I’m sharing with you a collection of a few of my Favorite Beet Recipes which will be a delicious and nutritious addition to your menus.
The loved and sometimes not so loved beet first showed up in the history records around 800 BC, being mentioned in an Assyrian text as growing in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The beet was originally prized for its leaves, and not for its root and Romans described it as black and white in color. They tended to consume the beets for their medicinal properties, mainly as a laxative or to relieve fever.
In the early 19th century during the Napoleonic Wars, the British Navy prevented the importation of cane sugar to France. This forced them to improvise and the French citizens turned to beet sugar to sweeten their foods. Around 1830, North America farmers realized the sweet beet market potential, and by 1840, 5 percent of the world’s sugar came from beets and by 1880, that figure grew to 50 percent.
Throughout the colonial era, Americans relied heavily on the garden beet for survival during the winter months. The vegetable was considered an essential winter food.
Today beets are still grown as a sweetener but they are also a healthy super food. Some say drinking beet juice may help to lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. One study found that drinking one glass of beet juice lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 4-5 points. They are also known to help fight inflammation, protect internal organs, improve vascular risk factors, enhance performance.
The leafy greens are among the healthiest part of the plant. Besides containing important nutrients like protein, phosphorus, zinc, fiber, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese, beet greens also supply significant amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. Beet greens actually have even more iron than spinach.
Beets are easy to prepare, from roasting them in foil in the oven, to steaming or boiling. I have gathered some tantalizing favorite beet recipes that might help inspire you to serve beets at your next meal.
This beautiful salad was created by Half Baked Harvest. The beets in this salad are combined with pomegranates which give the salad a unique and beautiful combination to serve on your own table. Also the maple pecans add a little sweetness and the blue cheese adds serious deliciousness.
The Fresh Loaf has a recipe for sourdough beet bread that looks delicious. The bread has moist crumb texture, with a subtle beet taste, which would be great as a grilled cheese sandwich.
The Endless Meal has a scrumptious recipe for a salad with roasted beets, maple candied walnuts and goat cheese combined with kale. The dressing has a sweet maple flavor with a hint of apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard.
For a really unique way to use beets as an ingredient, try Amazingly Tasty’s Beet and Avocado Deviled Eggs. These will be the topic of conversation at your table because they are so beautiful and unique. No unhealthy mayonnaise in these deviled eggs, instead there are beets and avocados which help you serve a healthy meal to your family and friends.
I hope you enjoy trying some of these recipes. If you do, post a picture on my Facebook wall, I would love to see it.