Inspiration

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 14, 2010

…is everywhere!

From the internet to cooking magazines to old, worn, and loved cookbooks.

From having your first encounter with a new crazy fruit to experiencing your first local and organic CSA to falling in love with a new restaurant.

Inspiration is indeed everywhere.

One of the things I love about blogging is that it gets my creative juices flowing.

Not only that, it provides a fun platform to do so! The gratification is immediate. The connection with others is immediate.

From the kitchen, through my camera lens, and onto the computer screen.

From my sneaker, onto the pavement, and across the finish line.

From reader’s inspiring comments to flipping through a tattered and stained cookbook, the culinary neurons have no choice but to go off like fireworks.

Blogging is my Culinary Viagra.

Of course the creative juices do not always flow.

Ha.

Let’s be real.

Sometimes my creativity resembles the Sahara. Some days, you could take my brain and squeeze it and not one creative juice would drop.

(This is when I know that it is time to take a break until I have that desperate urge to run to the kitchen, frantically throwing ingredients about while a flour cloud puffs over my head and I cackle in delight.)

Inspiration cannot be forced.

Tonight my inspiration came from this delicious beet salad that I had at Karyn’s on Green:

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This was the salad that solidified the fact that my heart beats for beets and that I no longer have to associate beets with the canned variety my dad used to try to make me to eat at Thanksgiving and Christmas every year.

Tonight I knew it was time to add my own unique touch to the beet salad.

I was in the mood for love, sweet, sweet fruity love.

My inspiration also came from the weather that was so beautiful today I forgot all about the f-word. It was fresh, sweet, and filled with promise. I did my best to bottle it and put it on my plate tonight.

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Energizing Stacked Beet, Apple, and Orange Salad

This is one of the most delightful ways I have ever enjoyed a salad. Light, sweet, crisp, fragrant, and energizing, serve this salad as an appetizer whenever you need a pick me up. As another option, you could also serve this for a fresh take on dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium sized beets
  • 1 Macintosh apple (best apple of the season!)
  • 1 nectarine
  • 1 orange
  • Fresh lemon juice

 

Directions: Preheat the oven to 400F. Wash and cover 2 medium sized beets with tinfoil. Roast on a baking pan for about 40-45 minutes until tender with a fork. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before carefully unwrapping tinfoil. Watch out they are hot! Let cool at least 5 more minutes before slicing. While the beets are cooling, core and slice your apple into rounds 1/4” thick. Chop other fruit such as nectarines, oranges, or berries. The sky is the limit! Slice off ends of beets and carefully remove skin. Slice beets into very thin rounds and set aside. Stack your salad by placing the apple round on the bottom, followed by 2 slices of beet, then your other fruit. Squeeze fresh lemon over top if desired. This will also prevent fruit from browning quickly too. Makes approximately 10 stacked salads.

How did I ‘hate’ beets for the first 26 years of my life?!

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I just don’t understand how my brain and taste buds did not connect beets with mind blowing deliciousness.

Kick-off the party by roasting your beets in tinfoil…

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They will be fork tender when ready.

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Slice your fruit while they cool.

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You can get creative and use any kind of fruit you wish!

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This nectarine was to die for. I had to enforce a ton of self-control.

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Now peel and slice the beets…

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Assemble by placing apple round on bottom, 2 beet slices on top, followed by nectarine and orange…(or whatever fruit you desire)

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Secure with toothpick. ;)

Now squeeze some fresh lemon on top.

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Check out that droplet!

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And admire your fun salad.

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and re-live summer memories all over again.

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Whenever inspiration strikes.

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[email protected] September 14, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Those look so gorgeous! And delicious :-)

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JenATX September 14, 2010 at 5:40 pm

these look like they would be great appetizers… they look straight out of a gourmet magazine!

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MEAGHAN September 14, 2010 at 5:40 pm

I received my first shippment of glow bars. There are amazing! Thank you Angela.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 14, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Aww thank you so much. :) That makes me happy. Enjoy!

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Nicole (Picky Nicky) September 14, 2010 at 6:08 pm

I totally agree:
fresh beets > canned beets
And I’m sure that salad was delicious! It looks so fresh and juicy!

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Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 14, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Blogging is sort of the inspiration catalyst for me too – like, I will see something in a magazine or the market, and think, hmm I should try that, but what sometimes pushes me to do it is knowing I can share it via the blog :)

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Abby (Nibble, Nourish, Run) September 14, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Beets get such a bad rap sometimes – I’m so glad you made this delicious looking dinner! I ADORE beets! And my inspiration comes from blogs of course!!

