“sweetie beetie risotto with goat cheese”

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, so we thought it would be fun to give you a recipe and dinner idea from our cookbook, “f-words mom let us say: food, family & friends”. Our recipe, “sweetie beetie risotto with goat cheese” has become a fun, celebratory dish in the Peddie house. The gorgeous, deep red color from the beets makes this a festive meal for Valentines, Galentines, or a couples’ dinner party. Of course, we believe we should each be our own Valentine first and foremost, so we think this dish is also perfect to make just for yourself for a self-nurturing, cozy night in.

The idea of beet risotto may sound a little strange but we promise, this is scrumptious. The earthiness of the beets combined with the creamy smoothness of the risotto and goat cheese makes a balanced, decadent combination. The color is rich and natural and sets a loving tone for a heartfelt meal. This recipe turns beet skeptics into beet lovers. My youngest daughter Cami, thought she hated beets until she tried this dish, and it’s become one of her absolute favorites. We make it together every time she comes home from college!

I would say the hardest part of the recipe, and this isn’t really hard, is the peeling and shredding of the beet. It just takes a little umph using the box grater! Your hands will turn bright red so don’t freak out like I did the first time I worked with a red beet! Just wash your hands with warm, soapy water as soon as you’re done and your new, bright red hands will go away! 😉

If you’re new to cooking, or making risotto, I would definitely Mise en place. If you’re not familiar, Mise en place is a French culinary term meaning “put in place” or “everything in its place.” Not only is it a fun phrase, but it’s also one of the most helpful ways to ensure the success of your dish. If equipment is ready and all of the ingredients are prepped before cooking, it eliminates stress and makes cooking it fun and stress free. It’s worth a few extra dirty dishes. I even like to set up each ingredient in the order it goes into the pan so it can really be goof proof.

Risotto requires patience since you’re adding the broth slowly, waiting for the rice to drink it up in increments. So pour yourself a little glass of wine and enjoy watching this beautiful dish come together. I hope you’ll give it a try. It’s unique, delicious, nutritious and absolutely says I love you!

sweetie beetie risotto with goat cheese 

Ready in 1 hour, 15 minutes

Serves 4 to 5

5 cups chicken broth

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)

½ teaspoon minced fresh thyme

4 cloves fresh garlic, smashed, peeled, and chopped

1½ cups Arborio rice or medium-grain white rice

½ cup red wine of choice

2 raw medium red beets, stemmed, peeled, and shredded (with a box grater)

Grated zest and juice of ½ lemon

⅓ cup goat cheese

½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

5 leaves fresh basil for garnish

Bring the broth to a simmer in a medium saucepan. (Simmering the broth keeps it warm all through the cooking process, which helps release the starch in the rice and makes your risotto creamy and dreamy.)

In a large heavy-bottomed skillet or sauté pan, heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and thyme and sauté until the onion is lightly browned and translucent. Add the garlic and cook for about 1 more minute.

Add the rice and cook until slightly toasted, about 3 minutes. (This adds a nutty elegance to the rice’s flavor.) Add the wine and stir until it has almost been completely absorbed by the rice. Still stirring, slowly add about ½ cup of the warm broth and cook and stir until the liquid is absorbed. Continue cooking and stirring, adding additional broth after each addition has been absorbed. It will take 25 to 30 minutes to use up all of the broth and for the risotto to become creamy and al dente. When the final ½ cup broth has nearly been absorbed, add the beets, stirring them in well. Add lemon zest and juice, then the goat cheese and Parmesan cheese. Stir well.

Garnish with fresh basil and serve!

tip

Yes, raw beets go into this risotto. Because they’re shredded, they cook fast yet still have a very tiny bit of bite to them.

Added yum:

Sprinkle the top with crispy fried pancetta

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“sweetie beetie risotto with goat cheese”

With Valentine’s Day around the corner we thought it would be fun to give you a recipe and dinner idea from our cookbook, “f-words mom let us say: food, family & friends”. Our recipe, “sweetie beetie risotto with goat cheese” has become a fun, celebratory dish in the Peddie house. The gorgeous, deep red color from the beets makes this a festive meal for Valentines, Galentines, or a couples’ dinner party. Of course, we believe we should each be our own Valentine first and foremost, so we think this dish is also perfect to make just for yourself for a self-nurturing, cozy night in.

