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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Easy Roasted Beets In The Oven

Check out an easy way to cook beets

 My husband and I love beets. This is a vegetable that I buy regularly when I am at the store. Beets are such nutritious food and I love the color. The red beets bake into a delicious purple color. Did you know that beets can be used as a natural dye? When Easter rolls around this year boil some beets in a pot of water and make sure to save the purple water to dye the Easter eggs. While my husband loves the taste of beets, he is not a fan of the purple color as it can also change your "number two" to purple. So if you want your kids to eat beets just tell them that the beets will give them purple poop.

Beets are a natural food dye

 If you are not a fan of the staining that happens from the red beets, you can buy golden beets. Golden beets taste very similar to the red beets and cook the same way. There are many ways that you can cook beets. You can roast them in the oven, boil them, cook them in the slow cooker, or even roast them in the pressure cooker. My favorite way to cook beets is in the pressure cooker but I will also oven roast them if I am roasting other veggies like my Rainbow Brussels Sprouts.

To peel or not to peel

There is no need to peel the beets when you roast them in the oven. The secret is to wrap the whole beets in foil and the steam then makes it so easy to remove the peels after they bake. All you have to do is scrub the beets and cut off the ends. Then wrap the beets tightly with foil, making sure to pinch the foil at the top of the beet so the beet juices do not escape. I like to also place the beets on a baking sheet just in case the beets fall over so I do not have a mess to clean up on the bottom of my oven.

 If you want the beets to have a crispy outside, then you can cut the beets into pieces after they cook. Then toss the beet pieces in a small amount of oil and bake them for a bit longer. I like to make my beets this way when I am making my roasted beet salad but when I make my beet hummus then I don't bake them again for the crispy texture. You really need to check out my beet hummus recipe as it tastes just like the beet hummus from Lantana.

Beets are so Healthy

Beets are loaded with awesome nutrition and are great for many vegetarian recipes. I love eating my beets with just a bit of salt and I love that they are plant-based. Even if you do not eat meatless meals, you can still enjoy beets. I am glad that beets are allowed on my dairy-free diet. Ever since I discovered my dairy allergy, I have been making more meals at home as it is hard to find places that serve vegan meals that are also soy-free. So many restaurants are serving gluten-free options but there are not many dairy-free options.

Easy Roasted Beets 

2-4 large raw fresh red or gold beets

Directions  Oven 450
 Wash and scrub the beets with a vegetable brush. Cut off both ends on the beets. Wrap the beets in foil, making sure to seal the foil well to prevent leaks from the beet juice. I like to make the foil point upward. Place the beets on a cooking sheet and roast in the oven for an hour or until a fork is able to pierce the beet. Let the beets cool. Then unwrap the foil. Run the beets under cold water to peel off the skin. By running the beets underwater, your hands are less likely to turn purple. You can also wear gloves to avoid staining your hands purple. If your hands do turn purple, it washes off with soap.

For beets with a crispy texture, you can cut the whole beets into pieces and toss the beets in a bit of oil. Then roast them in the oven for an additional 10-20 minutes.

 Do you have a pressure cooker?

Check out a quicker way to cook fresh beets in a pressure cooker. The pressure cooker cooks the beets so much faster and easier.



Cristina Petrini said...

It is always useful to know how to cook, in a short time, the turnips ... but I hate them xD

Joan said...

Now this is how I love eating my beets. Perfectly roasted and delicious.

AiringMyLaundry said...

I really should start eating beets more often. I haven't had one in ages and I do like them. I might have to roast some too with dinner.

Sarah Bailey said...

This sounds like such a quite and simple way to do something different with beets! I am going to have to try them.

Alexandra Cook said...

Roasting veg gives such a beautiful flavour, and this is no exception when it comes to beets! Delicious :) I am seeing a lovely salad with roasted beetroot on the weekend I think! :)

Raising Your Pets Naturally with Tonya Wilhelm said...

Wow. I never thought about cooking beets like this. I'm so glad you shared your recipe. That humus looks so good too.

Patricia said...

I’m a hugely fan of beets but haven’t tried this like roasting it myself! Now I’m curious to try

Laurie Gannon said...

I absolutely LOVE beets but have never made them myself. Maybe I need to add that to my list of food and wine goals for this year?

Is that a pressure cooker that you have in the photo or is that an Instant Pot?

The Super Mom Life said...

Why have I never tried to roast a beet before? I usually just buy them pickled (delicious).

Adrianas Best Recipes said...

I love beets and better when roasted as they develop a very nice flavor. I also enjoy them pickled, make them very often. And raw too go nice with lime juice.

latte lindsay said...

I love beets but my husband hates them! I would definitely still try these out for my lunch, I think even the kids would eat them :)

Joanna said...

I do love beets, especially when they are roasted or pickled. I add them in salads usually. The only bad part is the mess they make.

Monidipa said...

Beets are good but I don't like them. However the recipe looks great.

Unknown said...

I love beets but I've never cooked them myself. This recipe looks quick and easy, maybe I'll give it a try!

Rachel said...

I haven't had beets or even tried to cook them. I think they would add a nice variety to roasted veggies.

Patricia said...

Roasting veg gives such a beautiful flavour, and this is no exception when it comes to beets! Delicious :) I am seeing a lovely salad with roasted beetroot on the weekend I think! :)

Amara said...

My husband is not really a big fan of beets, so i never get to prepare them at home. But i love the way you've prepared it here, makes it look very appetising.

Mary said...

I love beets, but my little boy hate them. I will try with roasted beets this time.
Btw I have a similar pressure pot and I love it.


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