beets and treats

One great thing about working on a produce farm is getting to try types of vegetables previously absent from one’s diet – like garlic scapes, mustard greens, Japanese salad turnips, and one of my new favourites, golden beets! They taste great roasted with olive oil and salt & pepper.

Since we were craving veggie burgers and fries one evening, M and I decided to try some lentil-walnut burgers with sweet potato and yam fries. The fries were a bit underdone, but the burgers turned out pretty well!

Recipe from Mollie Katzen

Served with a hunk of avocado ūüôā¬†

I always like to bake citrus-y things in the summer, and I had some buttermilk to use up (made from milk fresh from the dairy farm where my house-mate works!!) so lemon blueberry buttermilk muffins it was.

Recipe, modified from Joy of Baking:

2 1/2 cups (325 grams) whole-wheat flour

1/2 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

Zest of one lemon

1 large egg, lightly beaten

3/4 cup (180 ml) buttermilk

1/3 cup (160 ml) canola oil

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Position rack in center of oven. Line a muffin trip with paper liners.

In a large measuring cup or bowl whisk together the egg, buttermilk, oil, applesauce, and vanilla extract. 

In another large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and lemon zest. Gently stir in the berries. With a rubber spatula fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir only until the ingredients are combined. Do not over mix the batter!

Fill each muffin cup almost full of batter, using two spoons or anice creamscoop. Place in the oven and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rackand let cool for about 5 minutes before removing from pan. Dust with powdered sugar.

Makes 12 regular sized muffins

Time to enjoy the rest of the weekend – it’s been a nice, relaxing one so far – lots of reading in the sun (currently reading “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer and “Bodily Harm” by Margaret Atwood), park chillin’, strawberry picking, cooking, and movie-watching.

2 thoughts on “beets and treats

  1. if i didn’t hate lemon i would say those muffins sound delish! lentil walnut burgers on the other hand.. mm… you know what that reminds me of right?

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