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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!
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!
And, it’s gluten free, vegan, Paleo, and Specific Carb Diet friendly!
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
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)
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.
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!
And it was a beautiful dish — the bright yellow-orange, with the pop of electric green — she’s a looker! 🙂
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
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42 responses to “Beet & Pesto Napoleon!”
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. 😎😃
Thanks John! Yes! It was super yummy 🙂 and thanks for saying that 🙂 glad you enjoyed it. And they are! They’re doing great! Hugs and love xox
I love beets! My favorite though is sambousek, (i hope I spelled that right) a spinach pie with feta cheese.
Celebrating your creativity!! Love you, friend.xo 😄❤
Aw thanks Tonya! Haha yeah – never a dull moment in my kitchen 🙂 hehe have a great night! Hugs and love xox
Wow, it must be delicious, dear. I will try your recipe. I will also share your recipe. Take care, dear. Thanks a lot.
Thanks so much!
Thanks for posting that, it looks good!
Thanks so much Dave! It was so bright and fresh 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Thanks so much Terese!! Hugs and love xox
Same to you Caralyn!! ♥️♥️♥️
Looks wonderful! ✨🙏🏻
Thank you so much!! I loved the fresh flavor from the basil! Hugs and love xox
Thank you! 🌟
What a great looking dish. I’m not a fan of beets but this looks delicious. It is very obvious you love beets. Thanks for sharing 🌻🌻
Thanks so much Lane! It was definitely a fun one to make and eat!! 🙂 hehe Hugs and love xox
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 sautéed 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 😂 – loved my cooking. As did my super picky kid cousin. So who knows!! 🙂 Hugs and love xox
“Beets” the pb&j I had for dinner. Any leftovers? – tsk
Hahahahaha oh my gosh Tony, I literally laughed out loud at this one! Haha Hugs and love xox
Confession: I didn’t know there were golden beets. This looks so delicious and I have to try them now!! 😍
Yes!! They are really wonderful – same great taste and nutrients without the messy cleanup!! Hugs and love xox
Love love love beets!
Your pictures are amazing 🙂
Oh my gosh thank you! That’s kind of you to say! Hugs and love xox
This looks delicious and I am going to try this soon. Thank you for sharing!
Thanks so much!! Hope you enjoy it!! Hugs and love xox
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.
Thank you so much Cheyenne! yes! i love grilling season 🙂 hugs xo
Hugs Back at ya.
I’m sure your current date can be reeled in my your huge talent in cooking 🙂
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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So goodddd…to look at of course lol 😛 love the colors. I love the red beet! It’s so sweet and we love making salad with it here on de islands 🙂 and other dishes as well! I never knew it came in the color too. I’ll love to try this √ blessings!!!
hahah thank you so much Tammy!! Beets are my FAVORITE!! 🙂 hugs xox
You’re so much welcomed! 🙂 I can tell!