Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Salad
I’ve been trying to get in front of my computer for days now to sit down and share a recipe with all of you. I’ve been in the kitchen a fair amount this summer, but I really haven’t had the time or energy to take pictures, upload them to my computer, and write a blog post, I guess you can say I’ve been a little lazy. Cooking is very therapeutic and enjoyable for me, staging the food and getting good pictures isn’t as relaxing. But, I love the end result and I do love to share a good, easy recipe. This salad is colorful and perfect for summer.
Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Salad
- 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (I use sea salt which is a little milder than table salt)
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 6 beets, I used red beets, but you can use any variety
1. Scrub raw beets, trim off leaves, stems and ends of beet bulbs. Rub in a little olive oil and wrap in tin foil. I wrapped 3 beets together in two foil pouches.
2. Roast beets in oven at 375 degrees for approximately 45 minutes, check with a fork, fork should easily pierce the beets.
3. Let cool slightly, take a paper towel and rub skin of beet off. This is a great trick for easy peeling.
4. Slice into quarter inch rounds. Combine ingredients above to make a marinade/dressing. Soak beets for 3-4 hours in the marinade in the refrigerator.
5. Arrange beets on top of a bed of greens (I love arugula with the beet/goat cheese combo). Sprinkle with crumbled goat cheese. Drizzle with some of the marinade. Add salt and pepper to taste.
We are hosting a summer party for my office this weekend, Hubby is going to smoke some ribs and I’ll be making salmon on a cedar plank, if I’m not too lazy, I’ll get some photos and share them on here. I also have a couple of sweet treats to share.
Tonight, Hubby and I went to an adoption information meeting at a local Bethany office. There were a few other couples at the meeting and another couple of individuals. Bethany Christian Services provides services for domestic infant adoption, international adoption, and a foster-to-adopt program. Many of the people there were most interested in the foster-to-adopt program, Hubby and I are interested in either domestic infant adoption or international adoption. The meeting was informative, but a little discouraging. Most domestic infant adoptions through their agency takes two years, an adoption from China takes six years. Yes, you read that correctly, SIX years! I would potentially be 40 by the time we could get a child from China. I know that the adoption process does take time, but hearing 2-6 years was much more time than I was expecting. Another part of tonight that tug at my heart was that a few of the people attending the meeting already have children (granted they were focusing on the foster-to-adopt program), but it made me think “I wish I was wanting to add to my already existing family and not figuring out how to create a family of three.” We may look into a couple of other agencies before we actually start paperwork with Bethany.
I still haven’t heard back about my endometrial biopsy results. I’m back on birth control and I’m spotting……my nurse said as long as it’s not a full flow, not to worry. I just hope I’m not spotting for the next three months, that doesn’t sound like fun at all. My body has no idea what normal is, considering what I’ve put it through, I guess I can’t expect normal.