Warm Golden Beet & Beet Green Salad with Blue Cheese Yogurt Dressing

I have a secret obsession with bacon recently. I found that if I cooked greens in bacon then I could get my fiance to eat them right up so you may see this come up a lot. Fear not! Bacon can be incorporated in small amounts and still be part of a perfectly healthy diet. Choose good quality, and proper quantity. 

One thing I love about blogging is having a platform to spread education. Today I want to educate you all on something very important for our earth and environment. There are many things we can do as humans in this world to prevent climate change (yes Trump this is a thing) and one thing I try to focus on is reducing food waste. I like to use all fresh foods (less packaging) and I like to utilize every part of the food given to me. This dish I think shows that concept. I received golden beets in my CSA box and where many people might throw away the greens, I see it as an opportunity to get more greens in my day. One less thing being put into the trash, and one less bag of greens I need to supplement my CSA with. To inspire you to reduce food waste, I have some tips on how to do it below. 

Smart and Easy Way to Reduce Food Waste 

  • Shop Smart: Have a plan when going to the store, buy what you need, and use it! 

  • Practice "FIFO": First in, first out. Make an effort, to place all of your newly purchased foods behind last week or month's so no food goes bad without consuming. (This is huge when it comes to vegetables and fruit!) 

  • Keep our refrigerator and cupboard clean and organized. This prevents you from overseeing any old food and having it all pile up over time. 

  • Make one of your weekly dinners a "kitchen clean up" dinner. Look to see what leftovers you have and consolidate them into one dinner. (I like to ask my fiance which meal he preferred and he gets that and I get the dinner I loved the most. Everyone wins!)

  • Choose CSA over grocery store fruits and vegetables! Local community shared agriculture will give you any produce they make and they do not have as much food waste as large conventional farms. Not all vegetables grow alike! #stopveggiebodyshaming 

If you have any tips, provide them in the comments below! I am excited to see what you do. 

recipe (serves 4) 

Ingredients: 

For the salad: 

-1 lb. fresh golden beets, leaves on (these will be used for the greens) 

-1/2 cup chopped red or yellow onions 

-2 slices of organic bacon (need to render for fat so do not use turkey bacon) 

For the dressing:

-1 cup of organic whole fat yogurt 

-2 oz. of blue cheese (crumbly works best, try not to use one too soft) 

-1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar 

-1/2 tsp. black pepper 

-1/8 tsp. salt 

Directions:

-In a large pot, add water and bring to a boil. Add the beets and cook until just tender. About ten minutes. (For my Instant Pot users, steam on high for 10 minutes in 1-2 cups water.) Set the beets aside until just warm enough to slice into 1/2 inch slices. 

-In a medium pan, add two chopped slices of bacon. Let the fat render down for about 1-2 minutes. Add about 1/2 cup chopped onion. Once the onions are slightly soft, add the roughly chopped beet greens that were on the beets (can sub kale) if needed. Let the greens cook for about 3 minutes. Set aside. 

-To make the yogurt dressing, place the yogurt, ACV, salt, and pepper in a bowl and whisk together until fully combined. Then add the blue cheese and whisk again. 

-To plate, get a large serving platter and plate down some fresh greens if you have them. I used a mixed green mix from Trader Joe's. Then spoon down the cooked beet greens on the fresh greens. Next, place in a row all of the beet slices. The spoon the yogurt dressing over the beets and greens (as seen below). 

-Plate about 3-4 beet slices per person. 

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 167 calories, 14 grams carb (7 grams fiber), 6 grams fat, and 11 grams protein. 

MACROBALANCED TIP: Similar to spinach and swiss chard, beet greens are a great source of vitamin B6, magnesium, and potassium, vitamin A and C. Add them in for your daily greens.