Beet Date Apple & Pistachio Salad

I have a confession, I wasn’t quite sure if I actually liked beets until I recently had a few amazing dishes at a couple of restaurants. One in particular was a beet salad at Ripple in Washington DC. For all of my top chef fans out there, until recently, Marjorie Meek-Bradley was the Executive Chef. Last month, I had a friend visiting for a conference near the restaurant so we decided to check it out. Everything we ordered was absolutely amazing, but the beet salad had a taste unlike anything I have ever had. For better or worse, they change the menu quite often, and when I went to look up the dish a week later in hopes of recreating it, to my horror, it was no longer on the menu. But have no fear, I went to great lengths to learn what was in that salad! I was finally able to connect with the restaurant through Instagram to find out the ingredients in the salad. The recipe included beets, date chocolate puree, orange puree, macadamia nuts, and pickled apple.


However, I am by no means a professional chef, I have never taken a cooking class in my life. That being said,  date chocolate puree seemed a bit above my comfort zone, a bit intensive for a salad, and perhaps a recipe that wouldn’t quite fit with my goal of sharing fairly easy recipes. The recipe below is my take on the salad, reigning in on the skill level and time need to create the dish. I think the salad turned out great, but I have to admit, I still think the one at Ripple was better, if you ever have a chance to go there, you have to try it!



Beet Date Apple & Pistachio Salad

A salad, yes, a salad to satisfy anyone's sweet tooth.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1 small beet
  • 1 small golden beet
  • 1/2 orange peeled
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 dates pitted
  • 1/2 apple
  • 10 pistachios
  • 1 cup mixed greens
  • optional: balsamic vinegar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Peel off the skin of the beet and chop into cubes.
  3. Using a mandolin, thinly slice the golden beet.
  4. Cover the red beets in tinfoil and the golden beets in tinfoil and place them on a cookie sheet
  5. Roast for 20-25 minutes.
  6. In a small sauce pan had 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water. Mix into the sugar dissolves in water
  7. When the sugar is dissolved, add half of the orange into the pan. Let the orange soak up the sugar mixture for 15-20 minutes.
  8. Let the orange mixture cool for a couple of minutes.
  9. Pour the mixture into a food processor/blender. Blend on high until the mixture becomes a smooth orange sauce.
  10. 10. Chop the dates, the apples into matchsticks, and shell the pistachios.
  11. 11. Assemble the salad, add the two types of beets, greens, dates, apples, and pistachios.
  12. 12. Spread orange sauce on the plate with the greens.
  13. 13. To eat mix the greens with the sauce, add some balsamic vinegar if you please.





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Roasted Root Vegetable Hash & Eggs

I am guessing you may have realized I have a thing for runny eggs. For me eggs know no time boundaries, breakfast lunch and dinner I’m in. Of course you all know the runny egg’s best friend is avocado, but believe it or not, runny eggs go well with a whole lot more! Breakfast today is a hash of sweet potatoes, beets, turnips, and parsnips. A healthy breakfast for a weekend morning when you want to switch it up!

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Root Vegetable Hash & Egg

Root Vegetable Hash & Egg

A healthy weekend breakfast when your tired of your usual eggs

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1 small beet
  • 1/2 sweet potato
  • 1 turnip
  • 1 parsnip
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • sea salt to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Peel off the skin of the beet, sweet potato, turnip, and parsnip and chop into cubes.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and sea salt.
  4. Roast for 20-25 minutes.
  5. When the veggies are done, cook one egg to your liking and place on top!


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Beet & Goat Cheese Salad

This weekend I shared my pink “beet” flowers channeling all things pink for the Women’s March on Washington. Looking back, I will always remember that I was one of roughly 500, 000 in Washington, DC, and one of nearly 3.2 million (according to Nate Silver) around the country standing up against the policies and practices of the new administration. It’s quite a coincidence that the number of marchers in the country, is the same number of votes that Hillary Clinton had over Donald Trump in the popular votes, so yes, we did go out and vote.


So, back to beets and these pretty flowers. Why are beets and goat cheese always a pair? At any restaurant a beet salad is always paired with goat cheese. I mean I get the crunchy creamy balance, but really is that it? There are lots of other creamy cheese, brie, feta? so why goat cheese? Anyone know?!

