Let me just start off by saying that when you have children with different likes and dislikes when it comes to food it can be challenging.
My 17 year old Daughter apparently loves Mushrooms. My 11 year old son would rather drink water for dinner than eat Mushrooms He refuses to eat them. So, when I served him this dish of course I had to eliminate the Mushrooms entirely—otherwise he was not going to touch his dinner. He loves broccoli she not so much. You will always find that everyone comes with their own likes and dislikes when it comes to food. He did not mind eating the beets though.
Anyway, has always compromise is needed when you have children. We had to reach an agreement—Meet in the middle somehow. Especially, when they realize it’s a “Meatless Night.”
Otherwise, there is some sort of rebellion of “I am not eating my dinner mom, until all the mushrooms are gone!”
All the Parents who have children knows exactly what I am talking about.
I am smiling as I write this, I kind of braced myself for the “Uproar and Rebellion” when I decided to go meatless. I know I am not going to be “well-liked—At all.”
Beet Shiitake And Garlic Pasta with Asiago Cheese
2 Beets (Washed and Peeled)
1 ½ Cups of Vegetable Stock
1 Head of Garlic
1 Medium Onion
1 pack of Shiitake Mushrooms
2 tsp. Dry Italian Herbs
1/2 Cup of Shaved Asiago Cheese
1/4 Cup of Parmesan Cheese
2 Shallots (Washed)
1 tsp. Himalayan Sea Salt
2 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
2 TSP. Unsalted Butter
1 Packet of Spaghetti
1/2 Cup Evaporated Milk
1/2 Sprig of Parsley
Preheat a large saucepan on medium heat. In the meantime, make sure to wash your beets and slice them Julienne style eg, thin strips. Add 1 TSP. of Butter and add your Beets, crushed garlic and your chopped onion. Let cook for about 4 minutes then add your 1 1/2 cup of Chicken Stock. Cook beets until tender about 10 minutes. While your beets are cooking fill a large Pot with at least 6 cups of water bring that to a boil. Add your 1 tsp. Salt and then add your pasta. Cook Pasta for about 10 minutes until al dente. Take off heat, drain (but leave 1/2 of the cooked pasta water) you will add this to your Shiitake sauce later. Run your pasta under cold water from the tap and drain again.
While your pasta is cooking get another saucepan Preheat on medium heat. Add 1 TSP. of Butter to pan and add your chopped parsley and ½ Cup of Evaporated Milk
2 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar and Chopped Shallots, dry Italian herbs and Shiitake Mushrooms. Cook for about 5 minutes. Take the pan off the stove and add your parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup of Pasta stock that you reserved. Add your cooked pasta and toss in the sauce to coat your pasta well. Serve your Pasta by adding your 1/2 cup of “Asiago Cheese” and your cooked beets.
THE NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF BEETS
Beets are packed full of nutrients. It is good for lowering Blood Pressure and can Benefit Brain Health. This food is very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Vitamin C, Iron and Magnesium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Folate, Potassium and Manganese. Beets are very low in calories, with no cholesterol, but they do have the highest sugar content of all vegetables.
Regular consumption of beets in various forms for 1/2 Cup of Cooked Beets will yield you approximately 37 Calories and 7 grams of Sugar for example, enjoying it raw in your salads, marinated Beets or Pickled Beets is also a great benefit to the body, enjoy your fresh or cooked Beets with your favourite salad dressing. By enjoying Beets on a regular basis this will help to prevent cardiovascular diseases in multiple ways, so conditions like, heart attacks, and strokes are less likely to happen. Despite the High Sugar content of Beets it is still considered highly beneficial to consume, especially when you compare Beets to other foods like Fry Chicken, French Fries, Chocolate, Ketchup and other high sugar foods, and high fat foods.
Beets have been known to prevent certain cancers: Studies have revealed that beets are great at preventing skin cancer, lung, and colon cancer. Why? They contain the pigment betacyaninis, which counteracts cancerous cell growth.
