The balsamic roasted beets get as sweet as candy and the quinoa, kale and bacon (optional) turn this into a hearty meal!
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 1hour
Total Time 1hour10minutes
Author Pam Greer | Donna Hay
sea salt and cracked black pepper
2.2pounds baby beetstrimmed and scrubbed
14ozkalestems removed and leaves torn into bitesize pieces
shaved pecorino to serveI omitted
Preheat the oven to 400. Place the vinegar, sugar, 1 tablespoon oil, salt and pepper, and beets in a small deep-sided baking tray and toss to combine. Cover with foil and roast for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue cooking for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, add the tarragon leaves to the cooking liquid and set aside.
While the beets are roasting cook the quinoa in 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and let cook for 15 minutes. Remove lid and let cook for a few more minutes to let the water reduce. Set aside.
Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a frying pan. Add the bacon and cook for about 5 minutes are until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and let drain on a paper towel. Reduce the heat to medium and add the garlic. Cook for about a minute or until fragrant. Add the kale and cook for 2-3 minutes or until it is just wilted. . Add the kale mixture, salt and pepper to the quinoa and stir to combine. Top with the beets and pecorino and drizzle with the beet/tarragon sauce.