Growing up I never really liked beets. I really had only ever seen them out of a jar usually in a salad bar. Never had a I seen them raw or with green tops. Apparently, that is still the case for most people living in the U.S. where most beets consumed are from a can and even when sold raw they are often sold without their tops. Only recently did I discover a love for beets and then a greater love for their green tops.
I have been reading a new book all about the history of vegetables and how to choose, store and cook the best ones for maximum nutrition. The book, Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson, is a wealth of information that I will share when I can. So, while I already loved beets, I found even more reasons that you should love them too. Beets are a rich source of boron, which is good for bones and apparently may be an aphrodisiac too. And beets, even without their greens (but, please eat the greens they are so good) are one of the healthiest vegetables. People who eat beets on a regular basis have a lower risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and more. Robinson also mentions that the nitrates in beets have been shown to enhance athletic performance, a glass of beet juice with Wheaties might be the true breakfast of champions.
Here I have curated 10 of my favorite ways to enjoy beets. Please join me in the new Beet Generation!!
While I do prefer fresh beets, if you are not ready to start with fresh, this recipe uses jarred borscht mixed with goat cheese. A great way to initiate beet newbies and to get your beets when fresh are not available.
This recipe I created last Summer and has literally become a regular staple in my house that my husband and I can not get enough of. This version also uses a jar of borscht, but it is even better with some fresh beets and sauteed beet greens mixed in as well. Last week I sliced the beets thin and roasted them with a bit of olive oil on 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, so they were like chips, that even got the kids to eat them.
If you can get your hands on both red and yellow beets you can really make a pretty meal. Instead of roast potatoes, try roasted beets on the side of your favorite chicken.
I have always loved this recipe from Jamie, the mix of colors just draws me in. This is also probably one of her most healthy recipes, between the wild rice, the carrots and the beets you will live a long life on this dish.
This simple roasted beets recipe is a classic. Mixed with goat cheese and pistachios with a little honey drizzled on top. If you don't want to go through the trouble of roasting and peeling, you can buy the beets that come in a package ready to go, they taste great are even kosher for Passover.
Carpaccio is usually a term reserved for meat, but it basically means that the food is shaved really thin. This beet carpaccio has a real elegant look and tastes amazing with the caramelized onions.
This is the dish that first got me cooking beets and beet greens together. I love the flavor of these beet pepperoni chips, you can use them on pizza, but mine don't usually even make it to the table.
Beets and oranges also pair very well together. Perfect for the season right now, this salad is a real wow type of dish.
For a little change you can always shred your beets, like in these beet and carrot latkes. You don't have to wait for Hanukkah to enjoy these treats.
You can also use the raw shredded beets in a salad. You will be surprised how good raw beets taste.
I hope you enjoy these recipes for beets, what is your favorite way to eat them?