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Angela September 14, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Roasting beets. What a revelation! I have awful childhood memories of boiled beets and the smell that lingered with them. This may be one to try and possibly rescue something else from a history of over cooked veggies!

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 14, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I’ve never had a beet that I liked.. maybe I’m doing it all wrong!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 14, 2010 at 6:40 pm

I don’t even like beets and this looks delicious!!

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Kristina @ spabettie September 14, 2010 at 6:43 pm

WOW — this looks beautiful… I don’t even like beets (I juiced my first one a few days ago!!) and this looks, somehow, GOOD to me!! :)

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Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 14, 2010 at 6:44 pm

YUM. This recipe sounds so refreshing and light. Would be perfect at an afternoon bbq. Great idea Ange :D

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 14, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Everything inspires me – books, TV, friends, family – it’s why I love blogging too – I get to use my creative side!

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MoniMeals September 14, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Wow on the pics! So fresh and so clean… just a beautiful meal and colors, how can you not feel good right (physically and visually)! I am just starting to like beets, it is funny how i never really liked them until trying them out a restaurant recentally.
Many things inspire me…helping others is a huge one and pushing my limits (in a good way)inpsires me on all levels in my life.:)

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[email protected] September 14, 2010 at 6:49 pm

What a great idea for hors d’oeuvres! (I had to look up the spelling for that) So fresh and healthy.

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Erin September 14, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I’m assuming we’ll have tons of beets in our CSA basket starting next week so this will definitely come in handy!

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Amelia's Puzzle September 14, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Your blog is what inspires me!! And I couldn’t agree more – how the heck did it take 25 years for me to realize my love for beets??

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[email protected] September 14, 2010 at 7:01 pm

That beet salad looks pretty and delicious! I am really inspired by reading healthy living blogs. Reading about how amazing women have conquered their eating obstacles truly inspires and motivates me to do the same. Thank you for being one of my inspirations :)

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Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 14, 2010 at 7:02 pm

I love this post! I’m inspired by the beauty of nature, the sound of the trees rustling in the wind, people watching, reading other blogs, journaling, reading books… you can truly find inspiration everywhere :)

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Gina September 14, 2010 at 7:19 pm

The beet salad looks delectable!
I’m inspired by everything: family, nature, New York City, other blogs, magazines, Iron Chef’s :) & the list goes on!

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Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 14, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Angela these look so bright and beautiful!

I get inspried going outside and seeing nature: looking at the trees, the green grass, the beautiful sky. I also get insprired by my husband, my family, my friends and definitely other bloggers. Everywhere you look there is inspiration, just keep your eyes open!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 14, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Wow, that looks so fresh! I absolutely love the photo with the lemon juice droplet in it. This was also my summer for discovering that I liked beets. My dad never forced the store-bought canned ones on me, but instead it was his own pickled variety that had a smell to put me off for life (or so I thought). :)

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Camille September 14, 2010 at 7:32 pm

That picture of you squeezing the lemon is incredible! Well done!

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Krystina September 14, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Wow, that’s beautiful.

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Wei-Wei September 14, 2010 at 7:38 pm

That is SO gorgeous! I think you should do stacked salads more often ;) they’re so fun!

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Tina September 14, 2010 at 7:48 pm

I agree that you can’t force inspiration and you can’t force yourself to write in a particular way. You have to go with the flow. I love that blogging always seems to provide inspiration though.

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Nathalie September 14, 2010 at 7:51 pm

This is so true! It does get the creative juices flowing. Such a great feeling. I Love what you’ve done with the beets and fruits combo. It looks delicious!!!

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Rhea (Greek Feaster) September 14, 2010 at 7:54 pm

When it comes it culinary inspiration and fun exercise motivation, I look to your blog. Your excitement and passion about what you are doing radiates out of my computer (hopefully it’s not, um, old-fashioned radiation) and gets me pumped up. For instance, as I write this, I have a batch of made-up oatmeal in my oven :D

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 14, 2010 at 8:34 pm

thank you! and the radiation part made me laugh ;)

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Laura September 14, 2010 at 7:54 pm

beets & fruit, wow, interesting combo!

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stacey-healthylife September 14, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Those would make a pretty appetizer.

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Tiffany @ Eat, Run, Write, Love September 14, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I love blogging too! It helps me to get my good thoughts out and inspire others. It gives so much hope to so many people who feel like this world sucks and that there are no good people out there anymore. I think when we love others, we can’t help but feel great and sport a huge contagious smile.

I love your blog Angela, YOU inspire me. I have tried many of your recipes and have loved them all. My girls love the banana soft serve, we have it for breakfast and they always scream “Ice Cream!”

