Monday, April 2, 2012

beet it

Did you know they are rich in dietary fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, and C? It's true. 

A few summers ago I was wandering the farmers market and saw a pile of purple and gold beets overflowing a little farmer's table. 
They were beeeeaaauuuutiful. 
I had to have them. 
I had never had beets before (unless you count the canned variety, which I always passed up thank you), and didn't really know what to do with them. 

So I prepared them like I would any vegetable I'm not sure what to do with...... I roasted them. 
Slice them up, toss in olive oil, salt and pepper, maybe a few herbs and roast them at around 400 or so until they are fork tender. 
They can be eaten straight off the pan, or tossed in to a salad.
And did you know you can eat the beet greens!? Yes.
Just saute' them in a little olive oil, or use them like you would any of your other greens.
Beet greens actually have more iron and calcium than eat up!

I wanted to branch out and try something different than roasted beets, and I had recently heard mention of beet chips.....
so here is my take. 

Lemon and Cracked Pepper Beet Chips
zest of 1/2 lemon
lemon olive oil (or regular if you don't have lemon)
coarse salt and cracked pepper

-remove beet tops (eat your greens!)
-peel beets (your hands will turn pink!)
-slice as thin as possible (maybe you have a mandolin slicer,
I used the slicey side of the cheese grater (actual term))
-toss in lemon olive oil and lemon zest (your hands will get pinker!)
-spread out on a parchment lined baking sheet (for 3 beets I used two baking sheets)
-sprinkle with salt and pepper
-bake at 350° for about 30 minutes. 
-make sure to CHECK your chips--the smaller ones may have to be taken out sooner--
don't let them burn. 
-remove when chips are crisp. 
Don't leave the room--they disapear too fast.
We ate 3 beets in about 3 minutes. 
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Beet juice can be used as a dye as well. 
Use it to color your Easter eggs this weekend. 
I've seen pasta cooked in beet water for pink pasta. 
Cute Vanessa used it for a homemade cheek stain

for more beet action use your easter eggs to make robby's pickled eggs or
this salad with goat cheese and avocado looks amazing.

How do YOU like beets?


cara lou said...

I LOOOOVE beets! (sometimes even the canned kind)

I remove the greens, scrub them good and then boil until fork tender. Rub the skin off, slice, dress with some olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. I can eat bunches of beets all by myself. So good warm or cold, alone or with goat cheese and salad.

kate said...

I love beet greens but I've never been a huge fan of actual beets (the texture gets me!) but I have to try these, I bet I'd love them.

So, I thought of some others things I want to ask you/want you to blog about. Can I still say them? I'm so demanding huh? :) I would love to hear your alternatives to basics. Bread(buy or make?), Cereal (do you eat it?), Yogurt... etc.

Maria said...

delicious! I rarelt buy beets, but you've inspired me!

Laura said...

Very awesome ideas. I'm in. I haven't tried roasting beets, but now that I think of it......that would be delicious!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Kimmie said...

We are very much a BEET loving family!! Every year I plant 2 large rows of beets...we usually just boil/steam them and serve them as a side dish along side grilled salmon. My kids just love eating them plain with just a little salt/pepper. Last year we topped many a salad with steamed beets as well.

I love that they keep through the winter and so this winter we made up Beet Borscht Soup a few times...WOW, was it ever yummy!! My kids were sad when our beets were all gone as they loved and wanted more of that soup! I'm excited for the weather to get warmer to get our garden beets, garden carrots spinach, Swiss Chard and squash are my FAVORITE things to plant and grow and I'm glad my family never tires of them!!

I can't wait to try making beet kids would think those are awesome (especially my oldest).

Kimmie said...

BTW...along the lines of eating the beet greens (which we love and always cook up), you can also eat RADISH TOPS and make them into a Radish Top Soup...It is SO good!

I found this out last year as we had SO many radishes and I hated to waste the beautiful green tops and so I did some searching and found a really yummy recipe to turn them into a healthy soup!! I know that you don't like to waste either and you do like to grow radishes, so I thought you may enjoy that helpful tip as well!!

Thanks for being so awesome and for all of the great tips, yummy recipes AND family fun you share with us! Have a great week!

A Beautiful Life said...

I love it! I've been making Kale chips for a few weeks so this will be great addition to my "veggie chip" recipes! OH, and I actually just started eating beets LAST WEEK, cuz i have high cholesterol (hereditary, dangit!) and my friend told me a natural way to lower it (without going vegan or taking meds like most dr's tell u to) is eating 1 fresh beet --cut up, shredded, etc-, an apple, and a carrot everyday. I'm hoping it helps, I'm all for natural, homeopathic solutions instead of medications that i ALWAYS get all the side effects too, ugh. THANKS for this, and i didn't know you could eat the greens too! :)


melissa said...

i like them best roasted, in soup, or in potato salads.

JeannineG said...

I will eat them any way at all, but my absolute favorite is to pickle them, then layer 3 slices with 2 thin slices of chevre, drizzle a bit of balsamic reduction over the top, and then sprinkle some chopped pistachio nuts over the stack. Very elegant and the play of texture is fantastic (but not for texture-phobes.) Trying the beet chips this weekend for sure! Gracias!

in dreams said...

mmm, beets are my favourite! ok, one of, since i have a lot of those. :) but i will definitely start eating the tops, now that i know how awesome they are! also, thanks for the cheek tint link - i'm very much for cheek/lip stains and tints, but i think makeup should be completely natural...this is on my to-do list for this weekend! said...

i LOVE beets I just hate how murderous I look after cutting them ha ha. But I am trying these beet chips for sure, I mean anything made into chip form always seems more appealing.

p.s love your new blog changes

Moments and Impressions said...

Can't wait to try these... do you mind if people pin your recipes. I pinned this but will delete it if you mind. I try to ask first but got too excited.

sheena said...

@nessa: of course! you are so nice to ask. I love when pins link back to my blog:)

Unknown said...

I have stared at them every time my Grandma gives me some from her garden and been afraid to try them until now. Thanks for the ideas! Although I think I'm going to be trying the Golden Beets first - not brave enough to deal with the red dye aspect yet!

Melissa said...

I love love love beets! The chips look fun...
Pickled eggs must be a guy thing, my husband makes some pretty rockin' pickled eggs every year at Easter!

Andrea said...

Your food and veggie pictures are amazing.... When are YOU going to do a cookbook?? I have loved every recipe I've tried of yours, and I am totally on the same page as you re: your commitment to eating good food and yet enjoying cake too. Love, love, love your blog - your writing style is terrific.

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Anonymous said...

What great recipes. Pinned the beet recipe awhile ago and was going to make it and happened to look up your soups. Wow.
I made the chips, the chicken chili verde soup and the black bean and Spanish rice soup all today. My family loves it!!! Thank you for sharing! I ended up making most of the chicken soup in a crock pot to free up stove space ;)