Roasted Beet & Watermelon Goat Cheese Crostini

Beet & Watermelon Goat Cheese Crostini

I was spending some serious time flipping through Cooking Light magazines for a blog project I did last month and I stumbled across this beet and watermelon goat cheese crostini recipe that is too yummy not to share with you all. Just to clarify–this post isn’t sponsored, I just need you to have these in your life. 🙂

These are great for summer parties. Easy to make, delicious, and a convenient snack you can eat with your hands. I’m going to make a big batch the next time my book club meets. The watermelon is just so, so perfect with the goat cheese and beet flavors.

Beet & Watermelon Goat Cheese Crostini

Original recipe from Cooking Light can be found HERE. My version below is just ever-so-slightly modified to include a natural sweetener instead of sugar and a different preparation of the beet.

Beet & Watermelon Goat Cheese Crostini

Beet & Watermelon Goat Cheese Crostini

Yield: 12-16

Beet & Watermelon Goat Cheese Crostini

Ingredients

  • 1 beet (I used golden), chopped
  • 2/3 cup watermelon, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 oz goat cheese
  • 1 French bread baguette, sliced diagonally
  • Extra virgin olive oil to drizzle
  • 2 tbsp chives, chopped

Instructions

  1. Cook the beet. You can microwave, but this is how I do it if I'm not pressed for time: Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Drizzle the beet with olive oil and wrap in tin foil. Place in the oven for 45 minutes (the time will be longer for large beets, but a small-medium sized one should be good in 45). Let cool for 10 minutes and while still warm, remove the skin. I run the beet under cold water as I rub the skin off with my hands so that the kitchen doesn't end up looking like a crime scene.
  2. Toss together the beet, watermelon, onion, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper.
  3. Toast the bread and spread goat cheese on each slice. Top with the beet-watermelon mixture. Top that with a drizzle of olive oil and some chopped chives.
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Hope you’re all having a great weekend! I’m going to see Paul McCartney at Fenway tonight–so excited!! Anyone local readers going to be at the show?

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What I Ate: Terra’s Kitchen (+Reader Discount)

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Before we get to today’s mouth-watering post, just a heads up that I’ve updated yesterday’s workout to include a follow-along video. Check it out on YouTube–and subscribe to my channel while you’re there! 😉

Ok, food.

I really enjoy using healthy food delivery services from time to time for several reasons:

  • Convenience. You can’t beat having ingredients delivered to your door in the exact portion size needed to create a meal. Especially during my recent move, this was so clutch because I couldn’t have excess food hanging around the kitchen.
  • Variety. If you’re like me, most dinners end up being a rotation of a handful of go-to dishes. Nothing wrong with that, but delivery services are a fun way to shake up your meals for a week and eat something you normally wouldn’t.
  • Education. Weird word choice, but just go with it. I love learning new cooking techniques and flavor combinations and have found myself incorporating aspects of delivery service dishes into my own culinary creations at home.

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A couple weeks ago, I got to try a service that was new to me, Terra’s Kitchen. I L-O-V-E-D it. 100% will be ordering from them again on my own dime. You can choose your delivery size (three meals for two people, four meals for two people or two meals for four people) and then select the dishes you want from a fairly extensive menu. You can specify if you only want vegetarian-friendly meals, but what I really like about TK is that even the meat dishes are packed with plant foods. Everything on the menu looked seriously delicious and I actually had a difficult time only selecting four! Here’s what I went with in the end:

Roasted Brown Sugar Salmon with Orange Jicama Salad

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This was delicious, but what impressed me the most was how quickly it took to prepare. In under 20 minutes I had the finished meal–that is so awesome and practical for busy week days. YASSS!

Sweet Potato Tacos

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Sweet potatoes, avocado and pico de gallo … be still my heart.

Blackened Tilapia Tacos with Mango Blueberry Salsa

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Because one taco recipe just wasn’t enough. These were awesome but I barely got to eat any because Joe INHALED them haha.

Terra Buddha Bowl

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I adore roasted chickpeas so I knew this one would be a winner before the first bite. I seriously could have eaten the entire pan of chickpeas and onions right out of the oven without even assembling the bowl.

What I Loved

  • The food. Everything was so good. Real food, simple ingredients, tons of plants packing a nutritional punch. Their menu is seasonal and I will absolutely be ordering from them again.
  • The (lack of) time it took to prepare. Usually when a recipe gives a prep/cook time estimate, I add on a solid 15 minutes to it in my head. Terra’s Kitchen meals actually took me 30 minutes or less to prepare. So practical for busy days!
  • The vessel. The package Terra’s Kitchen meal delivery comes in is eco-friendly and climate controlled–and so unique. It’s like a mini refrigerator with sliding tray shelves. The best part about it is that after you unload your food from it, you just leave it on your doorstep to be picked up the next day. You don’t have to worry about disposing of it or finding a return center; it couldn’t be easier.

