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Beets are the da bomb

April 23, 2009 - Kathie Evanoff
A few weeks ago I wrote a weekly column in the Tribune Chronicle about beets. The column generated some good feedback from readers, particularly those who like beets. Some readers wrote that they plan to add them to their gardens this season. I already planted a couple rows of beets in my little raised greenhouse bed. Even without a greenhouse, beets can be started in a cold frame, simply a wooden box with old windows used as lids to generate heat from the sun during the day. Beets are cool weather vegetables. They don’t mind lower temperatures at night as long as they aren’t subjected to several days of freezing. I didn’t have a chance to check out my greenhouse garden last night, but my husband informed me the beets needed thinning already. I planted them less than two weeks ago. This excites me. This means I will have baby beet tops to toss in a colander for a good rinsing before tossing the nutritious sprouts into a fresh salad. Tonight I will check out the greenhouse garden and take a photo that I will post here later tonight. Be sure to check back to see how every thing is growing. Breakfast this morning was almost a repeat. When I’m in a hurry, I tend to go for quick meals and nothing cooks up much faster than an egg. I cook them on a flat, cast iron griddle with a little cooking spray to keep them from sticking. Just like yesterday, I had one slice of whole wheat bread, plain, with fruit. This morning it was cantaloupe that I cleaned and cup into cubes over the weekend and stored in a container in the refrigerator. I need to take a cue from a co-worker on the Trib’s Fitness Challenge and cut up all my veggies on the weekend. This makes it so much easier to grab something healthy and low-cal for those times when the next meal seems too far off. Lunch was a repeat of last night’s dinner. Since the husband doesn’t partake of many vegetables (he is amazed that I can eat so many, but I can’t convince him we are omnivores capable of eating a lot of things), there were enough leftovers for probably three more well-portioned meals. I also had a container of light-yogurt and the orange was an afternoon snack. After the diet cola, I bought a bottle of water from the vending machine and sipped on water all afternoon. I talked to the husband in the afternoon and he still hadn’t decided on dinner. It’s a mystery to be revealed later.

 
 

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Breakfast: 1 ounce meat; 1 ounce grains; 1 cup fruit. See lunch for ongoing calories.