beet olive hazelnut mmmmm…

i realize it’s been quite a long time since i’ve used this sounding board regularly, but i’ll have you know – i’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. and i know it’s lame to break the silence with a recipe, but i cross my heart: it’s worth it. here’s to feeding your bellies with beautiful, nutritious and delicious food. we’ll start on the rest soon.

I adapted this recipe from wholelivingdaily:

Sigh…heaven. Here’s to tasty colorful food that makes meal time feel like a luxury.

Serves…errr….6?? ish??

Mini Tortillas (I like the corn/flour blend)
Chevre (or other soft, mild crumbly cheese)

For Beets:
6 beets (I used as many colors as I could find)
Coconut Oil (to rub beets for roasting)

For Tapenade:
½ cup hazelnuts (or other nut)
2 cups green olives
1/8 cup capers
Juice of one lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tsp pure maple syrup (or honey)


1. Heat oven to 400°. Wash beets, remove greens, rub with coconut oil and roast until soft, about 40min – test with a fork for done-ness (is that a word?)
2. Let sit for 5 minutes until cool enough to handle. Slip skin off under cool running water. Slice (I like slicing them into long strips – see photo)
3. While waiting for beets to cool, roast hazelnuts in a dry skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant and the skins begin to crack. Transfer to a food processor.
4. Add rest of tapenade ingredients and pulse until chunky and well mixed.
5. When beets are cool enough, slip skin off under cool running water. Slice peeled beets (I like slicing them into long strips – see photo)
6. Fill each tortilla with a handful of arugula topped with Tapenade (I warmed mine), warm beets, and chunks of chevre. A few crushed hazelnuts on top wouldn’t be a bad touch either!

2 Responses to “beet olive hazelnut mmmmm…”

  1. 1 debrahay August 8, 2012 at 6:07 am

    i wish you still cooked for me! You and Chelsi both were creative. I miss you but will see you soon. Momma

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