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Kids Cook Monday: Roasted Beets

Updated on April 7, 2012
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Beets are amazingly sweet, yet low in calories and provide significant amounts of folate, vitamin C, and potassium.

Roasting beets is an easy task to do in the kitchen with children and it provides them with the knowledge of how to prepare fresh vegetables.

Buying Beets

The best time to buy beets is when they are fresh and in season at your local farmers market or CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm in early summer, but they are available year round at most supermarkets. Beets with their green tops still attached are guaranteed to be the freshest.

Be sure to select a bunch of beets with vibrant green leaves and not ones that appear weathered or wilted. The root of the beet should be smooth and firm. I like to use both red beets and golden beets to give the dish a nice variety in color.

Photos: How to Roast Beets

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Using kitchen scissors, cut the stems of the beets. Tip: don't cut too close to the beet or the color will bleed.Wash beets thoroughly under cool running water.Place beets on a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil.Drizzle beets with a bit of olive oil & sprinkle some additional water on top, so they don't dry out while roasting. Wrap the aluminum foil around the beets and place in an oven preheated to 450°Remove from the oven after about an hour or when you can easily stick a fork through it.Allow beets to fully cool before attempting to handle. The skin of the beet will peel off very easily by pinching it off of the vegetable.Peeling beets is an easy task for children to help with in the kitchen.Peeling beets is a messy, but fun chore. If you don't want to get your hands dirty, you can also use paper towels or a small paring knife.Peeled beets ready to serve!
Using kitchen scissors, cut the stems of the beets. Tip: don't cut too close to the beet or the color will bleed.
Using kitchen scissors, cut the stems of the beets. Tip: don't cut too close to the beet or the color will bleed. | Source
Wash beets thoroughly under cool running water.
Wash beets thoroughly under cool running water. | Source
Place beets on a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil.
Place beets on a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil. | Source
Drizzle beets with a bit of olive oil & sprinkle some additional water on top, so they don't dry out while roasting.
Drizzle beets with a bit of olive oil & sprinkle some additional water on top, so they don't dry out while roasting. | Source
Wrap the aluminum foil around the beets and place in an oven preheated to 450°
Wrap the aluminum foil around the beets and place in an oven preheated to 450° | Source
Remove from the oven after about an hour or when you can easily stick a fork through it.
Remove from the oven after about an hour or when you can easily stick a fork through it. | Source
Allow beets to fully cool before attempting to handle. The skin of the beet will peel off very easily by pinching it off of the vegetable.
Allow beets to fully cool before attempting to handle. The skin of the beet will peel off very easily by pinching it off of the vegetable. | Source
Peeling beets is an easy task for children to help with in the kitchen.
Peeling beets is an easy task for children to help with in the kitchen. | Source
Peeling beets is a messy, but fun chore. If you don't want to get your hands dirty, you can also use paper towels or a small paring knife.
Peeling beets is a messy, but fun chore. If you don't want to get your hands dirty, you can also use paper towels or a small paring knife. | Source
Peeled beets ready to serve!
Peeled beets ready to serve! | Source

Directions for Roasting Beets

  1. Using kitchen scissors, cut the stems of the beets.
    Tip: Don't cut too close to the beet or the color will bleed.
  2. Wash beets thoroughly under cool running water.
  3. Place beets on a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil.
  4. Drizzle beets with a bit of olive oil & sprinkle some additional water on top, so they don't dry out while roasting.
  5. Wrap the aluminum foil around the beets and place in an oven preheated to 450°.
  6. Remove from the oven after about an hour or when you can easily stick a fork through each beet.
    Tip: Larger beets may take longer and smaller beets may require less time, it is good to start checking them after about 45 minutes.

Peeling Beets

Beets are very, very hot once removed from the oven. Allow beets to fully cool before you or your child handle them for peeling. Once beets are cool, the skin will peel off very easily, so roll up your sleeves, grab a beet, and slowly pinch the skin off of the root vegetable.

Peeling beets is a messy, but fun chore. If you don't want to get your hands dirty, you can also use paper towels or a small paring knife

Serving Beets

Beets can be used as a side dish, or sliced on top of a bed of salad greens (add some goat cheese & walnuts, yum!), they also make a great dish to bring to a holiday gathering or to share at a potluck.

Photos: Cooking Beet Greens

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Break greens away from the stem (stems make great compost!)Heat a little olive oil & add some minced garlic to wok or large pan on stove top over medium heat.Add beet greens to pan.Saute over medium heat until cooked down, but still vibrant in color.Sauteed beet greens ready to eat or use in your favorite recipes!
Break greens away from the stem (stems make great compost!)
Break greens away from the stem (stems make great compost!) | Source
Heat a little olive oil & add some minced garlic to wok or large pan on stove top over medium heat.
Heat a little olive oil & add some minced garlic to wok or large pan on stove top over medium heat. | Source
Add beet greens to pan.
Add beet greens to pan. | Source
Saute over medium heat until cooked down, but still vibrant in color.
Saute over medium heat until cooked down, but still vibrant in color. | Source
Sauteed beet greens ready to eat or use in your favorite recipes!
Sauteed beet greens ready to eat or use in your favorite recipes! | Source

How to Cook Beet Greens

You can use the tops of beets the same way you would spinach, kale, or swiss chard. Like many leafy greens, they are high in vitamin C, calcium, and iron.

  1. Break greens away from the stem (stems make great compost!)
  2. Wash thoroughly
  3. Heat a little olive oil & add some minced garlic to wok or large pan on stove top over medium heat.
  4. Add beet greens
  5. Saute over medium heat until cooked down, but still vibrant in color
  6. Serve as a side dish or use in your favorite recipes as a substitute for leafy greens

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Roast beets are totally delicious. We sometimes make ours along with potatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrots for a colorful side dish.

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      veggie-mom 5 years ago

      Hi Brainy Bunny, I couldn't agree more! Roasted root vegetables make an excellent side dish, especially this time of year when it's still cool outside.

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      Juan Carlos 5 years ago from Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

      Love your hubs, will start to cook with my kid for sure once he's a little older

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      veggie-mom 5 years ago

      Thank you, guatemalancook, cooking with kids is a lot of fun, I'm sure you will discover that soon enough because they all grow so quickly!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Oh my goodness those beets look soooo healthy and vibrant with beautiful colors! Your son is so cute! I've only used beets in salad and soups, but never thought about roasting them. It's on my to-do list! :-)

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