Monday, May 12, 2014

#cantcook, #help!

One of my oldest and dearest friends from my hometown Hershey, Pa has been cracking me up via her Instagram posts on her CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) boxes.  Amy's pictures of her weekly vegetables are amazing, which is to be expected since she's a photographer (check out her website here).  However, it's her hashtags that have me laughing out loud!  She often claims she's #juicing her veggies because she #cantcook or making veggie bouquets, pictured below, as #methodstoavoidcooking.  However, my all time favorites are #nowonderimnotmarried and #help.  Well Amy, I'm here to #help!  
Photography credit: Moonrise Rebel
I have created a simple and delicious recipe using 3 of the 6 items from her box.  Now, it does require turning on the oven, but I promise it's not as difficult as you think.  Besides prepping your vegetables for juicing is pretty much the same for making this salad.  Oh and the honey glazed roasted beets are like eating candy.  I know you can't pass that one up, Amy!  

Collard Green Salad over Honey Glazed Red Beets and Burrata Cheese

3-4 small to medium red beets
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup collard greens, tough stems removed and chopped
1/4 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup spinach, chopped
2 - 2 ounce fresh burrata balls, sliced
3 tablespoons olive oil
1-1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon whole grain Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

In a small bowl whisk together 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the apple cider vinegar and Dijon mustard.  Season with salt and pepper, whisk to combine and set aside.

In a small mixing bowl place the collard greens in and pour the dressing over top.  Toss to coat.  Massage the greens for 1-2 minutes.  This breaks up the greens a bit making them easier to eat and digest.  Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight to marinate.  The salad can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Using a vegetable peeler, carefully peel the skin from the beets.  Cut the beets into 3/4 inch slices.  Place the sliced beets on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Brush the beets with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Bake in the oven for 40 minutes turning them over halfway through.  Drizzle with the honey and bake for another 10 minutes.  Remove the beets from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature.

Remove the collard greens from the refrigerator.  Add the chopped spinach and shredded carrots to the collard greens and toss to combine.  

Assembling the salad:
Place the honey glazed beets on a medium plate or platter.  Place the sliced burrata on top of the beets and then top with the collard green salad.  Makes 2 large servings or 4 small servings.

 Notes: Amy receives her CSA box from Spiral Path Farms and I receive mine from Farm Fresh To You.