March 6, 2012

Beets with Yogurt and Walnuts

Last Friday I mentioned that I had borrowed a few cookbooks from the library, one being Food From Many Greek Kitchens. This book had a couple of good recipes I wanted to try, but one in particular caught my eye.


Greek yogurt.


Uh, yeah. I needed that in my life. DSC_0039

Beets with Yogurt and Walnuts slightly adapted from Food From Many Greek Kitchens


  • 1/2 pounds beets, leaves trimmed
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp. coarsely chopped parsley
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 (6 oz.) contained of plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. chopped walnuts, for topping


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Wash the beets well, being careful not to pierce their skins. Wrap each fresh beet individually in aluminum foil and bake for about 1 hour or until tender.

In a small bowl, whip the oil with the lemon juice and garlic.

Once beets have finished cooking, peel them. Trim away the root and cut them into chunks. Put in a bowl. Add the lemon oil, parsley, and season with salt and pepper. Add the yogurt and mix gently. Scatter the walnuts on top and serve.

You know you’re intrigued by this color. Just wait until you see what it does to your pee! (If you’re a chosen one. Sorry, Holly, this doesn’t apply to you.)DSC_0030

In fitness news, I’d like to share a quick treadmill workout with you. It’s quick but will kick your behind! And your quads too. Maybe more!

Now listen up: For the main part of this workout, you will be doing intervals of running with 15 second breaks. During the 15 second breaks, you can hop to the sides of the treadmill, one foot on each side while gripping the handlebars. Be so careful not to fall or you will fly backwards and hurt yourself! And then you probably will never want to come back to your gym out of embarrassment.


Though you are only doing the intervals for 20 minutes total, you will have had enough by minute 25. Trust me. Each 15 second break is enough for your heart to think “Oh, cool, we’re done…oh wait…shoot…just kidding.” Bam, you’re sprinting again. Get sweaty people!

Are you a fan of beets? Favorite beet recipe? I have a slew of recipes that readers have sent me if anyone is interested!

Do you prefer interval workouts or long, steady runs? I get so bored on the treadmill that intervals are my preference.

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  • I like beet salad and Polish Barszcz …which is a beet soup–you should try it, it very yummy if spiced properly! 🙂

  • itzyskitchen

    Definitely an interesting looking dish! Beets are one of those food that just don’t look that tasty…I think thats why a lot of people say they don’t like them (before they even give them a go). But I bet that flavor combo is awesome. 

  • I love beets! My favourite way to use them is in a spinach salad with goat cheese, dried figs, toasted almonds and chicken.

    Also that workout looks killer! When I do intervals I need to recover for at least a minute! 😛

  • Livefortherun

    Just beet it MJ! I am honestly not a huge fan, but I’ll eat them if I go out and they are in a dish. The color you get from using them is so lovely!

  • Gwyn Moseley

    I love beets and often forget to eat them! My favorite is a simple salad with mixed greens, walnuts, roasted beets, and either goat or feta cheese with a balsamic vinaigrette. 

  • I have to admit that I am scared to try beets even though I am a veggie lover.

    There, I said it.

  • I have yet to try beets…

    I prefer interval workouts. Lately I’ve been doing them on the incline trainer at my gym. I pretty much want to pass out by the end ha

  • I’ve never eaten beets. My dad eats them out of the can and they look so disgusting that I can’t bring myselft to try them.

  • Mandee

    I love beets! I will for sure be trying this recipe. It looks so good! I am going to try to grow beets this year. 

  • Liziheartvegetables

    I’ve only had beets in a few things, and they’re fine but I’m not beet obsessed. At least, not yet 😉

    I can’t stand long monotonous workouts. I need intervals or something to change it up!

  • I’m telling you girl…you must try Blast 900 in Mt. P! If you like this kind of interval workout, you’ll love Blast. First class is free!

  • I still have not gotten into beets, but my husband loves them. I bet he’d like this!

  • Polosapolosa

    Wow this is my first time to see like this food, and its looks like taste..
    Fab Defence

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