Friday, October 7, 2011

Beetroot, Asparagus & Goat's Cheese Salad

With a little one to take care of (for me that is baby Lily now 6months) you are rarely one to run out of things to do. Quite the opposite. These wonderful little creatures challenge you on a daily basis keeping you busy and occupied as ever before. Despite a busy life you still need breakfast, lunch, dinner (and snack) to keep your body going. You should make a habit of eating at the same time every day since your body works at its best when following a routine. To do so you need to make sure that certain meals does not take too long to prepare. Otherwise there is a good chance that you will grab what's in sight whenever you find a spare minute or two, or skip a meal altogether. None of which are a favour to your health, weight or wellbeing. Quick and Healthy is the way to go forward. This Beetroot, Asparagus & Goat's Cheese Salad is one such meal - packed with vital nutrients and finished in less than 15min.

Beetroot, Asparagus & Goat's Cheese Salad
1 bag/55g of wild rocket - washed
4 whole preserved beetroots - cut into quarters
1 bunch/250g asparagus
100g soft goat's cheese - the kind that you can spread 
1tbsp pine nuts
drizzle of olive or rapeseed oil

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Place the asparagus on a lined baking tray, drizzle some olive or rapeseed oil on top, and bake for 10min.

While the asparagus are baking away in the oven, gently roast the pine nuts for a couple of minutes until they are starting to get a slight golden color. Turn the heat off and set aside. Divide the rocket, quarted beetroots and goat's cheese onto two plates. 

Once the asparagus is ready. Place on top of the salad and finish of with the roasted pine nuts and a drizzle of olive or rapeseed oil. Serves 2

Serve with a slice of good sour dough or rye bread. 

HEALTH BENEFITS of Goat's Cheese: Goat's Cheese does not contain lactose in the way cow's milk does and is therefore much easier to digest. It has a high rate of build promoting protein and calcium and should therefore be a natural part of your diet. Protein build strong muscles and gets the metabolism going while calcium keeps the bones structure and strength at bay.

1 comment:

  1. I love goat's cheese! Thank you :)