Monday, May 2, 2011

Thinnings - Yes, You Can Eat Those

I'm not in a chit-chatty mood today -- like A.Marie, I can't think of much to say this morning.  So instead, I offer this garden tip/recipe.  Why throw something out when it's perfectly edible and tasty, too?


Last Friday I thinned the beets in my garden.  I pulled up a lot of little seedlings with pretty green tops and skinny little red roots.  Did I throw them away or into the compost pile.  No way.  I ate them!

I washed them in a couple changes of water until there was no more soil on them, then shook the excess water off them.  I tossed them in a large pan, sprayed them with a bit of peanut oil from my refillable pan spray bottle, and sprinkled them with Cavender's Greek seasoning.

I sauteed them for about 8 minutes, until they were starting to get tender, but were still bright green, with a bit of dark reddish purple juice.

Just as you might expect, they tasted like beets.  Well, kind of like a cross of beets, Swiss chard and spinach.  I love greens and these were just wonderful!  Best of all, nothing was wasted.

Lots of vegetable tops are edible.  Just do a Google search to find out which ones.

This post is being linked to this week's Hearth and Soul Hop 46 with Premeditated Leftovers.  Head over to find other great links for this week.


slugmama said...

Those would prolly be tasty raw in a salad too!
Thanks for the idea....if I ever get my seeds sown that

Jill said...

Hmmmm I've never eaten beets before, but you made them look pretty good, lol.
Have a great afternoon!

Lisa B. said...

I hate beets but love all sorts of greens.

Everyone laughed at me at work last week when I told them I've ate dandelion greens. They didn't believe me!! Seriously, I thought everyone knew you could eat dandelion greens! My granny is prolly rolling in her grave knowing people pay the company I work for to spray their dandies and KILL them! lol

Have a great week!

SonyaAnn said...

I LOVE it! We are just alike! I can't throw out the bottoms of my veg and you can't throw out the tops! We are quite the pear!

Lisa @ Granola Catholic said...

What a great idea. I love beets and beet greens and I never thought of doing something like this. I only wish I had put beets in my garden this year.

Miriam said...

Great to know! Thanks! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Annie Jones said...

Lisa @ Granola Catholic: I hadn't given it much thought, either, until I was thinning, and I just couldn't bear to throw the seedlings away. Thanks for visiting!

Miriam: Thanks for visiting. Can't wait to take a minute to look around your blog.

April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

What a great idea! Your dish looks delicious, and super healthy too. Thank you so much for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop.

Alea Milham said...

Great post! I am featuring it on my highlights from last week's Hearth and Soul Hop this evening.