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Gonna Be Fresh from the Garden Roasted Beets

I had these beets I bought at the produce market and could not decide what to do with them.  I’m sure I had something I mind when I picked them up.  Have you ever done that?  I do it all the time.  So I trimmed them and roasted them.  They were so good and fresh tasting.  The Yahoo Shine supper club came along with the right idea at the right time.  I am glad to take these there.

As a child we always had pickled beets that were sweet and I guess that is what I always thought they tasted like.  I don’t remember them any other way.  But roasting fresh vegetables brings out a sweet natural taste I just love.  Krista planted beets in her garden last year.  I think I’m going to give them a try this year.

Here we go – already expanding what was going to be a very small, selective summer garden.  I went out to cut some thyme the other day and discovered the yard man thought it was weed and pulled it out when he was doing the initial heavy cleaning from the winter. I knew I should have been out there with him.  But the wind was blowing and I had shown him what I wanted cleaned up.  And this thyme had survived the winter very well.  I’ll never find another German thyme plant in El Paso again!  So I must add that to my ever-growing list of plants to watch for.

My kids give me gift cards to the local garden centers for my birthday and Christmas. They are my favorite gift.  I can look forward to shopping and savor the benefits all Spring and Summer long.  I save them until it is time to go shopping in the spring.  I am about to launch into garden mode around here.  I’ve seen things begin to green up and the weeds are doing very well on the borders of the beds.  In about October I always decide I won’t do anything but my flower pots around the patio.  But…….that hasn’t happened just yet.

But back to these beets. It’s called Recipes and RAMBLINS for a reason folks. :)

Roasted Beets

Butternut Squash and Brussel Sprouts-Eating the Alphabet Challenge

We now return to our eating healthy schedule since Valentine’s Day is over.  I have decided to participate in the Eating the Alphabet Challenge.  This challenge is organized and coordinated by Brenda at Meal Planning Magic.  What a great idea!  This is where on the 15th of each month I will publish vegetable recipes and share them at the link party with other bloggers.  If you are interested in joining us you can find out more here.

This first challenge was the letters A and B.  I assigned my oldest daughter the A because I like several “B” vegetables.  She is late with her homework!  I am sure we will see something soon.  I thought I had a bag of beets and broccoli in the freezer.  It turned to be Brussels sprouts and butternut squash.  That worked for my part of the job.  I decided to do a little nutritional investigation on my assignment.  This could prove to be very beneficial.  I only checked 1 source for my information:  http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2363/2

Butternut squash has 41 calories per 1/2 cup of cubes; 0 grams of fat; 8 mg of sodium and 22 grams of carbohydrates.  (squash, winter, butternut, cooked, baked, without salt)

Brussels sprouts have 28 calories per 1/2 cup serving; 1 gram fat; 16 mg sodium; 6 grams carbohydrates; rich in vitamin C and A, iron and calcium. (Brussels sprouts, cooked, baked without salt)

Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussel Sprouts

Check out the link party below (must be registered to enter) and don’t forget to check out the Eating the Alphabet Pinterest board. There you can keep track of all the recipes that are added month-to-month but also find new recipes from last year too. What’s your favorite fruit, vegetable, grain or legume that starts with the letter A or B?