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Fresh beets, two vegetables in one!

Updated on November 11, 2012

Fresh Beets

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 4 servings

Two vegetables in one

Sprinkle some feta or gorgonzola cheese or if vegan skip that step.
Sprinkle some feta or gorgonzola cheese or if vegan skip that step. | Source
See 2 veggie dishes in one vegetable. Now thats a food bargain!
See 2 veggie dishes in one vegetable. Now thats a food bargain! | Source
Beets all scrubbed up with their tops cut off.
Beets all scrubbed up with their tops cut off. | Source
Yellow beets? Yes, just as yummy as the ruby red!
Yellow beets? Yes, just as yummy as the ruby red! | Source
Cut off ends
Cut off ends | Source
Peel
Peel | Source
Chop into uniform sizes
Chop into uniform sizes | Source
Nestled and ready to bake
Nestled and ready to bake | Source
Thyme, olive oil, salt and pepper
Thyme, olive oil, salt and pepper | Source
Cover and bake!
Cover and bake! | Source
Oh, don't they look delicious?
Oh, don't they look delicious? | Source
Drizzle with your best balsamic.
Drizzle with your best balsamic. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch beets, green tops removed and washed, beets scrubbed and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-3 teaspoons dried thyme, or fresh if you have it
  • 1 tablespoon feta, or if you are vegan, leave it off
  • drizzle balsamic vinegar, use your best;,its worth it!
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Cut the greens away from the beets and wash both thoroughly. The green tops can be very gritty, so wash them with extra care.
  2. The green tops can be prepared just like kale or my Swiss Chard blog. I used them for this meal but you can also store in the fridge for a few days. saving them for another meal.
  3. Cut both ends off of the beets, then peel the skin. Next, cut the beets into cubes, one inch square, and pour them all in a lined baking dish. The lining just makes cleanup a snap.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and then sprinkle with 3 to 4 teaspoons of Thyme. Salt and pepper to taste. I then put it in my little toaster oven on 375 degree's. It can take anywhere from 50 to 70 minutes to bake.
  5. Test with a fork after 50 minutes. If still hard bake another 20 minutes until fork tender.
  6. You can eat them hot but I like to let them cool and drizzle in a nice balsamic vinegar. Lastly, I sprinkle it with feta cheese. If you are vegan, just leave off the cheese.

Easy beets

Recently, I attended a graduation party and ironically, in two different conversations, beets were the subject. Of course both people knew I wrote a food blog and wanted tips on what to do with fresh beets.

I just love beets! They are so earthy and delicious. I am always looking to eat the rainbow of colorful foods and beets fit that bill. When choosing your beets make sure the tops are fresh, perky and green. The grocer I frequent keeps them attached so you can tell your beets are super fresh.

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    • MindbodyandFood4u profile imageAUTHOR

      MindbodyandFood4u 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      They are amazing fresh! Maybe you will get lucky and find them at an outdoor market. I visited your site and read your travel blog about Cardiff. My husband and I have been all over the U.K. but not Cardiff. Our favorite local pub employs a very good bartender from Cardiff. Maybe its a sign we need to go! Thanks for your awesome comment! They are yummy!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 

      6 years ago from Cardiff

      I hav enever eaten fresh beets, they aren't very common in the UK, these look yummy though!

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