Gingered Beet and Berry Salad

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gingered beet and berry salad photo by vsimon

This is intense.

Intense flavor- sweet and spicy. A cool salad with a hit of hot ginger.

Intense color- red beets and red raspberries.

Intense texture- crunchy grated raw roots.

Intense nutrition- click on each ingredient in the recipe below for in depth information from The World’s Healthiest Foods website.

Garden fresh.

Beets, beets, beets. I ask myself, “What new can we do with the beets, just pulled from the garden?” 

Blue cheese, goat cheese, roasted. Been there, done that. And I have to say, I loved all of it, but I don’t have any cheese today and it is much too hot to turn the oven on for an hour.

And we have so many raspberries. There is a chunk of ginger root in the fridge. OK, let’s see what we can do with these.

Don’t have fresh ginger root?

I respectfully say, “Get some.”

Just a few fragrant gratings perk up anything it is added to, sweet or savory. It isn’t expensive and lasts a long time. A chunk of fresh ginger root in the veggie drawer of the fridge is as useful as jars of pickles in the pantry.  And it is amazingly healthful.

Ginger root grows with finger like projections. At the store, you can break off as much as you need. If you are a ginger virgin, start with a knob just an inch or two long.

Gingered Beet and Berry Salad

serves 4

4 small beets, 1-1/2 to 2” in diameter

1 cup raspberries

2 tablespoons honey

4 crossways slices of ginger root,  each 1/4” thick

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Hold onto the stems of the beets and using a vegetable peeler, remove the skin from the beets.

Grate beets using a box or plane grater, into a small bowl.

Or use a mini food processor. Transfer beets to a small mixing bowl.

I have shaved them using a ribbon microplane. This works too, and you get a softer texture. I prefer more crunch.

In a mini food processor, puree 1/2 cup of berries, honey and ginger root together. Note: this is a lot of ginger. You can start with half as much as the recipe calls for if you are a bit timid.

Add raspberry ginger mixture to grated beets. Mix thoroughly. Chill until ready to serve.

Right before serving, garnish with the remaining whole berries and walnuts.

What is your favorite beet recipe?

What do you do with fresh ginger root?

8-3-2010 This recipe is included in the July Grow Your Own #43 recipe round up at Kitchen Gadget Girl Cooks. Check out what yummy things people around the world are growing and cooking.

Timtana Spice Muffins and Giveaway

timtana spice muffins

timtana spice muffins photo by vsimon

Please let me introduce you to timtana, a new gluten free whole grain flour. It is dark and handsome. A flour with substance.

Montana Gluten Free Processors are working with the Celiac Sprue Association, who called for volunteers to develop recipes for timtana flour. I like to try new foods and answered the call. They sent me a free #3 bag of timtana flour to work with.

Timtana flour is ground from a perennial grain, the plants grow every year without needing to be planted each spring.  Most other flours are from annual grains.

High protein

Timtana has more protein than amaranth, buckwheat, oat, millet, quinoa, rice, sorghum, and teff flours. Timtana is 5 grams of protein per 1/4 cup. The other flours are  3 or 4 grams. Refined starches, such as tapioca or corn, have zero protein.

High fiber

Timtana flour also has more fiber than the above gluten free flours, 5 grams per 1/4 cup. Compare that with 1 to 4 grams for other flours. Refined starches have zero fiber too.

Calcium and iron

Yep, timtana has them. Comparable to amaranth and teff flours. Refined starches? Zero again.

Easy to use? Too soon to tell.

I am batting .500 using timtana. The spice muffins worked great the first time. Pancakes did not, those need more work.

3 Giveaways, you may get to try it too.

Montana Gluten Free Processors want more people to play with timtana. So they are giving 3 lucky folks each a free #3 bag of flour.

Simply comment below by Wednesday, January 6. Winners will selected by random generator and announced Thursday, January 7. 

Dedicated gluten free producers.

I always like to know the farm to table story. From the Montana Gluten Free Producers website.

