Beet and Green Apple Balsamic Wheat Pasta

Growing up in the 90s, let’s be honest, Doug was one of our favorite cartoons and of course, it was full of great messages for little kids, my favorite being from Quailman who always said to eat your beets. At a young age, we weren’t so appreciative of this message however, as I’ve gotten older, beets are one of my go-to root vegetables because of the great health benefits — thank you Doug Funnie for your odd imagination and your weird superhero alter ego who wore his underwear on the outside of his pants and a belt on his head, I’ll credit you for instilling in us as little kids just how important beets are. We were extremely hot the other day and just wanted something that required very little effort to make and we could grab on-the-go, so we invented beet and green apple balsamic wheat pasta with smoked gouda.

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What you’ll need:
2 medium sized beets
4 green apples (granny smith)
Box of wheat thin spaghetti
Thinly sliced smoked gouda
Balsamic vinegar
Vegetable or olive oil
Salt & pepper for taste

Recipe:
Place pan on stove with enough water for pasta and bring to a boil. Add in pasta, allow to cook, al dente. While your pasta is cooking, peel your beets and chop them into smaller pieces. Cut up granny smith apples into similar sized pieces as your beets. Place into a medium sized bowl. Cover with balsamic and two capfuls of oil, add in salt and pepper. Toss and set aside. Drain the pasta and place back into the pot. Place in fridge to cool down or freezer if you are in a hurry. Once pasta has cooled, throw in the beet and apple mixture. Add a touch more balsamic, oil, salt and pepper, if needed. Cut the gouda (we used three slices), and throw into the mixture. Toss. Serve cold.

 

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