Beets can be eaten raw or juiced; or you can boil, steam roast or sauté them. Beets add many nutrients, vitamins and minerals to your diet such as potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene, beta-cyanine; folic acid. They are a great tonic for the liver, works as a purifier for the blood, and can prevent various forms of cancer.
"The rich red color of beets actually comes from the cancer-fighting antioxidant betalain. Betalains starve tumors and hinder cell division. Researchers have shown that adding a quarter cup of beets, about 3 or 4 beet slices, to your daily diet can reduce your kidney cancer risk."
Try some of these recipes to add beets into your loved one;s diet. Some you can even trick them into eating without them even knowing.
Thomas Keller’s Red Beet Ice Cream
Velvety Beet and Cocoa Cake
HEART BEET COOKIES
Beet & Goat Cheese Gnocchi
Roasted Vegetable Galette with Olives
Beet and Potato Roesti
Roasted Beet Salad With Walnuts And Goat Cheese
4 medium red or yellow beets
Place rack in middle of oven and preheat oven to 375° F.
Rinse beets and trim off the leafy tops (reserve for a recipe using beet greens).
Wrap each beet loosely in aluminum foil and place in the oven. Roast until tender and easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife, about 1 hour.
Remove from the oven and take off foil. Set aside to cool.
When cool enough to handle, slice off leaf end. Push skin off using thumbs. If skin doesn't easily strip away, the beets probably need more time in the oven. Try another 10 minutes.
When peeled, slice beets into desired sized pieces, sprinkle with salt and pepper and/or a simple dressing. Beets are delicious on their own, or with nuts, orange segments or goat cheese.
Roasted Beet and Garlic Pasta