Three appetizers: with beets, mushroom, and lentil/avocadosPosted: 5 July 2011
Okay, these three appetizers do not have to be served together of course, but if you decided that they do make a pretty ensemble, rest assured it won’t take you a lot of “active” time to prepare them. And keep in mind that beets, lentils and avocado all have outstanding notorious benefits.
- 1. Oven roasted beets: Buy a bunch of fresh (with leaves) beet. Cut off the stems and the leaves, but do not throw them away; you can steam cooked or use them in a variety of soups. Trim off the ends, wash and brush the whole beets. Wrap all three or four turnips in a large aluminum foil and crunch up the sides together to seal. Turn oven to 325C and bake in the middle row for at least two hours or until they are soft enough to peel easily. This method results in juicy and deep sweet beets with a taste incomparable to any other method. Cut and arrange in a cute plate!
- stuffed Mushrooms: Buy a box (about 8 individual) of large white whole mushrooms. You also need 2-3 tbsp. chopped coriander, 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped, 1 fresh lime cut in half, 1 tbsp olive oil, and a pinch of salt. Wash mushrooms and pat dry them completely, then immediately coat with the fresh lime you just cut in half. This trick prevents mushroom from going dark in colour. Cut off the sulk and fill each mushroom with the mix of chopped coriander and garlic. Drizzle with mix of lime juice and salt. Sit mushrooms top up, in an oven safe plate and bake for five minutes (just enough to release the filling’s fragrance). Serve immediately.
- Lentil/avocado mix: This is an improvised side dish which is actually quite notorious and filing as well as tasty. You need half cup of lentil, washed and cooked in 1 cup of water with a pinch of salt until it is soft but not mushy. You also need two ripe and large avocados, finely chopped. Just mix the two ingredients. Season with a mix of lime, salt, pepper and olive oil, and garnish with green pepper, chopped parsley or anything you fancy. Bon Appétit!