Beet Recipes: Sweet and Savory
Trust us- our favorite and flavorful beet recipes cannot (and will not) be beat! It is unfortunate that in America beets invariably conjure up pointed remarks like, ummm, never mind! That’s why we’re so happy to prove to you that our beet recipes are both fool-proof and delicious! Vacuum-Packed Roasted Beets have become increasingly available, peeled, kosher for Passover, all natural, well priced, and fabulous. This is great news, as beets’ long cooking time often acts as a deterrent. With this option, you will be encouraged to use them more often, as I do: in salads, smoothies, soups and desserts.
Why are beets such a kitchen staple? Well, just take a look at a few of their impressive nutrition facts! Beets primarily assist in promoting healthy benefits for the cardiovascular system. According to Nutrition and You, “Certain unique pigment antioxidants in this root and its top greens have been found to offer protection against coronary artery disease and stroke, lower cholesterol levels within the body, and have anti-aging effects.” Additionally, Livestrong.com informs us that beets are high in folate (a B vitamin) and manganese. Low in fat and calories, beets are the amazing and richly colored superfood that we love to incorporate into as many recipes as possible. Keep reading to discover our favorite beet salad, main-course, side dishes, dessert, and dip recipes!
Swiss chard and beets are a wonderful match, as the briny kick of the Swiss chard set off the sweetness of the beets so nicely. A deceptively simple, and unpretentious but delicious little salad you might get as attached to as I am. I often use it in a larger dish, part of a main course rice bowl.
Autumn Beet Salad with all the Fixin’s
Everyone celebrates autumn (okay, winter) in the way that makes them most happy, cozy and comfortable. Since we are huge salad eaters at home, our seasonal celebrations most often gravitate around the food that best express the seasons. So salads are a great showcase! Beets, red apple, red grapefruit, red cabbage? With a fruity cranberry dressing and a drizzle of pomegranate molasses? Mmmmmm…..
The peppery arugala is a worthwhile match for the bittersweet grapefruit and sweet fennel and beets. And the wonderful raspberry dressing brings all salad friends together. This makes for a stunning plate!
With pickled beets you will eat your beets more often! With this recipe, your pickled beets will be ready to eat in just a couple hours, but their flavor will intensify with time.
Let me tell you: Chocolate Beet Cake (gluten-free friendly) is amazing! I am always looking for ways to sneak beets into fun and new recipes, as in this chocolate beet cake, where they do their magic even while they totally escape detection: the result is this dense, moist and deliciously funky cake.
Wait till you see how simple hummus is, and how many hats it wears! There are so many exciting hummus variations you can make throwing in small leftover portions of some interesting ingredients. It is super healthy, so enjoy!
My borscht is as quick as it is hearty. It is a real sweet-and-sour match triumph. I call my borscht quick for good reason: No one had any intention of spending half the day making the classic high-maintenance beef-based original on a regular basis. I just love the idea of a great vegetarian borscht, good with any meal and in all seasons.
Vegetarian burgers are quite versatile! You will love to see how elastic my recipe is and how many variations you will get from it. Anything you will make at home with real and good ingredients will be vastly superior than all the insipid convenience foods you will come across.