Just like with everything in life moderation is the key. We know that Beets have really great benefits for the body but consuming too much of it on a regular basis can also cause some side effects. At the same time, if we just add Beets to our weekly meals even twice per week you can help prevent yourself from getting a serious illnesses like Cancer.
NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF MUSHROOMS
Mushrooms just like Beets have some really great benefits for the body. One in particular is it’s ability to fight off viruses.
Mushrooms have been proven to contain the ability to boost the bodies immune system and combat many diseases by providing numerous important vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Mushrooms are also a high antioxidant food, which means they fight free radical damage. According to extensive research, many mushrooms contain a wide variety of bioactive molecules that have anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant abilities.
One cup of raw white button mushrooms has about 21 calories, 3 grams protein, Less than 1 gram fat, 1 gram fibre, 2 grams sugar
Top 3 Benefits of Mushrooms:
Boost Immune System
Provides Vitamin D
Beets are in season now until November I believe so now is the time to create all your favourite beet recipes. I Purchased a 10 LB Bag of Beets for $1.97 at my Local Freshco Supermarket. I won’t be able to use up all at once so I will be pickling the beets so I can have it during the long winter months.
DESSERT: ON THE MENU
Beet Pudding with Fresh Blueberries Whip Cream and Beet Brittle
Okay, some people might be curious about the Beet Brittle
I decided to create that just for fun for the kids and it turned out pretty good. I am a Professional Baker so I love experimenting with new things and new ideas.
If I can’t do something “Creative” I will go crazy—Literally! I need an outlet to express myself so, often times you will find me experimenting with new things. As long as I have some spare time and providing it doesn’t cost too much and break my budget.
Now, some people might be concerned about calories on this dessert. Trust me this dessert has less calories than a slice of your favourite cake, or a slice of Pizza. It is delicious and guess what! You are not going to make this everyday, so don’t worry about it.
Plus, it is easy to make!
1 1/2 Can of Evaporated Milk
1/2 Cup of Whip Cream (35%)
1/3 Cup of Cornstarch
3 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/4 Cup of Beet Juice
Whip Topping (Optional)
Peel 1 medium Beet—Now you can do this two ways. If you have a food processor, Blender or Juicing Machine then use it. If not Peel your beet, slice it into 2 or 4 pieces and cook it in about 1 1/2 cups of water. Once it is cooked let your beet juice cool and add only 1/4 Cup to your Milk before heating through. Get a heavy bottom pot one don’t heat too fast, heat it on medium heat with your 1 Can of Evaporated Milk bring it close to boiling point but not quite. In a cup add your 1/2 cup of Whip Cream and 1/3 Cup of Cornstarch and using a fork whisk until all or most of your lumps are gone. Add your 1/4 Cup of Beet Juice. Note: Don’t worry about any lumps for now you will use a cheesecloth to strain your milk to eliminate all your lumps. Pour your cornstarch mixture into the pan and stir well. Bring to a boil and take off the heat immediately. Now, using a Cheesecloth strain your milk into a Bowl or pan.Let it cool for about 15 minutes. Then pour your beet cream into your desire container. I use a Clear Tea Cup you can use whatever you want. Refrigerate for for about 2-3 hours. Top with your favourite fruits and dessert toppings.
This Dessert is light tasting, and fresh I love the blueberries with it and the added crunch from the Beet Brittle.
You can add whatever dessert topping you wish.
My Daughter loved this dessert but my son not so much. He is not a Pudding fan. So you will find that some members of your family will love this dessert and others might or maybe the entire family loves pudding.
Great Budget-Friendly Meal considering the beets cost just $1.97 for a 10 LB Bag or $0.06 cents each. 1 Pack of Spaghetti $1.40
I loved the Sharp taste of the Asiago Cheese with the Beets. Now, lets assume you want to up the notch on this meal that is already great tasting and you want to impress your Family, your friends, maybe your husband, wife business associates.
Then serving this dish with your favourite glass of wine would really impress your guests, family members or significant other.
Recipe Created: September 14, 2016
Alice Choo-Shee-Nam—Living In Durham Community Blog