You have also inspired me to not be afraid of being myself and sharing my life on my blog. I have found that being yourself is what is inspiring. When we are trying to be anyone else, it just doesn’t work.

P.S I am currently baking granola!

Sending you love! :)

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Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 14, 2010 at 8:34 pm

These look so refreshing! The first time I had beets was last year at Thanksgiving and I absolutely love them!!

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Joanna @ landanimal.wordpress.com September 14, 2010 at 8:42 pm

I agree with you so much. Blogging inspires me to stay on track with my healthy lifestyle. The blog community is so motivating.

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Paige @ Running Around Normal September 14, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Life would be a lot easier if we all had creativity on demand – but I have a feeling it’d be less special;)
Those look delicious! I’ve actually never made roasted purple beets!

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Rachael September 14, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Beautiful pics – beets are one of my favorite foods (I was the weird kid who scarfed them up, canned form and all) and you’ve inspired me to try them in a new recipe…thanks for the beet porn :)

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Paula September 14, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Amazing!! I seriously love your combo! Just looking at the thinly sliced beets has be wanting some. Blogs and books or whatever is in season gives me inspiration.

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 14, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Ahhh I looove beets!!!

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Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA September 14, 2010 at 9:14 pm

I totally agree, blogging inspires me to keep it interesting.

Those little salads look great for fancy party food.

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Jess @ Gluten Freesta September 14, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Just loving your foodtography right now. Had a major moment of food weakness tonight… your post makes me want to wake up with for a fresh healthful start tomorrow.

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Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 14, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Beautiful. Just beautiful. You need to frame these pics.

Beets still kind of scare me. Maybe I need to make this salad to get over that fear?

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Shanna, like Banana September 14, 2010 at 9:59 pm

What a lovely little bite! Love apps on toothpicks to change things up. And yes, long live summer1

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Lauren September 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Gorgeous photos!!

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Danielle September 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm

I was just looking for inspiration for my CSA beets! Yay!

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Stephanie @ Laugh and Cook September 14, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Beautiful pictures!

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callah September 14, 2010 at 11:04 pm

I actually just wrote my first recipe! and blogged it of course :) I wonder if that means I’ll be getting beets in my CSA tomorrow (t’s always almost identical to yours)!

http://callahyoga.blogspot.com/2010/09/vegetarian-fiesta-stuffed-peppers.html

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Sava September 14, 2010 at 11:29 pm

These look lovely!
I have never cooked with (or eaten beets)

It sure looks like I am missing out!
I’ll have to fix that for sure!

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Kate September 14, 2010 at 11:58 pm

Aw, how purty! I used to hate beets too–I think I had that same aversion to the canned stuff and when I finally tried them fresh I was pleasantly surprised :)

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Courtney (Pancakes and Postcards) September 15, 2010 at 2:02 am

those are so beautiful! i love food that is pretty but the problem is that then I don’t want to eat it :)

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Cara Craves... September 15, 2010 at 5:53 am

Such a stunning idea. Perfect for parties. I love how it’s served on a toothpick…simple and genius!

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Annie D @ Annie's Simple Life September 15, 2010 at 6:06 am

LOVE. THIS.

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Maya September 15, 2010 at 6:20 am

What a creative twist! I have never seen beets paired with nectarines, but pourquoi pas!

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Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge September 15, 2010 at 6:27 am

I used to not like beets too but I love them now! I love how earthy they taste. :-)

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Cailin @ Stir Crazy September 15, 2010 at 6:28 am

I used to hate beets, until this summer… I don’t know what changed, but now I love them! I still have yet to make them myself though. Those stacks are adorable and sound delicious :) Almost too cute to eat!

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Eliza September 15, 2010 at 6:55 am

Beets are one of my favorite vegetables. Homemade pickled beets are great in salads- I’ve never had the store bought canned ones. Do they taste different?

My partner is in medical school, and neither of us could stop laughing when he told me that one of his lecturers told them to always make sure that a person complaining of blood in their stool hadn’t eaten beets the night before. Very true!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 15, 2010 at 7:33 am

Ooh yum! I love how well beets work in both sweet and savory dishes.

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Kath (Eating for Living) September 15, 2010 at 7:34 am

Beautiful colors!

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Sami September 15, 2010 at 1:06 pm

these would be perfect for a little munchie food at something like a baby/bridal shower! great idea, ang!

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Halley (Blunder Construction) September 15, 2010 at 4:38 pm

The beets! The beets! Perfect, it’s like you read my refrigerator bin’s mind. Can’t wait to try!

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Doc (The Healthy PhD) September 15, 2010 at 10:51 pm

I am always admiring how much preparation you put into making your food beautiful. It’s inspiring!

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