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Beat away your aversion for beets with these recipes...

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

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. emoticon

Thomas Keller’s Red Beet Ice Cream

Velvety Beet and Cocoa Cake


Beet & Goat Cheese Gnocchi


Roasted Vegetable Galette with Olives

Beet and Potato Roesti

Roasted Beet Salad With Walnuts And Goat Cheese


Roasted Beets

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

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LIVINHEALTHY9 10/3/2013 9:14PM

    I love beets!
Thanks for recipes.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/3/2013 6:36PM

    Great blog! I have cancer and someone suggested I read this blog because I'm really into eating healthy. I juice beets, but really don't care for them otherwise. I've actually bookmarked your blog to I can check out the recipes. Most of them look like they have other ingredients that I want to avoid, but they are interesting in terms of ideas. Thanks for posting it.

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IMEMINE1 10/3/2013 2:58PM

    Thank you for the info. My husband loves beets. I needed to get the roasting times down. emoticon

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DEFIANTVEGAN 10/3/2013 1:49PM

    Yummm I just been eating more of them because of there healing properties.

Mendocino Farms here in L.A. has a few salads that are Vegan that I like buying.

the one with beats is made with apple, beets, quinoa, cranberries, almonds with a certain dressing that I'm not sure of but it's delicious.


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WISLNDR 10/3/2013 4:52AM

    Oh, I'm trying to love beets (really, truly!) but I am happy to see that I'm not the only one who thinks they taste like dirt!! emoticon

That being said, I bought some beets recently and made an excellent salad with apples. I added some apple cider vinegar, olive oil and a tiny bit of organic honey and let it all marinate for a while. So good!!

Now I'm planning on buying more beets at the Farmer's Market on Saturday; sometimes love comes slowly!

Thanks for sharing some great recipe ideas!!

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WEDDWT 10/2/2013 10:19PM

    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."
Wow! Just a 1/4 cup? I could do that easy. I love beets, they are so sweet. Don't know why DH says they taste like dirt (okay, no remarks about my cooking now...)

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    interesting. I had no idea that you could do so much with beets. Thanks for sharing. I pray that you are well my friend. emoticon

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DS9KIE 10/2/2013 4:32PM

    yummy beet recipes

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L*I*T*A* 10/2/2013 2:59PM

    love love beets....................
will be trying most of these.....
great share.......

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WILLOW49 10/2/2013 12:18PM

    Betts are a favorite of mine! Will have to give some of these recipes a try :)

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    I have to try the Roasted Garlic and Beet Pasta 1st. I have been trying to get used to the taste of whole wheat pasta with no luck. I know whole grains are better for you and I think this beet garlic sauce will really mask the flavor.

I think I can get my kids to eat beets and whole wheat pasta without them even knowing. My 2 girls will love the pink color. emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 10/2/2013 10:51AM

    I've never been a fan of beets, but wow this looks amazing! I might have to give them a try again.

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NEW-CAZ 10/2/2013 10:39AM

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