As we roll into 2013, we will all be looking for simple, healthy recipes with minimal ingredients. For simple recipes, beets make an incredibly versatile ingredient, and can make healthful eating even more delicious. Beets can be made into soups like Borscht, eaten raw, boiled or juiced. But my favorite way to prepare beets is perhaps the most simple: roasting them in the oven!
Beets can be found year-round, but spring and fall are good times to see them at the farmers market. I typically use a variety of beets to add color to the table. Simply wash your beets well, cut off the tops (the greens are very good quickly sautéed in olive oil), drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in a 400 degree over for about 40 minutes.
Remove the beets from the oven and allow them to cool until you can handle them. I like to use a rubber glove to peel the warm beets to avoid getting the dye all over my hands.
The beets can then be sliced, tossed with additional olive oil or butter, warmed and served. This will add a colorful healthy dish to your table in the new year!