Two Quick Tips for Tuesday

Tip One:

Eat your beet greens!

Beet greens.

Fresh beets are a two-for-one. You get the beets and you get the most delicious greens (which are packed, by the way, with beta-carotene, vitamin C, iron and calcium). I’m surprised by how many beet greens are chopped off and left with the vendors at the Farmers’ Market. I usually ask to take those home for my chickens who love them as much as I do.

When you get your beets home, separate the root from the greens. Wash the greens right away so that when you’re ready to cook, that step is already done. I usually slice them into a rough chiffonade then sauté them in olive oil with garlic. They’re delicious just like that, but you can use them as you’d use any green: mixed into grain salads, cooked into an omelet, made into a gratin. The possibilities are endless!

(While we’re talking beets I thought I’d share my favorite way of cooking the roots. I peel them with a vegetable peeler (not the pain in the neck everyone seems to say it is), cut them into small cubes, toss with olive oil then roast at 450 degrees until they’re a little crunchy and a little chewy. Like candy!)

Tip Two:

Make pancakes out of left-over risotto!

The perfect midweek meal.

This was one of the most delicious midweek meals, which I made without having to make a trip to the market. I made patties out of left-over broccoli risotto, sautéed them, placed them over a bed of arugula that was draped them with a slice of prosciutto (my husband’s idea), then topped with a poached egg. Seriously delicious!


About cdhla

I'm a former editor at several lifestyle magazines who's been freelancing since moving from NYC to LA. I call my blog The Chipped Platter to remind us that chips are better than perfection. The platter in question, a round one made by Gien, has traveled the world with me, visited with friends and family, celebrated milestones, and offered sustenance. My cherished Chipped Platter is part of the family. (I love my chipped plates, too!) On this blog, I'll be sharing my adventures of cooking for my family and friends, venturing out into restaurants and learning tips from people I meet. Come along!
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2 Responses to Two Quick Tips for Tuesday

  1. Sheila Bridges says:

    Love beet fact Henry made them for me when I was at your lovely home. How are the kids and the hens?

    • cdhla says:

      Come back for more! We are good. Our flock of four chickens is down to two. Sad. But the kids are good! HOW ARE YOU?? I’d love to catch up. Hey, are we Facebook friends??? xo

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