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And on another unrelated note, I am always trying to improve my blog, my photgraphy skills, and my blog aesthetic. Some days I hit it, some days not so much. A lot has to do with whether or not I have good light on the weekends. But I was inspired by a friends project to use this black chalkboard background to display recipe ingredients? What do you think of this new styling? I think I love it !

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Beet & Goat Cheese Salad

  • Servings: 2
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The classic Beet & Goat Cheese Salad gets an upgrade with the addition of Dried Apricots.


  • 1/3 cup dried barley
  • 2 small beets
  • 3 cups of greens
  • 2 TBSP walnuts, chopped
  • 4 dried apricots, chopped
  • 2 TBSP crumbled goat cheese
  • Poppyseed dressing


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Pour 1/3 cup of barley and 2/3 cup-1 cup of water into a small pot. Cook on medium heat until all the water is dissolved and the barley is tender, about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Peel the skin off the beet and cut into cubes.
  4. Wrap the beets in tinfoil and place on a cooking sheet and in the oven.
  5. Roast for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Assemble the salad. Place barley, and beets on a bed of greens. Add chopped walnuts, dried apricots and crumbled goat cheese.
  7. Dress with Poppyseed Dressing.
  8. Enjoy!

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Sweet Potato Beet & Goat Cheese Galette

I think it goes without saying that this is not how I expected my first Inauguration living in DC would go. Actually its about as far as I could have expected. I truly I wish we all could experience all the hope and excitement an Inauguration has to offer but instead I, like many people I  know living in DC plan on hibernating on Friday, and everyone else is leaving town.


My guess is that instead of waking up early to get a spot on the parade route, I’ll be in the kitchen trying to forget what’s happening outside.


If you are coming into DC for the Women’s March on Saturday, Pineapple DC, a community for women in food that seeks to connect the good food movement with the foodie movement to create a better food systems, and Cherry Bombe Magazine have put together some pretty perfect food suggestions! Proud to say I have been to half of the suggestions!


Sweet Potato Beet & Goat Cheese Galette

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something sweet, something crunchy, and something creamy all in a flaky whole wheat crust.


    – 1/2 cup of flour – 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of cold water
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 3 small beets
  • Rosemary
  • 2 TBSP crumbled goat cheese


  1. In a large bowl, add both flours, butter, and greek yogurt. use a fork or a pastry cutter to combine ingredients.
  2. Add the water to the bowl and continue to combine.
  3. Place the dough on plastic wrap and wrap tightly, place in refrigerate for an hour or overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. After an hour, take out the dough, flour your surface, roll out until 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Carefully transfer dough to baking sheet.
  7. Thinly slice the sweet potato and beets.
  8. Arrange the sweet potato and beets in a circle.
  9. Fold up the sides of the sides of the dough, pressing the edges together lightly.
  10. Sprinkle the goat cheese and place rosemary.
  11. Bake in the over for 35-40 minutes.
  12. Enjoy warm!

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Ingredient of the week: Beets

I feel like beets have gained a great deal of popularity in recent years due to their beautiful colors and ability to be used in puns. Color & Puns basically equals instagram gold. beet-pun

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three varieties of beets, red beets, golden beets, and Chioggia 

Beets can be enjoyed both raw or roasted. To eat beets, wash and remove all the skin. Then simply slice and enjoy raw or wrap in tinfoil and roast in the oven. Be careful, the longer the roast, the more pigment that will seep from the beet.

golden beets
red beets 
Chioggia Beets 

Year one Blogiversary & Molly Yeh’s Funfetti Cake

one year. wow. I can’t believe it. mostly I can’t believe that I was able to stick with blogging for a whole year. I wouldn’t consider myself a quitter (cough cough you know who you are) but to stick with something that has no real deadlines or accountability takes a lot of effort and discipline. Again, many a times, I have been told that “homework” is one of my strengths and when you think about it blogging really resembles homework, especially when you have a full time job.But still, I can’t believe it!  about-me-1-of-1-5

So reflecting on this year, it’s really been an eventful one for me. I started this blog last year, right after graduating with a dual masters degree in nutrition and public health. This blog gave me something fun to do as I painstakingly applied to jobs and then all of a sudden, I was offered my current job working in childhood obesity and within a couple weeks, I had moved from Boston to Washington DC. Since then I have learned so much about blogging and cooking and am so happy to continue to share recipes with you.

