The first time I found a recipe that included beets as an ingredient, I realized that I had no idea how to prepare them. Thankfully Google provides the answer to virtually every question I have so eventually I was able to figure things out. ;)
I’ve tried cooking them a few different ways but now that I have a preferred method to turn to, I thought I would share it with you!
First, I preheat the oven to 400 degrees and remove the stems and greens from the beets. Then I grab my handy, dandy dish gloves and scrub the beets thoroughly under warm water.
Next, I dry them with a paper towel and place them on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil. Then I drizzle (fo’ shizzle) olive oil on to them and rub them in the oil to make sure they are completely coated.
Lastly, I fold the edges of the tinfoil in so that the beets are completely covered.
Then I pop them in the oven and cook for about an hour. The larger the beets are, the longer they need to cook, so I usually use a 45 to 60 minute window depending on their size.
Once they are done, let them cool on the counter for a while. Then after they have cooled, I leave them in the foil and place them in the refrigerator on a plate or in Tupperware. Then a few days later when I need a quick side item or addition to a salad, I take them out and put my dish gloves back on.
After that, I take them out of the foil and rub the skins off while holding them over the sink.
Once the skin is off, I rinse them and place them on a cutting board, then I scrape the skins out of the sink and eat them.
Haha…just kidding. Gross!
Once they’re all clean and shiny, I slice them on the cutting board while still wearing my dish gloves. The beets will stain your hands so keep them on the whole time!
After I slice and dice them, I place them in a bowl with a little bit of salt & pepper and olive oil and microwave them for about a minute. Then they are ready to go as a yummy side!
Tonight for dinner, I had my beets along side my favorite prepared veggie burger. Trust me, I have tried a lot of veggie burgers in my day. These are hands down, the best!
No Bull Burgers are full of whole ingredients, easy to prepare, and taste amazing. And most importantly, the texture is perfect. To make them I heat them on the stove top in a tablespoon of olive oil and top with a slice of cheese (I used colby jack here).
I like to serve them along side sauteed rainbow chard and a mixture of baby carrots with sliced grape tomatoes.
BAM! A satisfying meal filled with vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats!
There are many articles out there on why beets are such a great addition to your diet, but I narrowed it down to one I found on WebMD that includes a yummy recipe for a salad with beets. In case you’re curious: http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/theres-no-beating-the-beet
Lastly, I want to share a very cute video with you all that is sure to tug at your heart strings a little.
P.S. Is anyone watching American Idol this year? I loved the girl at the end of the show last night with her little girl and husband who was recently in an accident. Ugh, tears came for sure when I saw that one. She has a beautiful voice!
Have any of you picked a favorite contestant on Idol?