Source: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook
The liver is the body's primary detoxification organ where toxic substances are broken down and eliminated. Liver foods are a great way to help your body process the many toxins in our lives- beets are top of the list! According to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, beets aid in clearing a congested liver. This also makes sense from a Western standpoint since studies show that beets help the liver generate glutathione an important antioxidant.
3 to 4 beets, peeled and cubed
1 bunch kale, rinsed and chopped
1 cup raw walnuts, lightly roasted
½ cup organic feta cheese, optional
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons finely chopped basil
1 teaspoon wheat free tamari or ¼ teaspoon salt.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the cubed beets into a steamer basket. Steam for about 15-20 minutes or until tender, place into a bowl to cool. Place chopped kale into the steamer basket and steam for 5 to 10 minutes until tender but still bright green. Place into bowl with beets. Place walnuts into a small glass baking dish and roast in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes- watch carefully so they don’t burn. Let cool completely. Place into the bowl with the beets and kale. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing. Pour over beets, kale, and walnuts, and toss. Top with feta cheese and freshly ground pepper if desired.