that?  I am ashamed to say, I don't know, TOO MANY.

OOOh.. a can of Chick Peas might go well in this.

I discovered a bottle of Raspberry Vinegar way in the back of the top shelf where I keep my spices.

Its a little scary when I try to make something without a recipe.

I have made tons of variations from recipes but...
 unless its those things that I have been making with my mother since I was a child...
(Notice the pinkie)

I don't explore as much as I wish I did.

Lately, I have been exploring more more.

This little tool has become my new friend.
I mean really... after all the cooking that I have done!
Do I need a class called cooking for dummies??


If I like it, keep it.  If I don't, change it!

So, I tasted as I went.

The Blue Cheese and the Garlic ended up back in the fridge... they didn't mix well.

Here is what I ended up with.
Along with some of my whole wheat bread toasted... this made a great lunch!

Beet Salad Recipe:
1 can whole Beets, sliced
1 can Chick Peas, drained and washed
Brussels Sprouts, steamed till tender and cooled (cut in half if large)
Shredded Carrot
3 chopped Scallions
2 hands full of Craisins
10 large fresh Basil chopped

Toss all with some of the vinaigrette dressing below.
Sprinkle with toasted pumpkin seeds right before eating.


1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 cup Raspberry Vinegar
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
1/2 tsp Sugar
1 tbsp Dijon Mustard

Yummy, Healthy, and it used up stuff I had on hand.  PERFECT!


  1. Excellent job! Enjoyable to read. Nice presentation and nice save. If I liked beets or brussel sprouts I would want to dig right in and partake of that beautiful dish. Keep blogging !!!!

  2. YUM! Peg, that looks SO good! Promise me you'll make me that when i come visit! It's funny that you wrote a blog about beets today because this morning i read an article in Runner's World about how beets were one of the best foods for runners. Maybe i'll go pick some up at Trader Joe's tomorrow. You've inspired me :). xoxo

  3. Perfect indeed!! Life really does begin at the end of our comfort zone, doesn't it ? So proud that you took the step. So proud of your blog... so proud of you !!! BTW I do like brussel sprouts!!

  4. YAY, Peggy!!! I loved it!! What a fun blog and great post! :) Soo glad you started blogging! :) This looked yummy!

  5. So loved the pictures of you when you were little. You still look like that. Cute. I love beets and brussel sprouts. I'm copying this one too. I really liked the picture of winter. Is that of Maine? And love the name, Peggy's Patch. I'm looking forward to more.

  6. Kathy, I only wish I was still that cute! I do, howerver still do the pinkie thing :) That picture is Maine. Its my back yard Thanks for reading.