Thursday, June 18, 2009

Try Something New: Pea Shoots, Purple Asparagus

After purchasing some gorgeous golden beets at Whole Foods last week, I popped in to Trader Joe's to find some inspiration on what to do with them. I picked up some spiced pecans and some goat cheese, of course. In the produce section is where things got interesting. Fat purple asparagus spears caught my eye. Deep purple in color, I had never seen or tasted them before. And then I noticed a tub of something called pea shoots that looked so cute and green, I had to have them. So this mish-mash of ingredients turned into this...

I roasted, peeled and sliced the beets, trimmed and roasted the purple asparagus, dressed the pea shoots with a light, tangy vinaigrette and put the salad together. The purple asparagus turned a greenish-purple when cooked and had a similar but milder flavor than the usual green. The pea shoots tasted a little earthy as a sprout should but much brighter and cleaner. The crisp and juicy snap of them was delightful. The bed of pea shoots was a little more interesting than the usual herb salad or arugula and layered with all those gorgeous ingredients made a fantastic side dish for a bit of grilled sirloin. We cleaned our plates.

3 comments:

  1. That's some seriously raunchy food porn. I'm salivating.
    Hey, just want you to know that you've really been inspiring to me. I have been really trying more lately to have a healthy lifestyle, and it's due in large part to you! I've wasted too many years being unhappy with myself and being unhealthy. I'm ready to reclaim my body.

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  2. Awww, Lara! Thanks. :) There's no reason that healthy eating can't be totally delectable and that exercise (Satanic trainer notwithstanding) can't be fun. I wish it didn't take me almost 40 years to figure that out. No more wasted years for us, lady!

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  3. I just found your site from This is Why You're Thin. Gorgeous food pic! :)
    -A

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