You just purchased a great lookin' bunch of beets from your local market. Now what? If you are excited to start a relationship with the beet, the quirky root vegetable that stained its way into your heart, but wonder how to prepare it, you are not alone.
Before I started a passionate love affair with the beet, we were hardly friends. Although I grew up eating diverse fruits and vegetables, the odd-looking beetroot was definitely not one of my go-to foods. When I became older and started studying nutrition, the beet's extraordinary diversity and superhero health benefits fascinated me, but it still took determination figuring out what to do with the bunches of red, golden or candy-cane striped beets from the farmers' market and family farm. One day, I decided to metaphorically dip my toe into Lake Beetopia. It was magical! I dove headfirst into my beet friendship by boldly adding beets to smoothies and juicing beets with ginger, apple, and lemon. The surprising discovery that beets can be used as tasty desserts evoked a deeper affection for the unique beetroot; however, I found true love for the beet in its most basic, humble, and beautiful form: raw.
Did you know that in some parts of Australia, McDonalds serves pickled beets on its hamburgers? Yes! The vegetable often associated with face-puckering pickling is making bold appearances on restaurant menus, at juice bars, and at the dinner table. More people are recognizing the diversity of beets in recipes while simultaneously applauding the beet's magnificent health benefits. Beetroots and beet greens are extremely nutritious, providing minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and Vitamins A, C, K, and B9 (folate). The beet is definitely a folate rock star! Studies also show that drinking just 500ml of beetroot juice a day can significantly reduce high blood pressure. Now that is a reason to eat more beets!
15 Delicious Ways to Eat Beets
2. Steam beets and dice into cubes to serve with a dash of salt, lemon, and butter.
4. Crunch on a beet chip snack flavored with chili, dill, garlic, sea salt, rosemary, cinnamon, and other seasonings.
5. Juice beets with other fruits and veggies.
7. Boil beetroots with curry and other vegetables (serve with rice or naan)
8. Add beet greens to your diet by sauteing or flash boiling, to make a side dish, similar to collards or Swiss Chard
9. Roast beets in olive oil (craft olive oils, such as oregano, truffle, etc. are even better!), lemon, fresh herbs, and garlic
10. Use beet greens and beetroots in smoothies or raw in salads
11. Create beet soup, such as Borscht, serve with sour cream
13. Design Beet and Black Bean Burgers with cooked and/or raw beets
14. Use the vibrant color of red beets as a D-I-Y Natural Red Dye for frosting and other desserts
15. Quick-Pickle beets and beet stems: add to salads and tacos
There are numerous creative ways to enjoy the delicious and nutritious beet! Do YOU have a favorite way to eat beets? Comment below. I would love to hear from you.
Photo(s) Credit: Sauteed Beet Greens by Bless Her Heart/Chioggia Beet Salad by Susan Russo/Beet Pancakes by Sprout and Pea/All other photos by Just Beet It
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