Saturday, June 14, 2008

Eat Beets

An article about cooking beets, including delicious-sounding recipes:

Some excerpts:

"...beets along with prickly pears make up the only edible sources of the valuable family of pigments called betalains. Current research is discovering the ability of these pigments to act as powerful antioxidants, helping in the fight against the damage caused by free radicals. Beets also provide potassium, vitamins A and C, magnesium, riboflavin, iron, copper, calcium and zinc."

"If you purchase beets with the greens attached, it is best to cut them off as you as you get them home, and serve the greens within a few days. They are similar in flavor to Swiss chard and can be sautéed with garlic and olive oil. The beets themselves can be stored in the refrigerator loosely wrapped for a few weeks."


"Beets can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled, juiced or roasted, but no matter how you eat them, they are a delicious and healthy addition to your diet."
Added later: Who knew??? I rubbed the beets with a little olive oil, wrapped them in foil, and roasted them according to the directions in the article linked above. I tasted the beets plain so I could get a sense of the flavor.

Yum. Just....yum.

Delicious and easy. I peeled and sliced them, tossed them with a little salt and pepper, and Voila! Beets for dinner.

Now to convince the kids that they really hate beets so that I can have them all to myself.


Sara said...

Beets are super healthy. When I was pregnant and anemic, I was told to eat as many beets as I could. I usually juice them in my juicer with carrots and apples - a dark and tasty juice. I'm going to try this method you've got here - looks yummy.

Ginger Carlson, author said...

yet another convert..welcome to the beet-loving club!

Cristy said...

Eeeew, ew, ew, ew!!! Beets are nasty. Ew.