Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Beets… Its What's for Dinner

by Meghann on July 28, 2009

It’s day 15 of the 30 Day Shred challenge and I have to be honest when I say I was dreading doing level two again after work today. These 20 minute sessions are a lot of work every day!

Begrudgingly I put the DVD on as soon as I walked in the door and got my Jillian in for the day. It was awful, it was torture, but in the end I was glad to have it finished.

Am I really only half way through? Ughh… I am a machine. I can do this. πŸ™‚

The best part with finishing the shred is getting to spend quality time in my kitchen experimenting with a new vegetable: Beets.


Beets have always been a mysterious vegetable to me. I was never sure quite how to cook them and have only ever had them as a salad topping in the past.

The other week I was inspired by my cousin Andrea’s recipe for Red Beet Risotto to finally give the mysterious vegetable a shot. Her recipe was relatively simple to follow and as always her pictures of the finished dish made my mouth water.


I quartered the recipe, added shrimp and subbed brown rice for the arborio rice. Besides that I followed her directions to a tee.


The flavors in this dish were spot on. Yum! It was very creamy and delicious. The beet flavor was a lot more milder cooked then when I sampled it raw on the counter. I actually preferred the cooked beet to the raw beet, I found it to be a tad earthy tasting. Also, my addition of shrimp was a great last minute decision. πŸ™‚

Overall I give the recipe a big thumbs up and am excited to experiment with the rest of the betts I purchased at the farmer’s market last weekend.

After dinner I worked on a secret project that will be revealed in the morning πŸ˜‰ and dug into my very last So Delicious Almond Coconut Ice Cream Bar.


I really enjoyed these delectable ice cream bars and once I eat down the rest of the So Delicious Ice Cream the wonderful people at Turtle Mountain sent me, I fully intend to purchase more.

At work this afternoon I became ‘that girl’ in the office when I popped a 100 calorie pack of Kettle Corn around 4:00.


I should have kept track of how many people walked by exclaiming “Who made popcorn?” hehe

Now its time to sit back and relax. Have a great night everyone! πŸ™‚

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