 

The idea of beet risotto may sound a little strange but we promise, this is scrumptious. The earthiness of the beets combined with the creamy smoothness of the risotto and goat cheese makes a balanced, decadent combination. The color is rich and natural and sets a loving tone for a heartfelt meal. This recipe turns beet skeptics into beet lovers. My youngest daughter Cami, thought she hated beets until she tried this dish, and it’s become one of her absolute favorites. We make it together every time she comes home from college!

 

I would say the hardest part of the recipe, and this isn’t really hard, is the peeling and shredding of the beet. It just takes a little umph using the box grater! Your hands will turn bright red so don’t freak out like I did the first time I worked with a red beet! Just wash your hands with warm, soapy water as soon as you’re done and your new, bright red hands will go away! 😉

 

If you’re new to cooking, or making risotto, I would definitely Mise en place. If you’re not familiar, Mise en place is a French culinary term meaning “put in place” or “everything in its place.” Not only is it a fun phrase, but it’s also one of the most helpful ways to ensure the success of your dish. If equipment is ready and all of the ingredients are prepped before cooking, it eliminates stress and makes cooking it fun and stress free. It’s worth a few extra dirty dishes. I even like to set up each ingredient in the order it goes into the pan so it can really be goof proof.

 

Risotto requires patience since you’re adding the broth slowly, waiting for the rice to drink it up in increments. So pour yourself a little glass of wine and enjoy watching this beautiful dish come together. I hope you’ll give it a try. It’s unique, delicious, nutritious and absolutely says I love you!

  • Author: sharon caldwell peddie

Ingredients

sweetie beetie risotto with goat cheese 

Ready in 1 hour, 15 minutes

Serves 4 to 5

 

5 cups chicken broth

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)

½ teaspoon minced fresh thyme

4 cloves fresh garlic, smashed, peeled, and chopped

1½ cups Arborio rice or medium-grain white rice

½ cup red wine of choice

2 raw medium red beets, stemmed, peeled, and shredded (with a box grater)

Grated zest and juice of ½ lemon

⅓ cup goat cheese

½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

5 leaves fresh basil for garnish

 

Instructions

Bring the broth to a simmer in a medium saucepan. (Simmering the broth keeps it warm all through the cooking process, which helps release the starch in the rice and makes your risotto creamy and dreamy.)

 

In a large heavy-bottomed skillet or sauté pan, heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and thyme and sauté until the onion is lightly browned and translucent. Add the garlic and cook for about 1 more minute.

 

Add the rice and cook until slightly toasted, about 3 minutes. (This adds a nutty elegance to the rice’s flavor.) Add the wine and stir until it has almost been completely absorbed by the rice. Still stirring, slowly add about ½ cup of the warm broth and cook and stir until the liquid is absorbed. Continue cooking and stirring, adding additional broth after each addition has been absorbed. It will take 25 to 30 minutes to use up all of the broth and for the risotto to become creamy and al dente. When the final ½ cup broth has nearly been absorbed, add the beets, stirring them in well. Add lemon zest and juice, then the goat cheese and Parmesan cheese. Stir well.

 

Garnish with fresh basil and serve!

 

tip

Yes, raw beets go into this risotto. Because they’re shredded, they cook fast yet still have a very tiny bit of bite to them.

 

Added yum:

Sprinkle the top with crispy fried pancetta

 

 

Sharon Caldwell Peddie is the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy and f-words mom let us say: food, family & friends”. For more information on her books visit: sharonpeddieblog.com or https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Sharon%20caldwell%20peddie, or https://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/,https://www.amazon.com/f-words-mom-let-say-everyday/dp/B0BNT2G6N7/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2ZPX0IPDUHIUV&keywords=f-words+mom+let+us+say+food+family+%26+friends&qid=1676312524&sprefix=f-words%2Caps%2C142&sr=8-1

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Hey there, Happy Summer!

Hey there friends,

Thank you for following my blog! I’m embarrassed how long it’s been since I wrote a blog post. Life has gotten in the way, but I love having my blog and I’ve missed creating content for it so much. I have a short lull for a few days in the development of my next book and other life duties, so I thought I’d take a moment to give my blog some fresh life and fill you in on what I’ve been up to.

