Turn the Beet Around

Does your concept of beets revolve around something that comes out of a can, stains your teeth pink, and caused you to run away from the dinner table as a kid? In my family, we still laugh about the funny childhood memory of me stuffing whole baby beets in my cheeks and grinning a pink grin. I loved the sweetness then and have since graduated to buying fresh beets to cook in a number of delicious ways.

Beets can be cooked in many delicious recipesFor those who are still leery of this beautiful low-calorie root vegetable, here are 5 tips for selecting and cooking beets:

  1. Choose round, firm beets that are 2-3″ in diameter and that still have the tops/greens attached. Larger beets are older, tougher, and take longer to cook.
  2. Beet greens may be chopped and cooked as you would any other green and pack a nutrient-rich punch to any meal.
  3. Store beets and greens in separate plastic bags in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  4. Wear latex gloves when cutting beets so your hands don’t get stained. There is no need to peel beets, however you can if you want to.
  5. The best cooking methods are steaming, pressure cooking, and roasting.

Easy Beet Recipes

  1. Classic Russian Borscht Soup
  2. Beet Salad with Goat Cheese, Green Apple, and Honey
  3. Farfalle with Golden Beets, Beet Greens, and Pine Nuts
  4. Pickled Beets
  5. Spice-Crusted Roast Salmon with Ginger Beets
  6. Chocolate-y Beet Brownies

Beets are available year-round, though best from June-October. Whether you purchase gold beets, red beets, or amazing bi-color beets, your body will get a nice dose of Vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and folate from them. Beets also have great anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Give beets another chance to debut in your dinner. You’ll be(et) pleasantly surprised at this new world of veggie wonder!