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In this year, I have featured 23 fruits and vegetables in over 100 recipes. And in case you missed a week: Acorn Squash, Apples, Apricots, Asparagus, Blueberries, Broccoli, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cherries, Corn, Figs, Grapefruit, Mango, Pears, Pomegranate, Pumpkin, Strawberries, Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Watermelon, and of course Zucchini! My goal in creating this blog was and still is to teach others how to cook easy healthy seasonal meals. Along the way, I hope to instill in my readers the importance of reducing food waste, how to small batch cook, and how to appreciate cooking for yourself and others! It’s really important!

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In terms of blogging, one of my favorite things I did this year was attend a book talk/signing by Molly Yeh (who by the way was just named to Forbes 30 under 30) put together by an awesome group here in DC, Pineapple DC. In her book she talks a lot about how she was a very picky eater as a kid (mom-even worse than me!) And how her love of cooking & food comes from the fact that when she goes to new restaurants, she is often trying something for the first time and doesn’t have negative memories of sitting at the table until she ate the last Brussels sprout. I loved meeting Molly and could really relate to her confessions of a picky eater, though I am still hesitant to try new foods. However, similarly, I fell in love with cooking because I loved creating dishes that fit my  taste preferences.


By the way shout out to Molly who also hates Bananas. Not my cup of tea.

molly-yeh-funfetti-cake-1-of-1-14 So, to celebrate my first year of my blog, I made Molly Yeh’s funfetti cake! I made one small substitution, almond milk for whole milk (I just cannot do whole milk). The recipe is from her awesome cookbook Molly on the Range, but can also be found on the Food 52 website.


Have a slice and celebrate with me!


Lemon Lavender Dutch Baby with Mimosas

Happy New Year! I know the New Year always means resolutions to eat healthier and of course I’ll be sharing many healthy recipes and tips to get you on track in January but before I go back to work I wanted one more day to indulge just a little.

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When I lived in Providence, there was a cute Vegan Bakery & Juice place called Wildflour. They made the most delicious lemon lavender cupcakes. It was the first time I had ever had that combination and it was heavenly. Since, I made the Dutch Baby pancakes a few weeks ago, I have had a lemon lavender version of my list of recipes. But, since I haven’t had a lemon ingredient of the week. I didn’t know when to share the recipe. SO New Year’s Brunch seemed as good a time as any. And New Year’s Brunch requires a little hair of the dog, so complimentary mimosa’s were in order.

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Apple Dutch Baby

  • Servings: 1-2
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better than pancakes


  • 1/4 cup of AP flour
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 TBSP sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 2 tsp of edible lavender (divided)
  • – pinch of salt – 1 TBSP butter – 1 TBSP lemon curd
  • whipped cream (optional)
  • – champagne – 4 oz lemonade – 1 TBSP apple butter – 1 cup of water – 1 cup of sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.
  2. Put an oven safe 8-9 inch skillet in the oven.
  3. When the oven is heated reduce to 425 degrees.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, milk, egg, sugar, vanilla, 1 tsp of lavender and salt. Use a whisk to mix until the batter is well combined.
  5. Let the batter rest for 20 minutes.
  6. Add the butter to the hot pan and let it melt and cover the pan.
  7. Pour the batter in the pan and place the pan in the oven.
  8. Cook for 20-25 minutes.
  9. The dutch baby will puff up in the oven but quickly deflate when you take it out-that’s okay.
  10. Transfer the pancake to a plate and top the pancake with lemon curd and whipped cream.
  11. To make the mimosa’s, first make the lavender simple syrup. In a saucepan, add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar and 1 tsp of lavender. Mix gently until all the sugar is dissolved. Remove the lavender.
  12. Pour 5 oz of champagne or cava into glasses. Add 2 oz of lemonade and 1 tbsp of simple syrup to each glass.
  13. Enjoy

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