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Beet Pasta with Shaved Fennel, Apples & Goat Cheese

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I’m a recent beet convert.

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In fact I used to vehemently hate them. But like, I think I hated them before I even tried them? I think they are one of those veggies that get a bad rap with kids. Like lima beans and brussel sprouts. Except I still don’t like lima beans… they’re just so… lima beany? But you know what I mean.

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But since I’ve grown wiser in my old age, I’ve come to realize the beautiful earthiness that beets bring to a meal, especially when thrown atop salads. This recipe came about when I noticed I had some beets that needed cooking and my new favorite kitchen tool (which I’ll tell you more about in my next post). Let’s just say it’s been a bit of a noodlepalooza in our house the last few weeks. Kind of like “put a bird on it” but “make a noodle out of it.”

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The thing about beets, though, is that they always need a good partner. Something to balance them with a little sweetness, and if they’re roasted, a little crunch. So a few random items in my refrigerator later, this delightful low-carb, ready-in-under-20-minute meal was created.

beet pasta with goat cheese

(Insert the urge to fight making a “beet/beat” or random Dwight Schrute beet reference)

Red Beet Pasta with Shaved Fennel and Apple
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2 (more if used as side or salad topping)
You’ll need:
1 T coconut oil
3 medium red beets, made into noodles using veggie spiralizer (or julienned)
3 carrots, shredded
1 large fennel bulb, julienned
1 medium apple, julienned
1-2 handfuls toasted pumpkin seeds
1 oz goat cheese, for garnish

Directions: Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over med-high heat. Add beets, carrots and fennel, and cook for about 5-7 minutes, covered, stirring occasionally. Add apples and pumpkin seeds, and cook for another 3-5 minutes, or until veggies are softened to your liking. Garnish with goat cheese and serve as main dish or as a side.

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See? Also delicious on a salad. And yes, I like my packed lunches to be fancy.

PS totally random question - anyone remember the band from “Doug”, that show on Nickelodeon called “The Beets”? Killer Tofu? Anything?

God I am old.

 

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8 thoughts on “Beet Pasta with Shaved Fennel, Apples & Goat Cheese

  1. ya know… I don’t even think I know what a beet tastes like.

  2. Omg. I HATE lima beans. I’ve jumped onto the beet and Brussels bandwagons, but I just can’t with the limas. The texture reminds me of spitballs.

  3. I’ve never tried beets. I was actually discussing this in the lunch room as another girl warmed up her beet-infested lunch. I said that’s a goal of mine – to try new vegetables like beets. She offered to let me taste hers. I respectfully declined. Fail.

  4. Not a fan of beets, all the chefs say they are “earthy” but to me they just taste like dirt. I do remember the cartoon Doug and the band “Killer Beets”! Too funny:)

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