Beet & Pesto Napoleon!

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Tonight’s dish is a whimsical little number I like to call, my Beet and Pesto Napoleon! There’s just something about beets — they bring out the Dr. Seuss in me!

Well, these weren’t purple beets – although I do love that dramatic hue. No – these were golden beets, a delicacy that I just love! All the benefits and sam great taste as a “regular” purple beet, minus the stained cutting board and purple stained hands!

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So I thought it would be fun to create a napoleon out of beets! And I layered it full of a beautiful green pea pesto!

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And, it’s gluten free, vegan, Paleo, and Specific Carb Diet friendly!

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Here’s what you need: (serves 1, makes 2 napoleons) — obviously, this recipe would be very simple to double

1 golden beet, sliced in 1/2-inch rounds

1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
2 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted
1 garlic clove, chopped (don’t double if you’re doubling the recipe)
juice of 1/2 lemon
3/4 cup of fresh basil
1 Tbsp EVOO
salt and pepper

Food Processor
Baking sheet
Olive oil mister
Tinfoil (I use nonstick and it’s a game changer)
Good Chef’s Knife (This is the one I use and love)

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Scrub and dry your beets. (No need to peel, just scrub. Besides, that’s where a lot of the nutrients are — in the skin!) Place the beet rounds on a tinfoil-lined, olive oil-sprayed baking sheet. Spritz them with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping half-way through.

Meanwhile, place the filling ingredients in the food processor, and process until smooth and creamy, scraping the sides several times.

To assemble, place about 2 Tbsp of filling between each beet slice. Garnish with fresh chopped basil.

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This dish was fabulous! I just love beets — they’re nature’s candy! They’re sweet, they’re savory, and they’re the perfect canvas for pretty much anything, but especially pesto! They’re wonderfully chewy, and yet slightly firm, and coupled with the creamy green pea pesto — it was divine!

The flavors were outrageous too. The pesto was bright and fresh from the lemon and basil, with a subtle garlic note. Paired with the sweet and earthy beets, it was just delightful!

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And it was a beautiful dish — the bright yellow-orange, with the pop of electric green — she’s a looker! πŸ™‚

Eat this as a snack, a light lunch, or pair this with a fresh filet of fish, or a hearty salad, and you’ve got the perfect springtime meal!

What’s your favorite springtime dish?

“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5

Comes in other fun colors too!

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42 responses to “Beet & Pesto Napoleon!”

  1. Wow, this sandwich looks yummy Caralyn! I’d certainly give it a go. Your last post was really powerful, I so admire your courage! I hope your mum is well, and dad too of course. πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ƒ

    • Thanks John! Yes! It was super yummy πŸ™‚ and thanks for saying that πŸ™‚ glad you enjoyed it. And they are! They’re doing great! Hugs and love xox

    • Thanks so much Dave! It was so bright and fresh πŸ™‚ Hugs and love xox

    • Thanks so much Lane! It was definitely a fun one to make and eat!! πŸ™‚ hehe Hugs and love xox

  2. Caralyn nice idea! As we know beets have always been a notoriously difficult item to get children to eat heartily. I’ll even admit that to this day they don’t rank high on my menu of dinner items, I’d much rather have a sweet potato or even sautΓ©ed onions! But I know about putting together concoctions and improvising is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. This is very interesting to me so I’ll give it a whirl especially because I love pine nuts, garlic and lemon, so this must be tasty. I’d be interested in knowing what kind of response this recipe will illicit from a wide range of children; because that would be to me the true test of whether this has now solved a long standing problem of getting the kids to eat all their vegetables! Either way, I do congratulate you on this interesting attempt to make the blah things more appetizing and pleasing to the palate!

    • Thanks so much Lawrence! So true – I think one way to get kids excited about eating vegetables is not only to make it fun but get them involved in the cooking and buying process! I will say this – when I was on bed rest for my ulcerative colitis and first adopted a vegan diet, I was cooking for my whole family. And my dad – who claims to be allergic to vegetables πŸ˜‚ – loved my cooking. As did my super picky kid cousin. So who knows!! πŸ™‚ Hugs and love xox

    • Hahahahaha oh my gosh Tony, I literally laughed out loud at this one! Haha Hugs and love xox

    • Yes!! They are really wonderful – same great taste and nutrients without the messy cleanup!! Hugs and love xox

  3. Looks amazing! I love beets too as does my family. Can’t wait to try this out and share…could be an awesome app too…especially with grilling season upon us.

    • hahahahhahah oh my gosh you’re too funny!!! yeah, we have definitely talked about it– we’ve talked about a cooking date! hahah hugs xo

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