Roasted Beet Salad with Baby Kale, Blackberries, and Tangerines dressed with a Balsamic Reduction

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This colorful array of goodness has been my favorite salad since I was a tiny little girl. I have always adored beets, their rich varying colors, their earthy robust flavor. Simply sent from the divine. In this dish the roasted beets give way to the sweet juiciness of blackberries, and then a tart blast from the tangerines all evened out by the grounded baby kale. The balsamic reduction that is added with the warm beets becomes a caramelized sensation that brings you on a journey you will want to take again and again. This dish brings together simple, seasonal ingredients and takes you back to what nourishment from food is all about. Get ready to crave this daily!!

Roasted Beet Salad with Baby Kale, Blackberries, and Tangerines dressed with a Balsamic Reduction

Serves: 3-4

The Goods:

2-3 Bunches of beets, red, candy, golden whatever is available

2 bunches of kale, or a bag full of baby kale

2 tangerines

1/2 pint of blackberries (more if you so desire)

2 cups balsamic vinegar

1 bunch of parsley

10 basil leaves

lemon zest and tangerine zest

1 teaspoon olive oil

2 garlic cloves

salt and pepper

Put it all together:

Wash beets well, you can save the greens if you wish and make delicious sauteed beet greens. Place washed beets in a roasting dish. Rub olive oil, salt and pepper all over them and place in oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The beets will take about an hour to an hour and half depending on size. You want them soft yet firm. While the beets are roasting, prepare the kale and herbs. Wash the kale well, if you are using bunches of lacinato kale, de-stem it first and then wash well. If using baby kale just wash well and add to your favorite salad bowl. Chop basil, parsley and garlic cloves. Add to bowl with kale. Zest one lemon and one tangerine and add zest to salad bowl. Massage all with some balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Add tangerine and blackberries. When the beets are finished roasting take them out of the oven and allow them to cool on a cutting board. Once cool peel the skin off and slice however you wish. Now for the balsamic reduction. You will put the two cups of balsamic in a pan over medium heat, feel free to add lemon zest or herbs of your choice. Let the balsamic reduce for about 5-7 minutes. It will reduce to a gorgeous thick syrup. Pour this reduction right over the warm beets in the salad and then toss the salad together. You can also add fresh squeezed lemon juice for an extra punch! That is all. Simple ingredients, exquisite taste.

Enjoy!

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So I try to be as kind to the environment as I can. But I have a confession… I LOVE CLOTHES! I really do. I love lingerie, I love dresses, I love anything and everything that is pretty. ¬†Over the past 6 years being vegan, and learning more everyday about how as a consumer I affect the people and animals of the world, I have come to realize many of the companies I love are not always kind. I am an Anthropologie gal, I cannot deny it. I love everything from their window displays to the bedding, to the attire. The company as a whole has improved many of their practices, but overall I still do not see them as a truly fair trade and organic environment. Hopefully one day they will get there, as I would host a party in their honor. In comes a huge problem. Most organic fair trade clothing lines I have come across just do not fit my style. I love the companies for what they are, and the practices they partake in, and yet I cannot seem to fall in love with their clothing. So I searched, and researched, and came across three companies that I have ordered from that I am¬†absolutely¬†enamored¬†with. Number one being People Tree. UK based company makes gorgeous clothing, with all¬†fair trade and often organic materials! Check out this beauty I ordered the other day! O sweet love! Beautiful clothes, nightwear, and accessories that treat the earth and the people in it kindly! I felt like I hit the jack pot when I found them!¬†

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Next up is¬†Indigenous Organic and Fair Trade Clothing. ¬†I do not love everything but really do you ever love everything from one place? The things I do love, I am crazy about. They are 100% organic, I want to kiss them for this, and every¬†material¬†they source is fair trade.¬†¬†Bliss. ¬†This Coat is something I can’t seem to take my mind off of, and I may just order it for the coming Autumn. Yes it is a long way away, but Autumn is the most spectacular season and the fashion is so fun and cozy. ¬†If you are looking for everyday cute attire, and some adorable dresses as well check them out! Feel good about what you buy! ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†

 

 

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Now lingerie, a girls favorite secret something for under her clothes. You have the huge companies like Victoria Secrets who source their material from lord knows where. Why not look and feel beautiful while keeping up with your sustainable and kind life? There are a couple sites I frequent and fear not I will share all of them with you in time. Tonight I am going to share my absolute obsession. G98 is a French organic lingerie company and I am so infatuated with their creations, I cannot get enough!  This corset set is so feminine, the details are exceptional and its made out of recycled white pine pruning.  How cool is that??

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http://www.peopletree.co.uk/

http://www.indigenous.com/

http://www.organic-lingerie.com/en/