Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

 
If you haven’t added beets to your diet it is about time! They are low in calories, high in fiber, rich in iron, and full of cancer-fighting beta-carotene and folic acid. If you are thinking about doing a cleanse also this month its the perfect time to try these beautiful veggies! Beets contain antioxidants that not only fight inflammation but they also support your detox by neutralizing toxins and making them water soluble and easily flushed from the body. In one study, beet fiber also increased the production of detoxifying enzymes in the liver. Hard to believe one vegetable can do so much! I love roasted beets in a salad but on a weekly basis I like to incorporate beets into a juice or two with carrots and apples. They are so versatile and you can also sauté the greens with garlic and make a delicious side!

 

 
Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad
Serves 2
Adapted from NY Times
 
5 oz mixed greens
3-4 beets
3 oz goat cheese
1/2 cup walnuts
 
Dressing:
3 T red wine vinegar
2 T honey
1 T dijon 
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
 

1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Clean the beets and cut the greens away leaving 1/4 inch of the stem. Place in a baking dish and add 1/4 inch of water to the dish. Cover tightly an roast 40 minutes. They are done with they are easily pricked with a knife. Remove from the oven and let them cool. Cut away the ends and slip off the skins. I choose to thinly slice the beets or you can cut them into 1/2 inch dice. 
2. Combine the ingredients to make the dressing. I typically do this in a mason jar and shake it up rather than whisking. I sometimes make double to have some extra for the rest of the week too. 3. Place the greens in a large bowl and drizzle with the vinaigrette and toss to combine. Divide the greens onto plates and top with the beets, goat cheese and walnuts. 


source: whole living

happier home / 01

One of the things that has inspired my March Cleaning Project is the concept of creating a happier home. I have been thinking a lot about how to make the things around me more beautiful and inspiring. I have also been paying attention to what little things get me off track. I find that if I come home from work to a cluttered living room I immediately feel defeated and the rest of the evening I am much less productive and more easily frustrated. If I come home to a house in somewhat order I feel like I can conquer the world. It is amazing what a clean coffee table can do! My goal over the next few weeks (or maybe forever) is to spend some time analyzing the little things that make a big difference and give tips to help you have a lovely, happy home too!

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black and white

Well to start off my March cleaning I think I am going to clean out my closet and fully adopt the black and white trend. Who doesn’t love a good black and white piece? There are endless possibilities!

1. Madewell Polka Dot Jeans, 2. Zara Black and White Heels, 3 H&M Blouse, 4. Herschel Backpack, 5. Blackbird and the Owl Pouch, 6. COS Striped Top, 7. Need Supply Co. Dress

happy weekend!

The weekend is here! I have big plans to work on the blog this weekend. Jim is helping me redesign the  layout and I am hoping to make headway this weekend. I am very ready for a fresh look! I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead of you! The sun is no longer shining here so I wouldn’t be surprised if I stay cooped up in a coffee shop all day. That doesn’t sound so bad! Here are some reads for your wonderful weekend too…

Print your own Post-it note.

I think I could spend hours doing this.

LOVE this home.

A lovely catalog.

Make your own nut milk!

An adorable DIY.

I love this photography project.

Another amazing DIY!

18 time-saving tips.

marching in

March is here and I am ready for spring! I find myself wanting to clean, organize, and give life to everything around me. Spring has to be my favorite season. It is amazing to look around to azaleas blooming, people riding their bikes everywhere and the perfect weather for sitting on the porch. I have been brainstorming a lot about what I want to do this month with Hello There Home and I decided to do a spring cleaning focus. I have all these ideas in my brain of ways to clean and simplify my life and I thought I would go forward and share those with you! I will be featuring everything from new cleaning products to getting rid of all those things in your home that weigh you down. I will also talk about detoxing and tips to help your body stay clean and healthy all year. I hope you are looking forward to this as much as me! Please feel free to give any suggestions or ask any questions. I will try my best to answer!

xoxo
Gina

4 shops

There are so many lovely shops on Etsy these days it really is hard to just feature 4! These shops have had my eye for quite a while and really are just too lovely not to share. Hope you enjoy!

hive adventures

It is spring! I don’t really know how it can be snowing in some places but here the azaleas are blooming and it is almost beach weather. I have been checking on the hive regularly trying to see how busy they are and Sunday morning I went to look and it seems like the number of bees doubled! We quickly added on the second super and are now hoping they are filling it with honey! I am excited to see if we get an early extraction this year. Here are some pics of our venture into the hive.

good reads

How adorable are these books? I have said before how therapeutic I find all of our backyard activities to be so these books seem like the perfect companion for afternoons in the yard. Have you found any interesting reads lately?

spaghetti squash with lentils, shiitake and pesto

The wonderful spaghetti squash. It amazes me how many people haven’t given this delicious winter vegetable a shot! It is so tasty, has an amazing crunch and is actually a great substitute for spaghetti. It couldn’t be easier to prepare, you simply roast it and then dress it up any way you like. I loved it with this simple pesto but now I am interested in trying it with marinara. When I did this recipe I actually went ahead and roasted two and had plenty for lunch for the week for very little extra work. I hope you will give this lovely veggie a chance!

Spaghetti Squash with Lentils, Shiitake and Pesto

Serves 2
1 large spaghetti squash
1 T oil (coconut is my preference but you can use whatever you have on hand)
salt and pepper
1/2 lentils
1 cup water
salt
1 cup shiitake mushrooms
Pesto
2 handfuls basil
3 T pine nuts or walnuts
3 T grated parmesan
3 T evoo
salt and pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 400. 
2. Divide the squash lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds and rub the cut sides with the oil and salt and pepper. Place both halves on the baking tray, cut side down. Bake for 40-60 minutes. The halves are ready when the skin is bubbly and slightly browned. 
3. While the squash is cooking prepare the lentils. Place the lentils and water in a saucepan and cover and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and gently simmer for 30 minutes until tender. Drain any excess water and set aside
4.  Place the pesto ingredients in a mortar and grind or blend in a food processor and set aside.
5. When the squash is finished baking set it cut side up and let cool for a few minutes. Meanwhile saute the mushrooms in oil until soft and browned. 
6. Use a fork to scrape out the spaghetti strands and place in serving bowl. Top with the lentils, mushrooms and pesto and serve.

golden slumbers

With spring right around the corner I have found myself dreaming of giving our bedroom a fresh look. I am spending way more time then I should on Apartment Therapy and Living Etc looking for inspiration and great ideas. I have found so many lovely rooms out there highlighting the lovely shades of yellow and it is quickly becoming my go-to color for decorating. I am seriously hoping this fabulous color makes it into my room (like in this quilt). In the meantime here are some rooms that will hopefully inspire you too.

1. SF Girl by Bay, 2. Design Sponge , 3. Cup of Jo, 4. Design Sponge, 5. Apartment Therapy, 6. Poppytalk, 7. Design Sponge