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Getting creative with leftovers


I have been following, more or less, the Auto Immune Protocol (AIP) since my last blog entry. And those who follow my blog will know how I love to develop new recipes or adapt existing ones. I did it again.

It all started when I made roasted beets for dinner one night. A few years back, I learned that I could roast beets and it was an epiphany for me. I really like beets, but I don’t like the prep work of peeling and boiling (or more likely boiling and peeling), so I didn’t serve them at all. Until I discovered I could just:

  • scrub the beets that are around the same size, dry them well,
  • put them on a large sheet of heavy duty foil with enough space to seal the ends and top well (or in a pan that you can cover)
  • drizzle with 2 tbsp of olive oil,
  • whole sprigs of rosemary (essential ingredient!!!) encircled around them
  • ground pepper and a little salt.
  • Roast at 400 degrees for 1 hr (less or more depending on size of beets)

Enjoy, as is, for the full nutrient punch (or people can easily peel them on their plate)


I made more than we could eat at one meal. It is my mantra – cook once, eat twice. But that doesn’t mean you have to have the same meal or side. Roasted beets are a great start to a tasty soup or salad.

El’s Orange-y Beet and Tarragon soup

Inspired by an amazing dish that I had in Mertola, Portugal with sliced oranges and beets (photo above)


5 small high-heat-roasted beets

1 tbsp fresh tarragon, minced

1 tbsp grated orange peel (then cut up the “naked” orange for the cook’s snack!)

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp good quality balsamic vinegar (do yourself a favour and invest in this ingredient!)

1 tsp sea salt

1 can full-fat coconut milk, drained










Cut up roasted beets, cover with water and simmer with orange peel and tarragon

Simmer to infuse flavours – 20-30 mins

Add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt and drained coconut milk

Blend with immersion blender (ok, maybe not – see photo)

I had to “MacGyver” something to quell the beet spray (Funny how the protagonist’s name in an 80s TV show has made its way to the lexicon)

Perhaps use a blender or food processor – let me know how that works

Serve and enjoy – makes 2-4 servings. OK – just 2 … we went back for seconds LOL


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