I’m still doing all I can to market my first book, “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”, and I feel as passionate as ever about its message. The marketing takes a lot of time away from what I really love to do and that’s write more and create more to share with all of you. But that’s ok, it’s worth it! It’s still getting great reviews, and young women (and wonderfully surprising, people of all ages) are finding it helpful and comforting and that’s GYB’s purpose! (Let me know if you’d like a free eBook copy in exchange for writing a review. More reviews keep my book higher on the search engines of all the websites that sell it. Reviews help keep my book relevant and visible to bookstore buyers and librarians too!)

In addition, for the last 2 ½ years, I’ve been writing a cookbook with my 3 daughters! It’s been quite an undertaking, but being together, cooking, creating, and writing our cookbook has been our pandemic silver lining. Putting our recipes, experiences, values, philosophies, and memories in writing has felt so joyful and powerful. We can’t to share it with you!

We are unknowns, so getting published by a traditional cookbook publisher would have taken years to possibly never, so I decided to learn how to be a publisher myself. (Hence the no time for blogging). LinkedIn and WordPress proved to be a valuable resource for us. After interviewing many, I assembled an all-female, amazing team whose skills and talents have been so incredibly valuable in helping us get our cookbook to the beautiful and professional standards we dreamed of.  We are finally in the book design/layout stage! We’ve been excited about its content, but now we’re really excited about our visual vibe too! It will still need to go to photo editing and indexing, but we’re feeling confident it will be available for the holiday season. (Cookbooks make really great gifts!)

It may seem off brand and confusing that I’ve gone from writing inspiration for developing a stronger sense of self to encourage and cultivate more joy, to writing a cookbook, but I promise it will still be very authentic to who I am, what I love to write about, and the encourager I love to be.

As a mom of three girls, it’s been my passion and mission to raise confident women with a strong sense of self. There are many roads to help build that, and we’ve traveled many of them. One of my biggest surprises was seeing how learning to cook proved to be such a powerful road to developing my girls’ self-love and confidence. I’ll say, it’s done the same for me as well. Cooking has been a fun and less-pressure-packed way to build confidence than some of those other roads. My girls and I are so excited to share that experience with you. We hope it inspires women and men, girls, and boys of all ages to get into the kitchen to grow! We believe cooking truly helps us and our lives grow more meaningfully beautiful!

My blog, Instagram, FB and Pinterest will continue to share all kinds of inspiration to help “grow yourself beautiful” and “grow your life beautiful”. I’m growing right alongside with you, so it will just continue to come in different forms, i.e., this time, a cookbook! We will eventually get some TikTok recipes out there as well!

My middle daughter recently got engaged and “hired” me as her wedding planner so I’ve been busy doing that as well. I love event planning; it’s another place to be creative! I’ve done it for 25+ years for various organizations and school events so hopefully I can merge all the experience into a beautiful wedding for my daughter and her fiance. I’ll be sure to share inspiration on Pinterest for that too! We have had a ball looking at all of the Pinterest wedding content out there already.

I love Summer, especially because it rains 7 months out of the year in the PNW. I’m trying to soak up as much sunshine and outdoor fun as possible before it’s all gone. I hope you are finding time to do all of things that feed your soul. I’m sorry for the long delay in blogging. Let’s stay close on my other social media platforms as well. Let’s keep growing together! It’s always less scary and more fun when we’re holding hands!

Let’s stay in touch:

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Facebook: Author Sharon Caldwell Peddie

Twitter: @SCPeddie

Hashtags: #growyourselfbeautiful #growyourlifebeautiful

Sharon Caldwell Peddie is the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. For more information on her book visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com or https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1567376389&s=gateway&sr=8-1 or https://sharonpeddieblog.comhttps://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/

Anything contained in my blog that is written or shared by me is just my personal view. If you find inspiration in any of my content, please be responsible, safe and legal.

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Matcha smoothies with Sharon and Kendall

Happy Tuesday Tea with Sharon and Kendall! Incase you’re just joining us, my daughter (the wisest and cutest dietitian I know) and I are exploring teas and health benefits every Tuesday this month. We hope to provide you with some fun inspiration for health & joy! Today, we’re exploring Matcha! Instead of sipping tea, we’re going to share our Matcha smoothie recipe we’ve developed for our cookbook we’re working on! (Yes! It’s a sneak peek recipe🤗) It’s energizing, yet calming—much like how a walk in nature can make us feel.

