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2 Ways Healthy Harvard Beets

2 Ways Healthy Harvard Beets  (Paleo, AIP, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Gut-Health, Refined Sugar-Free)
2 Ways Healthy Harvard Beets
(Paleo, AIP, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Gut-Health, Refined Sugar-Free)


Hi, my beautiful people!

Hope everybody is doing fine.

This dish is remarkable for the time before, it seems that it was created in a called Hardwood, an England tavern with the same name but was misspelled when arrived in the United States around the 1800s, others believe that the name was created because of the color of the Harvard Crimson football jersey hue, anyway not always we can have a certain of what happened in those remote times, but my theory is closer to the arrival of the English in the northeastern part of this country. It has its variations, it has been made with cornstarch, or with wheat flour, I made it with both of them before but now looking for better ways of incorporating some healthy flour into my day-to-day food I adapted the recipe.

Weirdly, I haven't seen it frequently around the web even on the healthy side dishes, and my intention immediately was to ask myself why I had not written my version. In my house
I always have been making it, a culture inherited from my best leader in the kitchen my mom, that can convert stones into any delicious meal, and besides that, because they are so healthy, fresh, sour, and sweet, excellent for accompanying any meat, it is filled with chopped beets, the same juice where they were boiled, coconut sugar, apple cider vinegar cassava flour, ghee, or could be coconut or olive oil as well, you can eat it warm or cool, and it makes your mouth to dance with joy! 

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It could be your next famous side dish for the holidays so if you don't remember it, do not skip it. I don't see how it is not possible to add it instead of or additional to the cranberry sauce or you can eat it any day of the week as I do.

I love beets! I think you should know that at this point, and if you follow what I write, they make me feel good but additionally, I tell you something, even some people that I know including my daughter did not like them. Still, when I made this side dish when she was a child she ate it, and like it without asking, so maybe some people that don't like it can benefit from trying this way of eating it.

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The recipe can be made in time, refrigerate for a fresh Summer salad, or can be eaten right away, hot or warm for the Spring, Fall, or Winter seasons accompanied by any kind of meat, especially chicken, turkey, lamb, pork, and seafood.

Packed with lots of nutrients to nourish your body it's also gluten-free, paleo, AIP, gut-healthy, and super delicious! It can be Whole30 if you take the risk and don't add any sugar, decreasing the apple cider vinegar a little, and let me know how it turns.

And... there we go with the recipe that is almost the same as some of you should know, I have made it in two variations, I like both but I'm beaten by the one I always ate when I was a little girl.  Anyways, I cannot decide which is better but you can adapt each one to your taste buds or take only one as the star.  You have to know to decrease the quantity of sugar because oranges are sweet, and they won't have the exact color as the first recipe because we don't utilize their juice.

2 Ways Healthy Harvard Beets  (Paleo, AIP, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Gut-Health, Refined Sugar-Free) 5
Healthy Harvard Beets with a plantain-tuna empanada.

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Healthy Harvard Beets with cassava pasta with shrimp.
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2 WAYS HEALTHY HARVARD BEETS (Paleo, AIP, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Gut-Health, Refined Sugar-Free)
         
2 Ways Healthy Harvard Beets  (Paleo, AIP, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Gut-Health, Refined Sugar-Free)
                                                                                                                            
Preparation Time: 10 min     
Boiling Time: 30-40 min (depends on the size)
Cooking Sauce Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 45 min
The recipe yields for 6-8 persons


Ingredients Adapted from my mom's Recipe:
  1. 2 pounds of boiled beets, washed, ends trimmed, see note below
  2. 1/2 cup beets water (add more like 1/4 cup if you like the sauce thinner)
  3. 1/3-1/2 cup coconut, date, or maple sugar or any sweetener, even honey (adjust to your liking) I like to use 1/3 cup
  4. 1/4-1/3 cup apple cider vinegar (adjust to your liking starting with 1/4 cup, add 1 tbsp at a time until desired sour taste)
  5. 1 1/2 tbsp cassava flour
  6. 1/2 tsp salt (adjust to your liking)
  7. Pinch of fresh cracked black pepper (optional)
  8. 3 tbsp ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, or any vegan butter can be used too

Ingredients Second Recipe:
  1. 2 pounds of boiled beets, washed, ends trimmed (see note below)
  2. 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (add more juice like 1/4 cup if you like the sauce thinner)
  3. 1/4-1/3 cup coconut, date, or maple sugar or any sweetener, even honey (adjust to your liking)
  4. 1/4-1/3 cup apple cider vinegar (adjust to your liking starting with 1/4 cup, add 1 tbsp at a time until desired sour taste)
  5. 1 1/2 tbsp cassava flour
  6. 1/2 tsp salt (adjust to your liking)
  7. Pinch of fresh cracked black pepper (optional)
  8. 3 tbsp ghee, coconut oil, or any vegan butter can be used too

How to Make Healthy Harvard Beets?

Wash and scrub the beets well, and cut the stems leaving 1/2 inch of them (reserve the leaves for another use, see this post) do not cut them to the root because they will bleed, it means that most of the color they have will remain in the water and they will be like clear in color and translucid, wash the other end well but don't cut it either.

Put them into an Instant Pot or a large pot, almost cover them with water, and add if you like (I do it all the time) roughly medium to one teaspoon of salt, or you can leave it out, close the lid and program it for 30 minutes, depending on the size of them if they are bigger they are more fibrous so add 5-10 minutes more. I like them in medium sizes.

When they are done, release the pressure, open the lid, and transfer them to a plate or bowl to cool down. Take the skin off, and chop them in cubes or slices taking into account that if you chop them too think it will be a little hard for the sauce to get inside them, mine are cut a little smaller than a dice. Reserve the water until the end.

How to Make the Sour and Sweet Sauce?

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Into a pot (medium size) add the sugar, salt, and cassava flour, measure the beet's water mix with the vinegar a pour over the sugar mixture stirring until everything is dissolved.

Turn on the stovetop to medium temperature, and continue stirring it constantly until it is thick, taste it and add more water or sugar, vinegar, etc. and add the ghee, coconut oil, or vegan butter to it, stir again.

Now you have two choices:

- Pour it over the beets, and stir it or,

- Transfer the beets to a pot, and cook for 5-10 minutes to integrate all. 

It's up to you, I have made both but I like to save time in the kitchen, and I haven't seen any difference so what I do is:  when I chop the beets, I transfer them to the bowl I will use to serve the dish, I always try to keep them warm with a lid on, take the lid off and pour the hot sauce over them so that they absorb it, stir well, and that's it eat it hot or let it be at room temperature, or transfer to the fridge and eat it cool. The sauce will be thick on the fridge.

This is valid for both recipes.

Also, although the original recipe is with this color, you can make it with any kind of beets as orange, yellow, etc.

Enjoy!

Notes: Adds-in chopped nuts, especially walnuts, add them at the moment of eating a portion of the dish.

Take half of the apple cider vinegar, and add balsamic vinegar for the other half, watching for the sugar content, so always test it.

Let`s connect! I want to see your creation, tag me at @martahealthyrecipes so everyone will know what your thoughts and changes are, and this will help the community and myself.

Nutrition Facts 2 Ways Healthy Harvard Beets (Paleo, AIP, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Gut-Health, Refined Sugar-Free) 2

















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