Our products are manufactured in a dedicated state of the art gluten free facility that only processes and packages our own gluten free products. The story however doesn’t begin there, to be truly gluten free you must start in the field. Montana Gluten Free Processors works directly with traditional farmers to grow our private seed stock on ground with at least 4 years history of no gluten grains being produced on the field. Only production from our proven healthy seed stock is acceptable for Montana Gluten Free production. Crops are planted, fields are inspected, and harvested, storage and transportation equipment is dedicated and inspected to insure purity and quality. We watch over our product from the field to the package to be certain that the product in our package is the best all natural gluten free product food you can buy.

Success!

Today I share my success. What I call Timtana Spice Muffins originated as pumpkin walnut muffins in Gourmet November 1997.

We offered our first gluten free client pumpkin muffins, made with Bob’s Red Mill gluten free blend flour. She said, repeatedly, we should open a gluten free bakery. Starting with those muffins.

I like to take a good recipe and make it better. Really, I love when that happens.

Timtana flour improves the nutrition and changes the flavor a bit. The pumpkin flavor disappears. Sweet spice, the flavor and the fragrance, now predominate. So I changed simply the name. 🙂

Simplify if you like.

Admittedly, this is along list of ingredients. You might omit the dates and walnuts, but I wouldn’t.

And you can substitute 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice if you do not like to measure out 4 different spices.

Timtana Spice Muffins

Yield: 12 metric measures
3/4 cup solid pack canned pumpkin 180 gm
1/2 cup oil 120 ml
1/4 cup buttermilk 60 ml
2 large eggs 100 ml
3 tablespoons molasses 45 gm
2 cups Timtana flour 240 gm
3/4 cup dark brown sugar 150 gm
1 1/2 tsp baking powder 6 gm
1 teaspoon xanthan 4 gm
1 teaspoon cinnamon 3 gm
1/2 tsp ginger 1 gm
1/4 tsp ground cloves 2 pinches
1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg 1 pinch
1/2 tsp salt 4 gm
1/4 teaspoon soda 2 gm
3/4 cup chopped dates 120 gm
3/4 cup chopped walnuts 90 gm

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a bowl, whisk pumpkin, oil, buttermilk, eggs and molasses.

In a large bowl, whisk timtana flour, dark brown sugar, baking powder, xanthan, spices, salt, and baking soda.

Add liquid ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Add dates and walnuts, combine well.

Divide equally into 12 muffin papers.

Allow to rest for 10 minutes so the xanthan can hydrate.

Bake for 20 minutes. Turn heat down to 350 and bake 10 more minutes.

More Timtana Recipes

Montana Gluten Free Processors has more recipes at their website.

And Gluten Free for Good has a recipe for Timtana Montana Orange Muffins.

The Montana Celiac Society has a recipe for Timtana Bagels.

What recipe would you like to try? Please share, and remember to comment for a chance to win.

Update 1-7-10 And the winners are:

Porsha, Danica, and Janice. Congratulations!!!

Breakfast Pumpkin Polenta

Think outside the gluten free cereal box.

 

breakfast pumpkin polenta

breakfast pumpkin polenta photo by vsimon

In a jiffy, stir up some steamy delish-ish-ness.  

You can also make a bigger batch and keep it in the fridge for a few days. It will thicken over time, just add some water to thin. Warm in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Breakfast Pumpkin Polenta

serves 1 metric measures
1/4 cup cornmeal 35 gm
1 cup water 240 ml
¼ cup pumpkin 60 gm
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar 8 gm

Dried cranberries and walnuts to garnish.

Mix cornmeal and water in a saucepan. Traditional polenta recipes say to bring the water to a boil, and carefully whisk in the cornmeal. Don’t do that, you are sure to get lumps.

Completely stir the cornmeal into the water BEFORE you turn on the heat.

Add pumpkin to the mix.

Bring to a simmer, stir constantly. Cook until thick, about 5 minutes. Guaranteed- no lumps!

You can read the morning paper as you stir if you must multi task.

Put into serving bowl. Top with dark brown sugar, dried cranberries, and walnuts. How often do you garnish your breakfast? I do it every time I have some version of cereal. I like the extra texture and flavor.

Appreciation for inspiration for this simple delight goes to Jes at VeganMofo III. Check out her post for more up line credits. Jes shared her version in the Go Ahead Honey, It is Gluten Free pumpkin issue at Life, Gluten Free.