Matcha Energy & Calming Smoothie:
1/2 cup greek yogurt
½ cup cashew milk or milk of choice
1 cup of fresh spinach
¼ avocado
1.5 tsp of matcha
½ tsp of honey
½ cup of ice

Matcha is a very fine green powder made from green tea leaves. Since the whole leaves are consumed when drinking matcha, the antioxidant content is higher than other teas. Antioxidants help protect our body against free radicals. Matcha is also a rich source of L-theanine, which is an amino acid that can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. This is why matcha is often known for being able to provide you with a relaxed energy.

Avocado is rich in fiber and potassium.

Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin k, vitamin a, vitamin c, folate just to name a few.

Greek yogurt is a great source of calcium and protein.

Adding a little protein (greek yogurt) and fat (avocado) to your smoothie can help promote satiety and help you feel fuller for longer, making this smoothie a great breakfast or snack option. Adding protein and fat to your smoothie will also help to keep your blood sugar from spiking.

There you go! Tea really is magical and a friend to anyone who is making their mental and physical health a priority. Tea reminds us to take a little break and just breathe. 💚💚

Tea Time with Sharon and Kendall

If it’s Tuesday, then it must be time for Sharon and Kendall to dish the tea on some more of our favorite teas. We both love our teas and I’ve asked my daughter the dietitian to help us navigate some of the many health benefit claims made on a lot of tea boxes. It’s not to say the info isn’t true, but we should take note there just isn’t a whole lot of research yet. However, the scientific research has been growing and that’s exciting!

Today’s favorite is Chamomile with Lavender. My favorite brand for this flavor is #traditionalmedicinals. The smell and taste of this tea makes us feel like we’re at a spa. It’s kind, relaxing and delightfully aromatic to us.

Kendall’s “teasearch” shows us Chamomile has been used as an herbal medication since ancient times and contains phytochemicals that may be able to provide therapeutic effects such as improving cardiovascular conditions, stimulating the immune system, and promoting relaxation. Also, that some human studies support lavender’s effectiveness in aiding to combat different neurological and psychological disorders. No wonder we love smelling it and drinking it while we work!

Tea is definitely one of life’s simple pleasures and so is my bamboo tea bag box you can see on the counter. I always think I might hear music when I open it up to choose a daily tea. Haha It’s funny how simple things can really bring us small little joys every day.

The inspirational quote on my teabag tag today is a fun one too. “Earth laughs in flowers”-Ralph Waldo Emerson. Perfect to visualize while I smell the lavender in the tea. I hope you have time today to enjoy some tea and visualize some beautiful flowers coming soon with Spring, while you drink it. 🌸🌺🌼🌻

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Let’s spill the Tea on Tuesdays!

When I was writing my first book, I really got into making a cup of tea every afternoon for a break. I found that just the right teas can be a caffeine-free, enthusiastic lift and also be very calming. A cup of tea in the middle of the day is such a beautiful way to quietly spend a few minutes with ourselves, unplugged.

 I don’t know if you can call it a hobby, but I now love trying different teas and learning about them. I especially love the impact that tea can have on our overall health and wellness. So much so, I’ve asked my daughter, Kendall, (the cutest and best dietitian) to team up with me! For the next month on Tuesdays, we’re going to dish the tea! Let’s call it, “Tuesday Tea with Sharon and Kendall”.

Today, we’re drinking “Organic Rosehip and Hibiscus Herbal Tea”. It’s a little bit floral, fruity and perfectly tart. It’s also a beautiful color of red. Did you know rose hips are that round portion of the rose flower just underneath the petals? I had no idea! Herbal teas, like this one, are known for having calming properties. Studies have also shown that hibiscus tea may be helpful in lowering blood pressure, which is important for heart health. We love that!

We also love the little treasures of inspiring quotes some brands put on their tea bag tags. They are great to ponder while you drink your tea. Today’s pearl of wisdom: “From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow. -Aeschyluameros”.  We love that too! Let’s all take one small step today that will grow into something we really want to happen.

Hope you’ll join us for some tea! Cheers!

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Sharon Caldwell Peddie is the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. For more information on her book visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com or https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1567376389&s=gateway&sr=8-1 or https://sharonpeddieblog.comhttps://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/

Anything contained in my blog that is written or shared by me is just my personal view. If you find inspiration in any of my content, please be responsible, safe and legal.

20 Reasons We May Want to Have Gratitude for 2020…

Sharon Caldwell Peddie is the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. For more information on her book visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com or https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1567376389&s=gateway&sr=8-1 or https://sharonpeddieblog.comhttps://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/

Anything contained in my blog that is written or shared by me is just my personal view. If you find inspiration in any of my content, please be responsible, safe and legal.

