Where For Art Thou Spring?

I am in a bit of a funk today.  And it is all because of the Chicago weather.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love the city.  But when the average temps are in the 40*s in April, this girl just doesn’t feel like spring.  (Seriously, the temps here have been colder than LA in the dead of winter…)

Currently, I am at a complete loss of how to dress myself.  I keep looking at my spring wardrobe with desire.  Meanwhile, I have to grab a serious coat every time I walk outside.

Think I am exaggerating?  Tell me then, does Lukus’ getup look like spring?!  (This was taken on Saturday!!)  :::

So I am turning to you!  Tell me, how do you dress yourself when it doesn’t feel remotely like spring?  (If you want to send me a photo, I would love to feature you!  alexisATnorthonharperDOTcom)


P.S. Minor update— just saw the North East is now getting pummeled with snow… I promise, this post wasn’t meant to wish cold on anyone else!

Beautiful Beets

Beets are one of those divisive things.  Like politics.  No, but seriously, people seem to either love beets or hate them.  I am a proud lover.  And frankly, I tend to think that the people who claim to hate them have either never tried them or only eaten them out of the can.  Along with achieving world peace it is my goal to reintroduce people to beets.  And win them over, one palate at a time.

Okay, so maybe this is an exaggeration.  But seriously, beets are amazing.  And too often they don’t get enough love and support.  First off, they are insanely healthy- rich in vitamins & minerals, low calorie, they protect against heart disease and colon cancer and the entire vegetable can be eaten.  None of this matters, though- if they weren’t delicious.  Fortunately they are!

rainbow beets

Don’t believe me?  Check out some of these amazing recipes. Already a believer?  Share some of your favorites in the comment section!!

Beet, Citrus & Avocado Salad:  Alright, I admit it.  I live in Southern California and we add Avocado to EVERYTHING.  But rightfully so, because they are amazing.  But it is the beet that really shines in the salad of bright flavors.  Perfect to chase the winter blues away.

Golden Beets Soup with White Truffle Oil:  Typically when you think of a beet soup it is clunky, heavy Borscht.  And don’t get me wrong.  I love Borscht.  However, I want to remind people that beets can be elegant too!  With the soup consider using an immersion blender to get an extra silky texture.

Roasted Beets and Sautéed Beet Greens:  I love roasted beets because the flavor is really rustic.  I think it is a great way to introduce beets into your diet.  Best part?  It takes advantage of the whole beet- from the root to the stems- a great way to eliminate food waste!

Beet Chips:  Who doesn’t love chips?  These are baked, so no guilt!  Honest, simple beets.  This is an easy, healthy snack to serve- be it as a side to your sandwich or for a group on game day.  Use different types of beets for a beautiful colorful presentation.

Beet and Beet Green Risotto with Horseradish:  This is another dish where the whole beet is utilized.  I like it because it is a true vegetarian entrée. Beet is the star, but the horseradish gives it a nice kick.  It is a great balance between elegance and comfort.

Seasonal Salads

So you made a resolution to eat healthier this year.  Or at least you’ve decided to eat more veggies.  Great!  Of course the challenge is making veggie dishes that are just as hearty as they are healthy.  Suddenly this task seems daunting. Never Fear!  North On Harper is here with a gallery of fantastic winter salads.  These salads will fill you up while keeping your resolution in tact.  Also, because they are seasonal, the ingredients should be both accessible and affordable (in addition to being greener!).  So replace your standard meat & potatoes with one of these salads… your body will thank you!

Enough already!  You’re hungry.  Check out these salads and click on the image for recipe details:

A great use of winter citrus, the "Asian Spinach Salad with Orange and Avocado" is from Bon Appetit. Photo by Lisa Hubbard.

EatingWell's "Warm Winter Salad" is a complete meal even for the heartiest eater.

This "Cabbage Beet Coleslaw" originally shared on thekitchn.com is an unexpected but tasty dish. Photo by Faith Durand.

The "Warm White Bean and Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad" from Amy over at "Garlic and Sea Salt" is an unexpected answer to your average (boring!) salad. Rich with Sunchokes (aka Jerusalem Artichokes) and other roasted veggie there is nothing bland about it!

NotEatingOutInNY.com's "Tuscan Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Honey Mustard Vinaigrette" is a super simple, super cheap and super tasty. Great way to take advantage of the last of the pomegranates.