Fall In Love With Beets
beets freshly harvested from my garden last spring
The beet is an underappreciated wonder of the root vegetable world, passed over by shoppers in search for the common carrots and potatoes, and scorned by young children forced to eat them by hopeful, health-conscious parents. I know – I was one such beet-hating child, even though I willingly ate most any vegetable placed in front of me. After one bite of a canned beet, I grew up thinking that I hated beets, and steered clear until I was in my thirties.
It was then that I decided I would try again. Never having had a fresh beet, I opted to try them out. I roasted them for a beet and orange salad. Suddenly, I understood. It was as if I’d discovered some hidden treasure – a gorgeous, vibrant sweet beauty hidden underneath, just waiting to be coaxed out. These beets were sweet, earthy, and packed full of a luscious flavor unlike anything else.
Now, I adore beets and use them in all sorts of versatile ways. And why not? Beets are very nutritious – a great source of fiber, folate, and manganese, have anti-inflammatory properties, and provide great detoxification support. (For more about the health benefits of beets, check out The World’s Healthiest Foods.) I love knowing that something so gorgeous and vibrant can be so healthy.
Want to know what to make with beets? Try on any of these beet-ful recipes for size. They’re sure to turn anyone into a beet-lover for sure!
Do you like beets? What are your favorite dishes to make with beets?
Alta is the founder of the gluten-free, dairy-free blog, Tasty Eats At Home. Even without gluten and dairy, Alta can show you that meals can be simple and healthy, and treats such as cake, bread, and cookies can be mouth-watering! Her goal is to share with you delicious, gluten-free, dairy-free food that can bring your heart joy and nourish your body, one recipe at a time.