I just roasted another batch of beets to have on hand for salads, dips, baby food, etc. I think beets are becoming more popular. I see them more and more on restaurant menus, which makes me happy! Not only are they a very versatile root vegetable which can be used in so many different dishes but they are actually little nutrition powerhouses too. Beets are a great source of fiber, folate, and potassium and their bright red/ purple colour lends to their antioxidant potential as well. I actually just read today that because of the nitrate content of beets, eating cooked beets “acutely improves running performance”. Pretty neat, huh? (Check out the article here.) All from this one little veg that I once mistook for a mouse on the kitchen floor!!
- Beets (I used local organic beets, 2 lbs)
- Olive oil, enough to coat beets
- 2-3 heads of garlic (optional)*
* roasting garlic with the beets gives them a whole different flavour. I mostly do this if I plan to use my beets for salads, not if I want to use them in my smoothies 😉
- Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with foil.
- Rinse and scrub beets. Cut off leaves and root. If using garlic, peel and discard the papery outer layers of the whole garlic bulb, leaving intact the skins of the individual cloves of garlic. Using a sharp knife, cut 1/4 to a 1/2 inch from the top of cloves, exposing the individual cloves of garlic.
- Place beets, and garlic (exposed side up) on lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil to coat.
- Cover and seal with tin foil. Roast 45 minutes.
- Let cool and then peel skin off beets.
- Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.**
** I use a vacuum sealer and store 3-4 beets per bag so that I don’t have to use them all at once and simply take them out as I need them.
P.S. I’ve bought pre-cooked and vacuum sealed beets (Love Beets) before and they were great but, roasting your own is way cheaper…plus you can support local growers by doing so!
I look forward to trying some new recipes out to use up my beets. What are your favourite beet recipes?? Share in the comments if you have one 😊