Sea beets are wild veggies that you can easily cultivate that has a very tasty flavour. A preferred alternative to spinach in most menus so what can I mix sea beets with to make a tasty meal?
I went to a new restaurant in town that opened last week to sample some of their foods. They have very nutritious meals with simple ingredients. I ordered the sea spinach with wild crab tart and it was delicious. It had a different taste, not like the normal spinach but better. It was great to know there are restaurants that serve healthy foods.
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Sea beets are a cousin to spinach and most preferred to add more flavour to any dish. They’re a wild vegetable that you can easily grow. The whole plant is edible not just the leaves but the green flower spikes to the reddish stems and the beetroot-like roots. They’re also called wild spinach or sea spinach.
They have an earthy taste with a robust texture and its saltiness makes it a preferred addition to fish dishes. You can eat sea beets raw, boil, and steam, blanch, or add them to soups and salads. They’re rich in vitamin A, B6, and C, iron, magnesium, and calcium.
Benefits of sea beets
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Sea beets are a rich source of iodine to help promote the functioning of a healthy thyroid. The thyroid is a gland in your neck that controls your metabolism and regulates your temperature.
Sea beets help to remove toxins and harmful waste in your body with the help of dietary fiber.
They help to normalize your hormonal levels that can cause certain types of cancers like breast cancer.
Sea beets also help to prevent tumors especially intestinal tumors, prostate, spleen, stomach, and uterus.
They lower your bad cholesterol levels reducing the risk of heart disease. However, because sea beets contain sodium eat in moderation.
What can I mix sea beets with?
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Wild sea beet salad
- 3 big handfuls of the very young whole or cut sea beets
- 2 diced ripe avocados
- 2 big handfuls of finely chopped oxeye daisy leaves
- 1 whole tin of green olives
- ½ diced pineapple
- 1 lime remove the zest
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Magnolia vinegar
- Cold pressed organic rapeseed oil (contains omega 3, 6, and 9, fatty acids, vitamin E, with very little saturated fat)
Wash the sea beets, dry them then put them in a big salad bowl.
Dice the pineapple and remove all the outer skin and bristles. Put in the salad bowl.
Shred or chop the oxeye daisy leaves and mix in the salad bowl together with the diced avocados.
In the salad bowl add the olives, lime zest, rapeseed oil, and magnolia vinegar.
Add salt and pepper then mix everything together.
Let it sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes then serve.
Sea beet fritters
- 250g washed and drained sea beets
- 5 tbsp. sifted flour
- 2 beaten eggs
- 250g cottage cheese
- 2 tbsp. polenta
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Salt and pepper to taste
Put water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add the sea beet and bring to a boil. Stir and let them cook for a few minutes till the leaves are soft. If you’re using spinach blanch the leaves then drain them from the water.
Pour the leaves on a sieve or colander and let them cool. When cooled squeeze out the excess water then put them in a bowl.
Once they have completely cooled add the eggs, flour, polenta, and cottage cheese. Season well and leave it for 15 minutes.
Heat the frying pan then add some oil or butter when the pan is moderately hot.
Put spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan and let it cook for 2 minutes then flip the other side. Make sure they’re well-cooked before you flip the other side because the mixture is soft and it can fall apart.
Place the first batch on a plate and finish cooking the rest on the mixture.
Serve immediately with a salad.
You can use sea beets like spinach in your meals
Sea beets are cousins to spinach but are more nutritious with a better flavour. You can eat the whole plant from the leaves to the roots and it can be eaten raw in salads, boiled, blanched, or added to soups. Sea beets are good for your thyroid, lower cholesterol, remove toxic waste, and stabilize your hormones. If you were asking, what can I mix sea beets with, you now have an answer.Click here for a lesson on preparing sea beets.
It is OK to eat spinach every day?
You can eat one cup or half of the spinach every day for your daily nutritional benefits. It’s also a good idea to rotate eating a variety of vegetables so that you get what nutrients from other sources.
Is spinach healthier raw or cooked?
It’s said raw spinach has vitamin C, potassium, folate, riboflavin, and niacin. While cooked spinach has more protein, iron, calcium, vitamin A and E, fiber, zinc, and carotenoids.
Is frozen spinach safe to eat?
If you cook frozen veggies directly they retain their flavour and texture and spinach is best thawed before cooking. Make sure you cook frozen spinach thoroughly to kill any bacteria.
How do you get rid of bitterness in spinach?
Season it with a little bit of lemon, orange, or lime. As soon as the spinach is cooked pour some fresh juice over it.
Can you eat spinach raw?
Young spinach leaves can be eaten raw in a salad while the older leaves are cooked. It takes less than 5 minutes to cook spinach which reduces drastically after being cooked.