Weight & Wellness

Beet Greens with Goat Cheese




This is another recipe that came about by accident.  It was a warm late summer day, I had two beautiful bunches of organic beets with greens attached and a husband who offered to go out and buy some fish to grill.  Grilled fish with beet greens?  Sounds like a plan to me.  Off he went to find the fish.  I washed the vegetables and began to prepare the marinade for the fish.  I had just received a daunting array of spices from my friend in India and decided to try one of them on the fish.  I chose the chicken masala spice and placed it in a bowl with some olive oil and black pepper.  In walked my husband - sans fish.  He didn't think it looked fresh.  Fine.  Beet greens for dinner, with chicken masala flavored olive oil. 



2 bunches beet greens - leaves and stems separated (substitute swiss chard, if you like)

3-4 large cloves of garlic - sliced

extra virgin olive oil - some for pan, some mixed with the masala seasoning

chicken masala spice (see "special ingredients")

2 eggs

fresh goat cheese

(turmeric and black pepper)


Heat 12" cast iron frying pan.

Slice beet stems into bite sized pieces.

Slice garlic.

Mix 1/2 tsp.  chicken masala seasoning with about 1/4C. extra virgin olive oil.


By now pan should be hot.  Coat the bottom of the pan with the unseasoned extra virgin olive oil, when it shimmers, add the sliced garlic.  Let garlic color a bit, then add beet stems.  Stir, then cover and cook over medium heat (about 10 minutes) until stems are tender.

While stems are cooking, cut beet greens into manageable pieces and break eggs into a small bowl and whisk.

When stems are tender, stir in greens.  Cook and stir five minutes or so, until they are tender.  Try not to over cook.  

When tender, drizzle beaten eggs over greens and scatter pieces of goat cheese over everything - use as much or as little as you like.

With a teaspoon, drizzle reserved seasoned oil over contents in pan - make sure to get some on the cheese, the seasoning is delicious on the cheese!  (You may not need all of the seasoned oil, but it is good in marinades, on bread, on vegetables.....)

Place pan under the broiler and broil on high until eggs are firm.  5 minutes or so.


Serve with some toasted whole wheat Italian bread or whole wheat pita bread and some red wine

and you have a delicious, light, very healthy dinner.






Add a handful of halved cherry or grape tomatoes when adding the greens

Add a cup or so of beans

Use more eggs

Try dabbing the goat cheese with pesto instead of the masala seasoning