Thursday, January 20, 2011

Frugan: Sesame Beet Salad with Chia Dressing


I absolutely love beets! Their natural sweetness really satisfies any cravings I have, even when eaten in savory dishes. I made this simple mostly raw beet salad today in less than 5 minutes. I mixed my Sesame Ginger Chia Dressing  and my Habanero Sauce together and oh my god! It was soo good! Habanero and beets .. what an amazing combination. You have to try it! Cilantro, beet greens, sesame and sunflower seeds added the final touches to this amazing salad.

While sometimes it gets really boring and frustrating being such a tight budget, most of the time I have a lot of fun experimenting. Since I am budgeting not only finances, but also calories, my creativity is being used on a daily basis. I get bored easily. Creating recipes is so fun!

I remember over the summer when I first used beans in frosting. I had created a very low sugar gluten free chocolate banana cake for the restaurant I was working in and wanted a healthier frosting. I had cooked black beans and I ran with it. I was so happy with how it worked and it felt really good to provide a baked good that was so much healthier than the shortening/earth balance stuff I put out on a daily basis.

Speaking of black beans, I finally put my meatballs to use for dinner last night. They were hard as golf balls when I added them to the sauce. They simmered in the sauce for 25 minutes and when I served them, they were awesome! Not mushy or too hard!


As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I added sunflower seeds to my beet salad. Sunflower seeds are so delicious and frugal! I paid $2.79/lb in the bulk section at a local grocery store.

Toasting them brings out a delicious nuttiness in them. I use a cast iron skillet over medium heat, add a couple sprays of olive oil and sprinkle them with garlic salt and chili powder. I stand over them and flip the pan several times making sure they don't burn. A couple T on a salad is all you need for a satisfying crunch.
I cooked up a pound of white beans in the pressure cooker. I am open to recipe requests using them! Feel free to email me ( melodypolakow at gmail dot com ) or leave a comment with anything you wish to see Fruganized!

Have a great day!

25 comments:

  1. gorgeous!
    I love looking at your blog, Melody, even though I don't usually leave comments, so I wanted to pop in and say hi! and thanks for brightening my day with your food/recipes!

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  2. I would faint at beets as i dont like them but this looks high end and beautiful and i want to eat it.
    I want 5 of those meatballs tonight
    hail to the firm vegan meatball.

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  3. Hi! I absolutely LOVED your cabbage, potato and "cheese" soup (can't remember what you called it exactly) and pretty much think about it every day. I have been wondering though.... how about a beer "cheese" soup? I have a hankering... any suggestions? Some people may not like cooking with alcohol, and I'm not sure where you stand on that issue...

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  4. Your food always looks so gorgeous. Especially the beets today!

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  5. Wow, wow, wow! Looks great, Melody.

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  6. Yum! I love beets too! And the sunflower seed trick sounds easy and delicious.

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  7. That beet salad is gorgeous! The bean balls look perfect too! I'm going to make the burgers from your 3-ingredient recipe, but I don't think I can do the balls because I don't have a microwave...or can I?

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  8. Thanks! I'm looking for beet recipes since I got some from my CSA.

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  9. Becker, I don't drink, so I don't have any beer around .. so I probably wouldn't do a beer cheese soup.. although my ex might give me a bottle ! I'll let you know if I do..

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  10. Hi Melody! I am so happy to have found your blog! It appears we have the same philosophy and passions! the beet salad looks mouthwatering! Oh and that barley!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and congrats on the featured foodpress recipe!

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  11. Hi Melody! I am so happy to have found your blog! It appears we have the same philosophy and passions! the beet salad looks mouthwatering! Oh and that barley!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and congrats on the featured foodpress recipe!

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  12. What a great-looking beet salad! I love beets, and this sounds fantastic with the sesame ginger and habanero flavors.

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  13. Love your use of beets and all the flavor combinations. Can't wait to try!

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  14. Great looking salad, what did you cut the beets with?

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  15. I saw a picture of this on Pinterest and since I'm trying to eat more beets for their health benefits, thought I'd give it a try. I made it last night and it was delicious! Not as pretty as your curlicue beets, but still yummy and colorful. I put in pumpkin seeds instead of sunflower seeds and they added a great green contrast to the deep red beets. The dressing was a-maz-ing! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  16. Hi, how did you achieve the spiral beet strips? It looks more delicious than plain shredded beets!

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  17. YES....exactly that!! The shape of the beets is what first drew me in.... do tell!

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  18. Anonymous11:18 AM

    Me too! - how did you make your beets look so beautiful? Presentation is everything and they look great!

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  19. I love beets. Either you like them or you don't. I will have a special place in my garden for them. The rest of the family doesn't care for them. After seeing how great this salad looks I hope I can convince them to at least try them again.

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  22. What do you use to cut the beets that way? I want to make this!

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  24. Can you please tell me how you got those beet strings? That looks awesome.

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  25. Looks great, how do you get the beets in a string shape?

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