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Friday recipe: Beet and yogurt salad

This is a Turkish dish i found a couple of month ago and had to try it. I love the taste of beets, and i usually just make a salad of boiled beets, parsley, garlic and olive oil.

This is a bit different, it takes more time since the beets have to be roasted and marinated, but you can still roast them 4 to 5 days ahead. It is worth it!

Beet vegetableBeet and yogurt salad:

4 medium beets, roasted-1 1/2 tablespoon cider vinegar or wine vinegar-1 teaspoon sugar-2 tablespoons olive oil-salt and freshly ground pepper-2 cloves garlic pureed-1/2 cup drained yogurt until thick and creamy-2 to 3 tablespoons minced fresh dill.

-Heat the oven to 425 F. Cut the greens of the beets, leaving about 1/2 inch of the stems attached. Scrub the beets and place in a baking dish. Add about 1/4 inch water, cover tightly with foil, and roast till the beets are tender, 35 to 40 mn.

-Peel the roasted beets, preferably while still warm. Cut in half lengthwise, then slice crosswise into half moons. Stir together the vinegar, sugar, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss with the warm beets and marinate for 2 to 3 hours at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

-Mix together the garlic and yogurt. Stir in half the dill and salt and pepper to taste. Drain the beets and stir some of the marinade into the yogurt (to taste). Toss the yogurt with the beets. Sprinkle on the remaining dill and serve.

This dish is perfect for those hot summer nights! Enjoy!

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Why add yogurt to your diet

Yogurt has been part of the Middle Eastern diet as early as 2000 BC. Back home we eat a lot of yogurt, and by yogurt i mean the plain kind; for breakfast, with some foods at lunch time, at dinner and even as a snack with some honey.

Yogurt

-Yogurt is a rich source of calcium, a mineral that contributes to colon health and decreases the risk of colon cancer. People who have diets high in calcium (like the Scandinavian countries) have lower rates of colorectoral cancer.

-Yogurt can boost immunity; the bacterial cultures in yogurt have been shown to stimulate infection-fighting white cells in the blood.

-For children, its is a most balanced source of protein, fats, carbohydrates and minerals.

-Yogurt, because it contains less lactose than milk, is good for healing intestines and is a “healing food” for diarrhea.

-The probiotics (beneficial bacteria) in some yogurts balance the microflora in your gut, and aids with digestion.

activia-vanillaThis is one of my favorite probiotic yogurt, i have it everyday with some fruits and chia seeds, tastes great!

-Yogurt is good for lowering the risk of blood pressure.

For the face: it gently exfoliates the top layers of the epidermis, which can clear up blemishes and discolorations and may even reduce fine wrinkles. My mom used plain yogurt on my brother’s face when he came back from skiing once, and had his whole face burned and peeling!It was funny but worked wonders!

-Yogurt may help you loose weight: It helps feel fuller and less hungry.

An unusual use of yogurt is as a brass polisher! ‘The lactic acid works to eat away the tarnish”.

Tzatziki sauce Recipe:

-3 cups plain greek yogurt

-1 clove garlic, crushed

-2 medium cucumbers, diced

-1/2 tsp dried mint

salt (optional: juice of 1/2 a lemon)

Great on its own, with meat or chicken, grilled veggies…The perfect summer side dish!

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