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Making My Heart Beet - February 2017

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Making My Heart Beet - February 2017 

By Kelly Smith

In many cultures over the course of history Beets have been considered an aphrodisiac. Ancient Romans believed that beets and their juice promoted amorous feelings. In Greek mythology Aphrodite ate beets to enhance her appeal. This quaint folklore actually has some basis in reality. Beets are a natural source of tryptophan and betaine, both substances that promote a feeling of well-being. They also contain high amounts of boron, a trace mineral that increases the level of sex hormones in the human body. If that’s not exciting enough they are easy to prepare. You can find beets at any farmers’ market in Sonoma County this time of year including The Petaluma East Side Farmers’ Market on Valentine’s Day Tuesday Feb 14th. 

Here is a recipe roasted beets with goat cheese.

Ingredients

4 large beets or 6 small beets 

2 Tbsp Olive Oil 

1 Tsp chives

1 Tsp Thyme 

3 oz of crumbled goat cheese or chèvre

Directions

Preheat oven to 400F. Slice beets into 1/4 pieces.  Place on baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over beats. Put in oven for 20-25 minutes until tender.  Allow to cool. If you are feeling creative use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut the beets as seen in the photo. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with a spoonful of goat cheese.  Sprinkle chives and thyme over the top and serve.