We all know we need to eat more veggies... but we get tired of the same old things. We've also become conditioned to variety, so we tend to be able to eat more healthy foods when there is a mixture of flavours and textures. The challenge, of course, is the time and effort involved in food preparation.
This recipe is a family favourite, and one that the kids never grow tired of. Besides tasting good, it's loaded with nutrients: beets are high in fibre, vitamin C, folate, potassium, and manganese, while apples are also particularly high in vitamin C and fibre. The sesame seeds add a variety of other minerals too.
I make a big batch that, along with one or two other salads, will last for more than one meal. That gives us variety and makes the next couple of meals easier to prep. And remember, presentation makes a difference. Think French cuisine: aesthetics contributes to the sense of satisfaction from a meal, and your visual appreciation of the dish starts off the digestive process before the food even reaches your mouth.
Easy Beet and Apple Salad
Mix approximately equal amounts of:
- raw beets, peeled and grated
- raw apples, grated - peel on is best, please be sure they are organic; you can use any kind of apple, however green apples are a particularly nice contrast
- one or two Tablespoons of sesame seeds
Dressing can be small amounts of extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar, but if the ingredients are fresh, they are so flavourful and moist that I rarely add anything to it. The kids have never noticed the difference!