Eat Your Beets!
I grew up eating lots of beets and fortunately I married a man who loved them as much as I did. What we loved, though, were pickled beets right out of the jar. Mine came from the grocery store, but Joe’s were pickled and preserved by his mother. Needless to say, I learned how to pickle my own!
Later in life, I learned to love warm Harvard Beets, and even later, Joe and I grew to love roasted beets with just a little salt and pepper and fresh herbs.
I recently bought some pretty golden beets at our fresh produce market. You can boil beets, but I wrap them in foil and bake them. When I make lots of them to pickle or freeze, I use my regular oven, but for the few I made this time, I used my countertop Nuwave. Four big beets took about 45 minutes. (When you work with red beets, it is smart to protect your countertop, cutting boards and your hands! Wear rubber gloves!)
Beets are a wonderful source of magnesium and iron. Iron is good for our blood, so we need to eat lots of beets. Unlike red beets, golden beets are delicious eaten raw. Thinly sliced, shredded, or spiralized … all make beautiful additions to salads.
Beets are vintage! There is no doubt about that. We know that the Egyptians grew beets, primarily for the greet tops. In the 1500s, Italians and Germans cultivated beets and began using the actual root. In the early 1800s, it was realized that beets were a source of sugar. Sugar beets competed against sugar cane and sugar cane won! There are still many places where sugar is made from beets and Russia leads that production.
The recipe I’m sharing today is so simple, but you won’t believe how flavorful it is! Plan to serve it as a side dish with a pot roast Sunday dinner! Actually, it is good topping a lettuce salad … and as a side dish with most anything! I like to include warm beets on mixed salads, too. A salad of mixed greens with roasted beets, grilled chicken, pecans and feta cheese (or bleu cheese) makes a tasty salad. Use the vinaigrette recipe I’m sharing today!
Pomegranate Molasses Vinaigrette
Whisk together 4 Tablespoons of Pomegranate molasses with 3 Tablespoons of balsamic glaze, a Tablespoon of Dijon mustard and 2 Tablespoons of honey. Drizzle in ½ cup of olive oil. That’s it! I purchase Pomegranate molasses online, and balsamic glaze is available in most supermarkets.
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