My favorite peanut sauce is back, but with an extra kick of ginger! While I could happily eat the sauce with a spoon, I decided to keep things healthy by drizzling it over a nourishing bowl of roasted carrots, tofu, barley and beet leaves.
Yes, beet leaves. I’m embarrassed to say that until this past week I always just threw away the leaves when I bought fresh beets. The idea to eat them never crossed my mind until a reader asked me if it was okay to use the leftover beet greens in a salad after making my favorite beet burgers. Immediately I went to good-ole Google and found out that not only are beet greens safe to eat, but that they have a delicious sweet taste, making them an even milder salad green choice than spinach.
The key with eating beet greens is rinsing them VERY well. If you have a salad spinner, now is the time to break it out as you may have to rinse and dry at least twice to get all the dirt off of them. But I promise the work is worth it. You can eat rinsed, raw beet greens by removing the stem and eating as a salad. There are also a bunch of recipes out there for sautéed beet greens, which I will be trying out the next time I pick up a couple of beets at the store.
While there is some oven time, this recipe is relatively straight-forward and can be a great way to use up any leftover cooked grains or vegetables. Don’t have barley? No problem, you can use another whole grain instead. No carrots? Roast up some broccoli, peppers, and/or cauliflower.
The only real “must” of this recipe is the ginger peanut sauce. Do not cut back on the ginger! In fact, I’d probably even add another tablespoon of ginger to mine the next time as I adore ginger’s slightly spicy slightly sweet flavor.
For those of you in Boston, happy Marathon Monday! It’s so strange being an adult now and having to work today instead of waking up early to party with friends. But I think my liver is relieved 😉
So here’s a toast to trying beet greens!
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I LOVE a good peanut sauce 🙂 This sounds so satisfying!
Right? any excuse to eat peanut butter during the day is good in my book 🙂
I love that you added barley! Yum!
Thanks Cindy! I just discovered how cheap it is at Trader Joe’s making it a new staple in my kitchen 😉