Very quick recipe today, leading up to Friday’s post!
2 months on the AIP diet, and we’re definitely finding our comfort zone for eating, especially with regards to cravings for the foods I can’t have, while letting things clear up.
Living here in Hamilton, Shawarma is everywhere. EVERY. WHERE. So, I’m constantly wanting something I can’t, which meant having to develop an AIP version. It went spectacularly well, has been in regular rotation here.
One part of traditional shawarma, is the pickled beets. Unfortunately, store bought pickled beets tend to be close, but not quite suitable for my current diet restrictions – the sugar, spices, and vinegar used, in particular.
Luckily, they’re all easily swapped out, and the few tweaks produce a great pickle that tastes just like it should. As a bonus: You can cook sliced turnips in the pickling liquid when you’re done, to make shawarma pickled turnips!
Slice the beets into sticks, whatever size you like. I like about 1/2" square, by the length of the beet. Set aside.
Combine remaining ingredients in a small saucepan, bring to a boil.
Add beets to the pot. Reduce heat, simmer for 15 minutes, or until desired texture is reached.
Remove from heat, allow to cool to room temperature before covering and chilling.
You can use raw or roasted beets for this.Raw will produce a fairly crunchy pickle, roasted will produce a more tender pickle. If you're feeling lazy, you can use raw and simply increase the cooking time, to produce a softer pickle without the roasting.
Marie is an award winning cake artist, cookbook author, and spandex costumer based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Known as much for her delicious and diverse flavor menu as for her sugar artistry, Marie's work has graced magazines and blogs around the world. Having baked and designed for brides, celebrities, and even Klingons, Marie was proud to share her wealth of baking knowledge in her two cookbooks: "The Spirited Baker" and “Evil Cake Overlord”. She followed those up with 4 other cookbooks: "Beyond Flour", "Beyond Flour 2", "Hedonistic Hops", and "More Than Poutine". She is currently working on her 7th - and final - cookbook, "Maize Craze".
Marie has also authored a book about her experiences surrounding the 2011 Minneapolis tornado: "Twisted: A Minneapolis Tornado Memoir", as well as 6 sewing manuals - the "Spandex Simplified" series.