Fall Fun!–My October article for Boca Style Magazine.

I really enjoy being a contributor to Boca Style Magazine and citylifestyle.com. Here’s an article I wrote for their October 2020 issue. I hope it inspires you to still find the joy in Fall and Halloween, during the pandemic.


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Sharon Caldwell Peddie is the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. For more information on her book visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com or https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1567376389&s=gateway&sr=8-1 or https://sharonpeddieblog.comhttps://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/

Anything contained in my blog that is written or shared by me is just my personal view. If you find inspiration in any of my content, please be responsible, safe and legal.

College Dorm Checklist for Girls

These are anxious times already, and to be sending our kids off to college during a pandemic, certainly doesn’t help us feel any calmer. I’m taking my youngest daughter back to college next week and we’ve committed ourselves to just focusing on all of the positives. I’m a true believer in expect and hope for the best, but also be prepared for everything. When we’re prepared, it helps even tough situations go a little more smoothly.

I’ve sent 3 daughters off to college and I still don’t have it perfected, but I’ve developed a helpful checklist along the way, that I’d love to share. (My boy parent friends will have a much shorter list and a good giggle.)

Girls can certainly get away with much less than this and some may even think of more…but it will help you not have to start from scratch. I hope it’s helpful!

Big prayers for a healthy, safe, educational, fun and resilient college year to all of the kids, faculty and parents traveling near and far. What important lessons and life skills this year will be!

Dorm Checklist for Girls:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1t1GAnewMc59rF6_xoY5REnI5nXqsjavQxPP3k3Tij-E/edit?usp=sharing

Shampoo

Conditioner

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Flossers

Hairspray

Dry shampoo 

Shower puff

Brush

Body wash or soap

Razor, fresh blades

Deodorant 

Face wash

Body and face moisturizers

Makeup

Makeup remover/wipes

Hair ties 

Blow dryer

Curling wand/straightener 

Nail polish and remover

Nail clippers and file

Reading glasses 

Sunglasses

Cotton balls or cotton pads

Tweezers

Tissues 

Paper towels 

Qtips

Antibacterial Hand wash 

Clorox wipes

Lysol Spray

Disinfecting Cleaner

Laundry detergent

Laundry bag

Shower caddy

Flipflops

Hand held Steamer

EmergenC

Vitamins

Advil and Tylenol

Aleve or Midol

Tampons/Femine products

Thermometer 

Disposable Face Masks

Hand Sanitizer

Cold and Flu medication 

Gatorade

Saltine Crackers

Ramen or soup

Bandaids

Antibiotic

Sunscreen

Snacks

Mini fridge 

Refillable water bottle

Planner

Computer

Desk organizer

Desk hutch

Notebook, pens, pencils 

Highlighters 

Folders 

Calculator 

Scissors

Stapler

Printer, paper, ink

Clock

Full length mirror

Desk lamp

Bed charging station

Music/Sonos speaker

Earbuds

Backpack 

Hand vac

Dorm key/car keys/ Lanyard

Pepper spray

Mattress bug cover 

Comfy mattress pad

Sheets (XL?)

Blanket

Comforter 

Pillows

Decorative pillows

Shower Towels

Wash cloth

Hand towel 

Clothes Hangers

Over door shoe organizer 

Wall decor

Bulletin board & white board

Push pins

Photos from home (and a way to display them)

Multiple outlet Power cord/surge protector 

Storage with drawers 

Rug

Makeup mirror for desk

Clothes: campus wear, inside dorm wear, sorority wear, spirit/game day wear, night wear, event wear, weather gear  

Shoes and socks for all the above occasions

Jewelry & organizer

Bulbs & Batteries for anything needed, ie, desk lamp, makeup mirror

Wastebasket/bags

Vaccinations needed prior and submit proof

Prescriptions

Insurance cards

Phone and tech chargers 

Weekend bag

Suitcase

Print any parking permits needed for move-in day

(Tool kit for moving in: command strip double sided tape, measuring tape, thumbnails hooks, hammer or screwdrivers)

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Sharon Caldwell Peddie is the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. For more information on her book visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com or https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1567376389&s=gateway&sr=8-1 or https://sharonpeddieblog.comhttps://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/

Anything contained in my blog that is written or shared by me is just my personal view. If you find inspiration in any of my content, please be responsible, safe and legal.