Reminiscing of Winter Dishes from Back Home- Beet and Yogurt Dip

by Marjan
I love to listen to my father’s reflection of  traditional foods he used to eat growing up in Iran. He imparts with such fondness of a happy childhood. With a tender voice, a sparkle in his eyes, and a sweet smile, he shares with me his memories of meals his mother lovingly prepared for him. I guess now I know where I inherited my love of food!
I know it’s hard to believe, but here in Southern California, we have had extremely cold weather lately. Every morning, we wake up with frost! At nights, my father prepares a raging fire in the fireplace to fill the house with crackling sounds of wood burning, heat, and crimson glow. To please him, my mother on this one cold night prepared a traditional dish my father had as a child during cold, snowy, winter nights. Nestled warm by the fireplace, sometimes it feels refreshing to have something cool as a snack. Ice cream is too cold and after a while, how much hot cocoa can one drink? A healthy alternative is always good option!
In a double broiler, cook beets until soft through out. A nice alternative is to roast beets in the oven at 450 degrees for an hour. Remove beets from the oven or broiler and cool. Once the beats are cold, remove the skin and cut into bite size pieces and place in a bowl. Add Greek yogurt and crushed walnuts to taste. Sprinkle a dash of salt and mix all ingredients well. Place in the refrigerator and serve thirty minutes later to experience a cool, healthy, winter dish. The crunch of walnuts, subtle natural sweetness of the beats, and soothing texture and taste of yogurt is a perfect snack to be enjoyed on a cold winter’s night by a roaring fire.
Enjoy!









Comments

  1. I have been looking for more ultra-healthy recipes these days, as one of my new year's resolutions is to eat more organic fruits and vegetables and plain yoghurt possibly every day. So, this recipe sounds like the perfect one to try. But I wonder why I never had it at your house??

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    1. I'm so envious of your garden with plenty of vegetables at hand just waiting to be picked. How awesome is that!

      Thanks for the healthy, yummy, and quick recipe. The fact that this was one of your dad's childhood memories makes it even more special.

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  2. i love beets and greek yogurt but had never combined them in a recipe until now. delicious! thanks for sharing the recipe, marjan!

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