Find the original recipe here: DeliciouslyElla.com
Yes, I know. The words “warm beet juice” don’t immediately spring to mind when you’re thinking ‘How do I get my child to eat more vegetables?’. I originally made this for myself, but surprisingly, this got a tentative thumbs up from my nine-year old daughter, especially when I repeated Ella’s comment that it tastes something like Ribena. Well, maybe a bit of a stretch, but it is sweeter than your average juice and the colour alone might tempt in even the most reticent of fussy eaters.
Here’s what mine looked like…
- Time: About 20 minutes
- Cost of ingredients: £
- Faff-factor: 1/5 in terms of easy instructions; 4/5 for peeling the beetroot (prepare for bright pink hands!)
- Special equipment: A juicer. Ella recommends the Sage Nutri Juicer, which is pricey. I would never recommend something so expensive if I didn’t think it was worth it – if you make, rather than buy, a lot of juice and if you’re trying to boost your 5-a-day and cut down on food waste, then it’s a sound investment.
- How did the kids rate it: 6/10
So, an easy recipe and and very straightforward if you have a good juicer. The only faff is, as mentioned above, peeling the beetroot; the kitchen ending up looking quite grisly in a crime-scene kind of way. In other words, protect any fabrics or surfaces you don’t want stained bright pink. The key thing here is not to over-heat the juice when it’s in the pan. A gentle heat for a couple of minutes to warm it through is enough.
Tip: The recipe says it serves two, but as I’ve found with all Deliciously Ella recipes, double it. This makes at least 4 large glasses – so before you warm this up, stick any you don’t think you’re going to drink in one go in the fridge.
* Beetroot: Around £1.70 for a bunch
* Carrots: 50p
* Apples: £1.00
TOTAL: £3.20 for 4 large servings.