With the arrival of Autumn we are blessed with cooler weather, beautiful changing leaves and a harvest of fabulous root vegetables in abundance. I love turnips, parsnips, carrots and….beets. Red beets are typically seen on tables this time of year however, golden beets have quickly become a favorite of mine.
As a child, I remember my mom serving pickled red beets. You know those…. sugar loaded, super sweet pickled beets that everyone served right out of the jar? I loved them. This was my only experience with any type of beet until I started on this clean eating journey. I was determined to add as much variety to my diet as possible and beets were one of the many new foods that I experimented with.
My favorite way to enjoy beets is to roast them in the oven. They become so tender and sweet and there is no need what-so-ever to add refined sugar, they melt in your mouth all by themselves. Golden beets taste pretty much the same as red beets with only a slightly milder earthy note and minus all the red juice that stains everything it touches.
Beets are super nutritious. Here are a few health benefits of both golden and red beets:
- Beets are high in many vitamins and minerals. Potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorous, iron; Vitamins A, B & C, Beta-carotene, Beta-cyanine; Folic acid.
- Beets cleanse the body. They are a tonic for the liver and purifies the blood. They can also help prevent many forms of cancer.
- Beets help your mental health. They contain tryptophan which relaxes the mind and creates a sense of well-being, similar to chocolate.
- They can also help lower blood pressure which in turn help will prevent against heart attacks and stroke.
- Beets are a high source of energy. Low in calories and fat and high in natural sugars. (The kind that is absorbed into your system slowly unlike refined sugars.)
My favorite way to enjoy beets is to add them to a salad with dark greens. Recently I made a Panini with red beets, arugula, pickled red onions and goat cheese on gluten free bread. It was so delicious. I like to roast 6-8 beets, red and golden, let them cool and slice them. I place them in an air tight container and store in the fridge so that I can quickly and easily add to them to salads, sandwiches or just enjoy them all by themselves as a side dish. If you like pickled beets… you may enjoy my recipe for pickled golden beets.
This salad combination is super quick and easy and the flavors truly compliment each other. I hesitate to even call it a recipe; It is simply a salad that I enjoy on a regular basis during the fall months. It’s no more difficult than layering a few items on a salad plate. I drizzle a dab of my red wine vinaigrette to the top for the perfect lunch time salad. This salad would be delicious as a side for your Thanksgiving dinner this year.
If you are not a beet lover I hope you’ll reconsider and try some roasted beets soon…red or golden it does not matter. You will love them, I’m sure of it. Enjoy!
|Roasted Beet Salad with Pecans and Goat Cheese|| |
- 1 container of spring greens or any dark greens
- 3-4 roasted beets. A combination of red and golden
- ¼ of a small red onion, sliced very thin
- ¼ - ½ cup of chopped pecans
- ¼ cup of goat cheese crumbles
- A drizzle of red wine vinaigrette. (Click the link for recipe or... use your favorite pre-made all natural red wine vinaigrette)
- Wash the beets and trim the ends.
- Wrap each beet in a piece of foil and place into a shallow roasting pan.
- Place the roasting pan in a 425 degree oven for approximately 40-50 minutes or until you can pierce the beets with a fork.
- Remove beets from the oven and remove foil from beets and allow to cool completely.
- Using a paper towel, simply wipe skins from beets. The skins will come off very easily.
- Slice the beets and set aside, keeping the golden and red beets separate.
- Arrange dark spring greens on 4 salad plates
- Artfully place beets on top of the greens
- Add preferred amount of red onion slices to each plate and sprinkle pecans and goat cheese over the beets and greens.
- Drizzle red wine vinaigrette dressing over top.
- Serve immediately as an entrée salad or a side salad.
***Information on the health benefits of beets was found at http://www.fullcircle.com/goodfoodlife/2012/05/10/6-health-benefits-of-eating-beets/