This recipe, like many, is adapted from the cookbook "NATURAL: Wholesome Recipes for Pure Nourishment." It was serendipitous how I ended up getting this book! Thanks to hurricane Irma, some friends of my in-laws 'to be' were fleeing Miami and ended up in South Carolina. We had a big dinner at our house one night, connected, and found a mutual passion for cooking wholesome foods as well as the power of food to bring loved ones together! Our guests gifted us with this recipe book as a wedding present, and it is now my go-to! Each time that I use it, I reminisce about our time together, a house full of Spanish banter, smiles, and tasty nourishing food. So thank you, Hurricane Irma!
Beets may not be your veggie of choice but don't beet yourself up over it! I chose this meal because I was searching for a recipe using beets. They are one of my favorite foods, are nutrient-packed, and have anti-inflammatory properties. I'm recovering from a shoulder injury (it is still inflamed), so I'm taking every step possible to decrease inflammation (including being mindful about my diet)! Pigments called betalains, found in beets, are documented to possess several potential anti-inflammatory properties. If you like science, check out this peer-reviewed paper on the topic!
Beet & Radish Tzatziki Tacos
These tacos are light and perfect for hot summer days! Not only are they easy to prep but they also leave you feeling energized, refreshed and ready to go play outside!
* Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes
Yields: 4 Servings
* 4 beets * 1 medium diced cucumber * 1 cup diced radishes * 1 scallion, finely chopped * 12 small butterhead lettuce leaves
* 1 cup of feta cheese * 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin * 1/2 teaspoon honey * 2 tablespoons finely, chopped fresh mint * salt and pepper, optional
- To make the dressing, add feta, cumin, and honey into a bowl. I opt for Mike's Hot Honey!
- Stir in mint and season with salt and pepper, if using. Dice beets and boil for 20 minutes or until soft.
- Add beets, cucumber, radishes, and scallion, then gently toss together.
- Arrange the lettuce leaves on a plate. Spoon a little of the feta tzatziki into each leaf.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!