Fall Cookin’ on an October Afternoon: Root Vegetables and Paleo Pumpkin Bread

I spent the afternoon in one of my favorite places (my kitchen), really embracing the colors and vegetables of fall. I decided that I really hadn’t dabbled into the root vegetables of the season and taken advantage of seasonal eating, so I pulled out some colorful and delicious beets. This of my favorite root vegetables, that are oh so versatile and tasty! So lets  get started with  those beets!

Beets, are usually those red roots in the grocery store that you are a bit intimidated to try for yourself. Well fear no more, they are absolutely fabulous and have so many health benefits. Some of the nutritional benefits are:

1. They were anciently used as an aphrodisiac. Beets contain high amounts of the micro-nutrient boron that can positively  affect your production of sex hormones!

2. They are extremely high in nutrients! Lots of them including potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene, beta-cyanine; folic acid!

3. They are a wonderful tonic for the liver, works as a purifier for the blood, and can possible help in the prevention of cancer. Nuff said, right? Tastes good and prevents cancer? Sign me up!

4. Beets have been shown to have contain betaine and trytophan, which both can be beneficial in maintaining a good sense of well-being, a healthy state of relaxation and have been used in the treatment of depression.

5.At the same time they are low in calories and high in sugar (although the sugar is released into your system gradually, as opposed to chocolate). Very few foods found in the natural world are as beneficial as beets in this regard.

So now let’s take the guess work out of it, and show you how to easily prepare them, by roasting them in the oven.

RECIPE:

5 pieces of chicken (any cut will work)

1 golden beet

3 red beets

water

salt and pepper

fresh garlic

thyme

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees

Then wash your beet thoroughly, removing any excess dirt

Chop them into cubes (you can remove the outside layer if you’d like, but I left mine on), nestle them with chicken by placing them in a 9 X 13 pan and then just topped them with fresh thyme, garlic, salt and pepper. Finish by pouring about 1/2 cup of water over the top of them and place them in the oven to roast for about 50 minutes or until they are cooked thoroughly.

Enjoy as a side to any fall-friendly meal!

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I also wanted to share (in less detail), that I did some baking today and utilized another fall staple, pumpkin!

I prepared some wonderful Paleo Pumpkin Bread, I used the recipe from Elana’s Pantry. It is SO GOOD and a must try for any aspiring Paleo baker out there!

Paleo Pumpkin Bread

  1. In a large bowl combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves
  2. In a vitamix puree oil, agave, eggs and pumpkin until smooth
  3. Stir wet ingredients into dry
  4. Rub the interior of the loaf pan with coconut oil to insure an easily removal from the pan when finished
  5. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes
  6. Cool for 2-3 hours
  7. Serve

Makes 1 loaf

Thanks for checking out my blog and from my kitchen to yours, have a wonderful week!

Karmen

References:

“Paleo, Gluten Free, Grain Free, High Protein and Healthy.” RSS. Web. 21 Oct. 2014.

Dumas, Kiley. “6 Health Benefits of Eating Beets.” Www.fullcircle.com. Full Circle, 10 May 2012. Web. 21 Oct. 2014.

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