Tag: healthy cooking

Beets, Beets Baby. Enjoy!

Roasted Beets
Growing up, the only thing I knew about beets was that they came pickled in a jar, and I didn’t like them then. Although I have developed an appreciation for the pickled beet, I much prefer them roasted. I hope you enjoy these beets and the salad that you can make with them.

The beets can be eaten as is, or incorporated into a salad. One of my favorite ways to do that is to nestle a spoonful or two of beets on a bed of arugula or spinach and top with roasted and salted pumpkin seeds and feta or boursin cheese. You can use the beet juice mixed with vinegar in the bowl as your dressing. The salad would be excellent topped with green onion as well. Experiment with the flavors of vinegar for marinating the beets and your salad toppings!

In the video linked above, I mentioned Oliveto, my source in Roanoke, Virginia for high quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Almost every city has a similar shop, but if not, Oliveto ships. http://www.olivetooliveoil.com/

Roasted Beets, serves 4 (0 WW SP)

  • 1 bunch fresh beets, 5 usually comes in a bunch
  • 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and cover a small baking pan with foil. Tear off a small piece of foil for each beet, large enough for each beet to be wrapped completely. Wash and dry beets thoroughly, just as you would if baking potatoes. Cut the root and stem ends off. Rub each beet with a small amount of olive oil and wrap in one of the pieces of foil. Place the wrapped beets on the foil lined pan, and roast in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour. You will know the beets are done when the thin blade of a knife can pierce the beet without resistance. Remove beets from the oven and allow to cool until they are still warm, but cool enough to handle. Rub the beets’ skins off with a paper towel, if desired. Roughly chop beets and place in any container with a lid. Stir in desired balsamic vinegar (lemon, for example) and marinate in the refrigerator until they are thoroughly cooled.

What I Eat in A Day on Weight Watchers Freestyle #1

Now that I look back on Tuesday, I can see why I had no appetite and why I left 4 points on the table. That is so unusual for me! It started out as a beautiful day and I felt great. The next morning, all indicators were pointing to the flu, so I made an appointment and got tested. The flu it was!

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Baked Apples-1 Weight Watchers Point!

These baked apples couldn’t be easier, and the bonus is that they have only 1 Weight Watchers Point per serving. That point comes from the coconut sugar, which gives these apples their depth of flavor, along with a sprinkling of cinnamon. I used Gala apples, but any should work in this recipe just fine.

Baked Apples 1 Weight Watchers Point-Serves 4

  • 4-5 Gala apples, washed and peeled-optional
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste
  • 2-3 Tablespoons water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a square baking dish with cooking spray and add the water. Peel apples, if choosing to do so, and slice. Place all into a square baking dish and sprinkle the coconut sugar and desired amount of cinnamon. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes. Check that the apples have softened, and if not, cover again and bake an additional 15 minutes. When apples are tender, stir apples and return to the oven to cook uncovered for 15-20 minutes. Remove apples from the oven and stir, and allow to sit for a few minutes to cool. The syrup in the dish will thicken slightly as it cools. Serve warm or chilled.

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Welcome! Thanks for joining me at Amy Common Sense Southern. I’m an educator by day, blogger by night, and aspiring YouTuber. If you’re reading this blog post, you’ve found me because you’re interested in eating better, feeling better, and living better. Maybe you want to start a weight loss journey or you’re trying to maintain. Do you enjoy finding new healthy recipes and talking about kitchen tools and gadgets? Over time I hope to share the experiences about living this crazy life, and what I’ve learned, that might save you some trouble and heartache. I’d also like to share my other interests as I experience them. As the main shopper in my household I’ve gotten pretty good at it. Let’s find the best stuff out there and compare notes! Like you, I love to try new things and experiences, and share how they’ve worked out for me. I think we’ll have lots of things in common to talk about, and I look forward to getting your feedback. I wish you the best!

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