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Standing Core Workout

Standing Core Workout - this 20-minute workout will challenge your core stability with standing ab exercises

I’m using a medicine ball for today’s workout, but you could use a dumbbell or other weighted object if you don’t have one. I’m calling this a core workout, but your arms and legs will be feeling it as well–especially if you use a heavier weight. There are two bodyweight exercises thrown into the circuit purposely to give your arms a little breather in the event upper body fatigue is hindering the core work.

While I wouldn’t say this workout is “easy” (the first two sets especially are tough!), I’d consider it easier than some of the other core workouts I’ve shared. It’s a good one if you’re a beginner (just chose a light med ball or even just bodyweight) or have mobility impairments preventing you from comfortably getting down to the floor for crunches and other supine ab exercises.

20-Minute Standing Core Workout


Equipment I Used:

  • Medicine ball (I shot the workout with a 6-lb med ball because it’s all I have at home but would have liked to challenge myself with a 10-lb–next time!)

The structure of this workout is a time pyramid. Each time you go through the circuit you’ll stay on the exercises for less time. Here’s the breakdown:

60 seconds each exercise
60 seconds rest
45 seconds each exercise
45 seconds rest
30 seconds each exercise
30 seconds rest
15 seconds each exercise

Try not to rest in between exercises. Only rest as specified above (after a full set). In total, this workout will take you 20 minutes to complete. The goal is to complete as many reps of the exercise as possible in the specified time interval. That being said, never sacrifice proper form for the sake of speed!

As with all workouts, make sure to warm up beforehand. Always listen to your body and modify when needed.

Standing Core Workout - this 20-minute workout will challenge your core stability with standing ab exercises (follow-along video included!)

Marching Front Chop | Start standing with arms straight, med ball held overhead. Keeping your arms straight, you’re going to chop the ball down in front of you as you lift one knee up towards it (as if you were going to spike the ball off your knee). Raise the ball back overhead as you lower the foot back to the floor and repeat on the other side.

Crossbody Woodchop RIGHT | You want a wide stance for this one with both feet pointing forward. With the lower body, I want you to think side lunge; with the upper body think of tracing a diagonal line with the medicine ball.. Start with the legs straight, med ball held in straight arms up and overhead to the left (you want your torso twisted so that you’re facing the left side of the room). Keeping the arms straight, chop the med ball down towards your right foot as you bend into the right knee (remember, think side lunge) and twist to face the right side of the floor. Reverse the movement back to the starting position.

Crossbody Woodchop LEFT

Standing Bicycle Crunch | Start standing with feet a little wider than hip’s width apart, chest open, fingertips behind the ears and elbows out wide. From this starting position, you’re going to crunch the right elbow down and across your body to touch the opposite knee, which you’ll bend and lift up towards it, squeezing your low abs. Don’t worry if you can’t make physical contact between the knee and elbow; focus on pulling your core in tight and just get them as close as possible. Return to starting position and repeat to the other side.

Torso Twist to Front Chop in Lunge RIGHT | Start in a lunge position with your right foot forward; ball of the left foot planted behind you. Feet should be hip’s width apart (you’re not walking on a tight rope–you want a stable base!). If joint mobility allows, you want to find a 90-degree bend with the front knee. Hold the med ball at chest height, arms straight in front of you. Keeping the arms straight, twist towards the right side of the room so that the ball twists over the front leg. Twist back to center and then chop the ball down towards your back knee, crunching through the core to lower it. Rise back to starting position and repeat.

Torso Twist to Front Chop in Lunge LEFT

Sumo Squat Obliques Crunches | You’ll be in a wide sumo squat position the entire time with the lower body. You want a wide squat stance with your toes pointing outward; knees track in line with the toes. Chest open, have your fingertips lightly behind your head or hovering by the ears, elbows bent out wide to the side. From here, dip your right elbow towards your right knee, contracting the right side obliques. Lift upright and over to the left. As you crunch down side to side, think of staying in a single plane of motion; don’t lean forward as you dip to the side. So picture your torso is sandwiched between two walls, one against your back and one against your chest. Stay between the walls.

Side note: Every time I do this exercise I can’t help singing “I’m a little teapot short and stout…” in my head. Please tell me someone else’s mind goes to that when doing side bend motions?? 🙂

Standing Core Workout - this 20-minute workout will challenge your core stability with standing ab exercises

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It is such a game changer living in a space that’s well lit enough to shoot videos!! I’m sad I’m only here for the summer but plan on taking full advantage of that conveniently placed concrete wall next to the windows. Let’s see how many workouts I can shoot before August 31st… 😉

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