Beets & Black Olives Tapenade

Beets & Black Olives Tapenade

 

I am a big fan of beets. My favorite way of eating this vegetable is warm pure. Recently, I came across of tapenade made of black olives and beets. It is so delicious. Even my partner, who never eats beets, enjoyed it. According to ‘Healing with Whole Foods; Asian traditions and Modern nutrition’ eating beets has following benefits:

  • Strengthen the heart
  • Improve circulation
  • Purify blood
  • Benefit liver
  • Moisten the intestines
  • Treats constipation
  • Promote menstruation
  • Together with carrots – regulate hormones during menopause
  • Treats nervousness

There is a number of nutrients in beets, like folates, niacin (B-3), pantothenic acid (B-5), pyridoxine (B-6) and minerals such as iron, manganese, copper, and magnesiumWhat is more beets are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. Betanin and vulgaxanthin are the two best-studied betalains from beets, and both have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. In recent lab studies on human tumor cells, betanin pigments from beets have been shown to lessen tumor cell growth through a number of mechanisms, including inhibition of pro-inflammatory enzymes (specifically, cyclooxygenase enzymes). The tumor cell types tested in these studies include tumor cells from colon, stomach, nerve, lung, breast, prostate and testicular tissue.

Tapenade

  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • Egg free
  • Nuts free
  • Sugar free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Paleo
Needed appliances
  • Kitchen processor
  • Pan to boil beets (unless you buy already boiled beets)
Ingredients
  • Boiled beets (2 big or 3 small)
  • Black olives (4-5 spoons)
  • Basilicum leaves (half a cup)
  • Olive oil (a couple of spoons; to your preference)
  • Lemon juice (from half a lemon)
  • Salt
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Preparation steps
  • Boil beets and peel them
  • Place boiled cooled beets, black olives and basilicum leaves together in a kitchen processor. Pulse till desired consistency
  • Add olive oil, lemon juice and salt and mix together

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This tapenade is excellent on bread/cracker but also with fish and meat at dinner.

Enjoy,

Kati xxx

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