Winter Wellness Recipe

Farmers market visits get a little bleak this time of year. It’s cold, it’s often wet and all but the diehard vendors have taken a winter break. Every once and a while, a regular shopper is rewarded with some tender baby lettuce from a greenhouse, but the vegetable options tend to be beets, carrots, kale, cabbage, squash and leeks. I enjoy roasted vegetables more than the average person, but even I get a little bored. 

I recently resurrected a recipe that a friend passed along to me years ago. I still remember our picnic dinner in Gasworks Park and she brought this amazingly flavorful dish of sautéed beets. I was shocked to find the prep to be so simple and easy for such an impressive end result. I’ve since played around with it and added carrots to the mix. It’s my son’s favorite thing to help me make. We get out our mini Cuisinart, set it up with the grater insert and he “drills” the vegetables. As in, “Mama, can we drill vegetables tonight?” He snacks on raw carrots and beets while we work, which makes me extra happy. It takes less than half an hour from start to finish and adds incredible flavor and color to our meal. Plus it makes great leftovers!

Shredded + Sautéed Winter Vegetables Recipe: 


  • 3-4 large beets
  • 3-4 large carrots
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 lemon
  • Olive oil or butter for pan


  • Peel the beets and carrots. Either hand grate them, or cut them into pieces that fit a food processing chute and machine grate. 
  • Heat a large pan with butter or olive oil (enough to coat the bottom). Add the shredded beets and carrots, then the water and cover with a  lid. Let the veggies sweat for 5-7 minutes. Juice the lemon and then add lemon juice and uncover pan. Sauté another 5 minutes, stirring pan occasionally.  
  • Serve as a side dish to a main course, or add to a grain bowl.


Rebekah Papé is a writer, yoga teacher, wellness consultant and The Riveter member. She teaches breath, meditation and yoga asana on Fridays at 11:30 a.m. and noon at Capitol Hill and meets with clients one-on-one to create lifestyle wellness plans based on Ayurvedic health. 


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