Spiralized Beets with Oranges and Blue Cheese
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Up until recently, I haven’t had beets for quite some time. Maybe the occasional beet on a salad at a restaurant or at a wedding, but I would never just make them myself. Then, a few things happened. First, my sister made spiralized beets when I went to visit in March and they were really good. I think we put balsamic and something else on them…maybe honey, and just roasted them in the oven. Then, I actually ordered roasted beets at a tapas style restaurant when my brother was here visiting, and they were amazing. It made start thinking about creating my own similar dish. Finally, I happened to find a container of pre-spiralized beets at my local publix…yes I am that lazy/busy person that likes to take an occasional shortcut. Anyways, there was now no excuse not to try my hand at a delicious beet recipe.
Spiralized Beets with Oranges and Blue Cheese
Before I give you the recipe I should probably tell you why you should eat beets. Other than the fact that they are delicious of course. The short story is that beets are a vegetable and vegetables are good for you, we all know that. But why beets specifically? One of the great things about these root veggies is their high dietary nitrate content. Nitrates are a compound made up of nitrogen and oxygen and are naturally found in our food supply. They are abundant in vegetables such as leafy greens and beets and have been shown to help lower blood pressure and enhance exercise performance. So beets are delicious and heart healthy…you definitely have to try them now!
Spiralized Beets with Oranges and Blue Cheese

Spiralized Beets with Oranges and Blue Cheese

4 Cups Spiralized Beets
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar + Extra for Drizzling
1 Cup Mandarin Orange Slices
1/4 Cup Reduced Fat Blue Cheese Crumbles

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss beets with olive oil and 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar in a medium roasting pan. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and toss in oranges. Mix together and cook for another 5-10 minutes or until oranges are warm and beets are to desired tenderness. Remove from oven, stir and place in serving dish. Top with blue cheese and drizzle with more balsamic vinegar if desired. Serve warm immediately or refrigerate and serve cold.
Spiralized Beets with Oranges and Blue Cheese
Easy Stuffed Mushrooms
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At least twice a month, I make stuffed mushrooms. They are super easy to make, flavorful and perfect for a busy weeknight meal. You can really change up the flavor by using different cheeses, vinegar, spices and veggies for the stuffing. If you need some meat in your mushroom, sausage could also be a great addition. Personally, when I make stuffed mushrooms I like to pile in lots of cheese and veggies. For a side I may do a fresh salad or whole grains to make a more complete meal.


Easy Stuffed Mushrooms


2 portobello mushroom caps
2/3 c reduced fat feta cheese (I used Athenos reduced fat tomato and basil feta cheese)
1/2 teaspoon dried or fresh chopped basil
6 grape tomatoes, sliced
Drizzle of balsamic vinegar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove stems from mushrooms and rinse clean. Place upside down on a cooking sheet. Distribute cheese, basil, and sliced tomatoes evenly between each mushroom cap. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over feta mixture to taste. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for approximately 15 minutes or until mushroom caps are soft.