I know, I know not everyone likes beets…but you gotta try my Roasted Balsamic Beets recipe. Beet fans will love the sweet and tangy taste of this simple recipe and those who aren’t too keen on this vegetable might just change their minds! It’s the time of year when beets are in abundance in all the stores but I got mine at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market.
Beets are high in many vitamins and minerals like Potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron, vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene, betacyanins and folic acid. Beets cleanse the body, are a wonderful tonic for the liver, work as a purifier for the blood, and can even help prevent various forms of cancer. Beets also help your mental health because they contain betaine, the same substance that is used in certain treatments of depression. But most important…Shh! Beets are nature’s Viagra! Seriously. One of the first known uses of beets was by the ancient Romans who used them medicinally as an aphrodisiac. With that in mind, I’m cooking beets every week while in season! LOL!
Happy Monday and don’t forget to set your goals for the week!
Ali in the Valley
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Roasted Balsamic Beets...
Healthy and Tasty Roasted Balsamic Beets
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Author: Alison Ball
4 medium red beets
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt & pepper
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
Garnish with goat cheese crumbles optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Wash and peel the beets. Slice each beet in quarters lengthwise, and then slice each quarter into three chunks. Line a baking sheet with foil, and place the beets on top. Drizzle with the olive oil and vinegar, and then add salt and pepper. Gently stir to coat the beets. Cover with more foil and roll the edges of the two layers to create a pouch for the beets. Cook for 20 minutes.
Remove the beets from the oven, and raise the temperature to 400 degrees. Take off the top layer of foil (watch out for steam!), and stir to mix the juices.
Return to the oven and continue to cook for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve warm or cold, or add to a salad.