recipe - beet stew (or something like that!?)

I'm not really sure what to call this dish that we made but let's say Beet Stew. We have a friend that comes up to visit from New York quite a bit and he always brings beets! He loves them and luckily, I love them, but besides the normal beet recipes (and I will have to toss in there beet pasta which isn't so normal) we came up with this recipe last week. The recipe turned out so good! The kids loved it, we loved it... so I figured we should share it with you. I have to say that we were both just tossing things into the stew so I'm not really certain that this is the complete recipe, so if you make it please let us know what you think!

The first night we served it with french bread, roasted garlic and brown rice on the side, but for the kids I just mixed it together, the second night we made it with polenta and that was super good too so there are many variations.

Beet Stew
4-6 cloves of garlic chopped
1 onion chopped
2 turnips - peeled and chopped
2 - 3 beets - peeled and chopped
2 - 3 carrots - chopped
2 - 3 parsnips - chopped
fresh oregano and sage (we both are not totally sure of this because we had a bunch of fresh herbs and I think that anything tastes good!)
salt & pepper

saute onion, garlic in olive oil (we used walnut oil but either is fine!)
add chopped root vegetables and saute for a bit with herbs
add 2-3 cups of water and cook on low heat for about 1 hour (check to see that root vegetables are cooked through)
either use an immersion blender or spoon some into a blender, but don't make it all a puree leave some chunks and you are done!

We used Gomasio as a condiment and that added a nice nutty flavor
(gomasio is when you roast sesame seeds and salt and then crush them in a s
uribachis (click here to buy one) or a mortar and pestol-this helps you to use less salt in your food and it tastes much better!)

If you are concerned about protein you could add tofu or have some cheese on the side, it would be delicious with sharp or hard cheese, or goat cheese.


let us know how yours comes out!!