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I am overjoyed to write about something I love...beets! Beets show up on my table for enjoyment almost everyday and I am a true beet lover!
And my favorite way (and also the best way) of cooking beets is to roast them.
So allow me to spend a little time here raving about why we should eat wonderful and amazing beets!
Why Should We Eat Beets?
What's so great about beets? Well, let's start with the health benefits of beets.
Health Benefits of Beets
I have sourced this information from an article by Healthline called: "Everything To Know About the Health Benefits of Beets."
Beets may be considered a superfood because they have a very high nutritional density. Beetroot is rich in vitamins and minerals, including folate, and is low in calories.
Studies also show that this healthy root vegetable could help to lower our blood pressure, and therefore may reduce our risk of strokes and heart disease.
Furthermore, if you are seeking to have better athletic performance and endurance, I've got good news for you! Studies show that consuming beets may help improve these!
For more details and further information on the health benefits of beets, please read the article I linked to above.
Beets Are Delicious!
Another reason to eat beets is that quite simply, they are delicious! Beets have a slightly sweet taste as well as some earthy notes to them. Some people might actually say that "earthy" means they taste like dirt 😅.
If you think beets taste like dirt, no worries! You can just add them to your salad and drown them in dressing. But seriously, there are many ways to dress up beets. You can even use them to make beet hummus!
Why Cook Beets By Oven Roasting Them?
It's considered that eating raw beets is the best way to get the most nutrients out of them.
However, if you would like to cook them, roasting beets whole in the oven rather than boiling them is the next best way to enjoy as many nutrients from your beets as you can.
Roasting beetroot is also the easiest way to cook them! All you need is your oven, some beets, and aluminum foil!
The only ingredient you will need for this beets recipe is fresh beets.
Now, you can most likely find both beets with beet greens and raw beets without the greens at your grocery store.
Furthermore, you may be lucky enough to find both red beets and golden beets. If you do find both colors, I recommend buying and roasting both red and golden as the color combination is especially beautiful.
We will use large beets for our roasted beet recipe. Please select beets approximately ½ pound in weight (this weight only includes the root and not the greens).
The size of the beets that you select is important because it does have an impact on the cooking time. Small beets will cook faster than larger beets.
So here's your step-by-step guide to making roasted beetroot!
Preheat your oven to 400F.
If you have purchased beets with greens, use a sharp knife to remove the greens as we will only roast the beet root.
Rinse and pat dry the beets using paper towels.
Wrap each beet individually in aluminum foil. Place the wrapped beets on a cookie sheet or large baking sheet, and roast beets for approximately 1 hr and 15 minutes.
It's best to place the foil wrapped beets on top of a cookie sheet because sometimes beet juice leaks out and if you don't have something to catch it you will have a big mess to clean up in your oven!
After 1 hr 15 minutes, remove the beets from the oven. Check to see if they are cooked properly by inserting a fork into one of the beets.
Be careful opening the foil packet as it's HOT! If the beet is fork tender, then they are finished cooking. If not, place them back in the oven for 10 minute intervals until they are cooked through.
Allow the beets to cool while still wrapped in foil. Once cool, you can peel the beets if you desire. The peel should come right off using your hands. If some of the peel is not easily removed, you can use a knife to cut off these areas.
You may want to wear gloves to avoid your hands getting beet stained. 😊
Suggestions For Serving
Enjoy your beets chopped or sliced and added into salads. They also make a wonderful and simple side dish when sliced, seasoned with salt and black pepper, and drizzled with a bit of olive oil and/or balsamic vinegar.
Try them in this Beautiful Roasted Beets and Spinach Salad or include them in your favorite beet recipes.
I typically peel the skin off of beets before consuming them, however it's perfectly fine to eat the skin if you would like to!
Roasting beets is better than boiling them because you can retain more nutrients using this method.
It's best to rinse and wash your beets before you cook them. Be sure to remove and dirt and debris from beets prior to roasting them.
Some Other Recipes You May Enjoy!
Here are some other recipes you may enjoy:
- Roasted Carrots With Berbere Spice
- Roasted Broccoli With Parmesan
- The BEST Indian Spiced Roasted Cauliflower
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How To Roast Whole Beets In The Oven
- cookie sheet or baking tray
- 3 beets select beets approximately ½ lb in weight
- Preheat your oven to 400F. Rinse and pat dry the beets.
- Wrap each beet individually in foil. Place the wrapped beets on a cookie sheet or oven proof container, and roast for approximately 1 hr and 15 minutes.
- After 1 hr 15 minutes, remove the beets from the oven. Check to see if they are cooked properly by inserting a fork into one of the beets. Be careful opening the foil packet as it's HOT! If the beet is fork tender, then they are finished cooking. If not, place them back in the oven for 10 minute intervals until they are cooked through.
- Allow the beets to cool while still wrapped in foil. Once cool, you can peel the beets if you desire. The peel should come right off using your hands. If some of the peel is not easily removed, you can use a knife to cut off these areas.
- Enjoy your delicious and healthy beets!