Friday, September 7, 2012

A beet, bean & almond side

This is another simple side.. and really one of the only reasons i think i'm blogging it is to show off the MASSIVE beetroot i happened upon in the grocery store! It deserved it's picture taken, although i'm not sure me holding it quite illustrates the scale.. it was the size of about 4 apples put together :)

1 beetroot - about 1/4 the size of the one i've shown here!
Juice of 4 oranges
1 C water
salt & pepper
3 T brown sugar
1 small bag green beans, top and tailed and cut into 1 inch pieces.
1/2 C almonds (for a more elegant side dish, slice them nicely instead of serving them whole).

Wash the beetroot thoroughly and cut into rough wedges, skin still on.
Throw the wedges into a medium sized pot and add the orange juice, water, salt & pepper and finally the brown sugar. 
Bring to a boil and then simmer with the lid on for ~ 15 or until the beetroot is soft through (if you poke it with a skewer and it goes right through it's perfect)
Remove the beet wedges from the juice, remove skin and cut into desired size dice.
Steam the green beans.
Place in a serving dish with the beet dice and add the almonds.
You can choose to dress it with a little of the remaining beet juice, a tsp of dijon and some finely diced parsley, or, if serving along with a bunch of other dishes, you can keep it ultra simple and nude of dressing :)

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