As part of our Chicago Green City Market haul, we brought home a bevy of beautiful beets and a mess o’ tiny microgreens — pea shoots, sunflower shoots, sprouts of every variety. They were so cute, we couldn’t resist! And honestly, they taste amazing. Teeny tiny basil shoots pack a WALLOP of fresh basil flavor, who knew? And I could snack on sunflower shoots all day long – they’re delicious! Tiny Greens Organic Farm is one of the only growers of these mini marvels in the Midwest area, and they supply a ton of restaurants in the Chicago area. They grow the greens in an underground facility with special lighting, so they can grow and harvest all year long.
And the beets! A rainbow of gold, red, purple. I adore beets, especially dolloped with goat-cheese mousse and a shower of tiny, fresh chives. They have an earthy flavor that just tastes so good to me. Plus, beets are a good source of fiber and Vitamin C and a very good source of folate. And they’re colorful! Check it out!
To roast the beets, just wrap them in aluminum foil and roast at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes. Remove from oven, remove foil (be careful, they’re hot!) Let cool a bit and then slip the skins off, and slice into wedges or round slices.
To make the dressing for the beets, here’s all you do:
Goat Cheese Mousse
Combine in a blender:
1/3 C Champagne vinegar
1/3 C olive oil
About 4 ounces plain goat cheese, softened to room temp
1 tsp sugar
Whirl at medium speed until it all comes together. Do not overblend or it will break apart and be a gloppy mess (believe me I know this). Alternatively, you could create a regular vinaigrette with 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 Champagne vinegar, some salt and pepper and crumble the goat cheese on top. But I love the creamy consistency and rich flavor of the Goat Cheese Mousse. Try it – you might like it!
Of course, the Lazy Cook really doesn’t use recipes – all she did was pile up her microgreens, sprinkle on some feta cheese and some raw pine nuts and she called it a ” dish.” I gotta give her credit on this one, though – it was delicious, even without any dressing.
Let us know what you think!