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Bleeding Tofu & Beet Overload

I had a little situation in my kitchen last night. I went to check the tofu that was roasting in the oven and discovered this.


Bleeding tofu! I immediately thought to myself WTF!? and then I remembered that I was roasting a batch of beets while dinner was cooking and I guess some of the beet juice dripped down onto my tofu even though they were wrapped in foil.


It made for an interesting dinner presentation, that’s for sure! Speaking of last night’s dinner…it was so yummy! I roasted cauliflower and cooked sliced tofu in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes. Since I cooked the tofu for so long all the water cooked out and it got a really firm texture. Also, I used a ton of lemon pepper on the tofu so it had a pronounced citrusy flavor. On the stovetop I sauteed three different kinds of greens with onion and chicken broth. I used the greens from the beets (did you know they are edible?) along with some rainbow chard and lacinto kale.


Remember how I mentioned that I got a huge bunch of beets at the farmers market for just $4. Well, my fridge overfloweth with beets right now.


I used all of one in today’s lunch to create one of my best lunch bowls ever. (That’s a lofty statement!) I layered leftover greens with farro that I cooked in chicken stock, leftover tofu, chickpeas, beets, avocado and goat cheese. I wasn’t sure exactly how the combo would turn out but it was perfect.

I’m taking suggestions for what to do with all of these roasted beets in my fridge. Help me with inspiration to use them for something other than salads!

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  • Charlotte October 22, 2013, 10:00 pm

    Make borscht! http://foodgawker.com/?s=borscht

    Tons of recipes for it. I love beet soup…can be hot or cold and lots of variations!

  • Laura@ Fit Running Mama October 22, 2013, 10:02 pm

    Roasted cauliflower is my favorite! SOO good– cauliflower often gets a bad “rap” I love it

    • Jen October 23, 2013, 4:05 pm

      i love it too! so good when it’s browned and “nuttier.” yum!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun October 22, 2013, 10:07 pm

    I just can’t eat beets. No matter how many ways or times I’ve tried they are just no appealing to me! I do have to say that tofu looks pretty awesome though! haha

    • Jen October 23, 2013, 4:05 pm

      haha, they’re definitely one of those love/hate foods!

  • Tracy October 22, 2013, 10:10 pm

    I am not a beet-eater, so this might not be possible, but could you cut them up and bake like French fries? I saw someone post about doing this with turnips, so since you asked… 😉

    • Jen October 23, 2013, 4:05 pm

      hmmmm i shall research that. i know you can slice them super thin and do them like chips.

  • She Rocks Fitness October 22, 2013, 10:20 pm

    Can’t you make beet juice? When all else fails, go to Pinterest and I am sure there are tons of recipes. 🙂

    • Jen October 23, 2013, 4:06 pm

      haha, i didn’t even think about pinterest! where’s my brain!?

  • Sarah October 22, 2013, 10:20 pm

    Gotta say I’m not really into beets, but I made a killer beet tzatziki sauce this summer. Greek yogurt, minced garlic, salt, and pepper to taste!

  • Amanda October 22, 2013, 10:41 pm

    Make beet dip! You can dip pita chips in it (or veggies or whatever). I just happened to see this a couple of weeks ago. You probably have most of the ingredients on hand already! http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2013/09/beet-dip.html

    • Jen October 23, 2013, 4:06 pm

      thank you! interesting!

  • Caroline October 22, 2013, 11:08 pm

    I have the same problem when I roast too many beets…you have to try this recipe! It seems weird, but it’s the best chocolate cake I’ve EVER had. The beets make it so moist and the frosting is beautiful.
    Just make sure you have lots of friends to share it with!

    • Jen October 23, 2013, 4:07 pm

      now your speaking my language! i made her avocado chocolate cake last year.

  • lisa October 22, 2013, 11:19 pm

    I’ve seen a recipe for beet hummus–just mixed with the chick peas, lemon, garlic. Or just beets with some goat cheese and greens on crostini is a good.

    Also when you have beet greens again, I suggest making pesto with some blanched almonds and the usual pesto suspects. It is pretty great, especially in pasta with some roasted tomatoes.

    • Jen October 23, 2013, 4:07 pm

      beets + goat cheese is such a good combo.

      LOVE the pesto idea!

  • Amy October 23, 2013, 9:23 am

    I came across a recipe for beet sliders awhile back that seemed interesting.

  • Tamara October 23, 2013, 9:49 am

    Yum, beets!! Your bowl looks phenomenal!

  • Lauren F. October 23, 2013, 11:03 am

    Agree with the beet hummus/ dip – good option.

    I’ve never tried this recipe from blogger Jenna, of Eat Live Run, but I think it looks great – Beet Pesto Pasta: http://www.eatliverun.com/beet-pesto-pasta-giveaway/

    Also beet chips are always great too! Slice them up thin (best with a mandolin) and bake in the oven, similar to kale chips or any other homemade veggie chip.

    • Jen October 23, 2013, 11:05 am

      thanks for the wonderful suggestions!

  • Tracy October 23, 2013, 11:54 am

    Planning to make this one myself this weekend: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11374/roasted-beet-rosemary-soup.html. Yum!

    • Jen October 23, 2013, 4:07 pm

      thank you for the link!

  • M October 23, 2013, 8:54 pm
  • kristina g. October 23, 2013, 11:34 pm

    i wanna know, with such a busy teaching/training schedule at the gym/yoga studio all day, how do you muster up the energy to cook beautiful dinners all the time?!
    i too am an instructor- and i usually just cook for the week in advance bc all i want to do when i get home from work is lounge on the couch.

    could you post on this topic?! =) its very inspiring. i WANT TO BE LIKE YOU. =)

  • Lindsay October 24, 2013, 4:42 pm

    I love beets in smoothies!
    soy milk + banana + beets + berries + spinach is delicious

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