These delicious beet recipes are simple to make and will help you fall in love with this beautiful veggie. Bonus: tips and tricks for cooking with beets for best results!
I am not a beet lover. Or, at least I didn’t used to be. Beets are these red root vegetables that are full of nutrients and vitamins, but also a serious earth flavor that one either loves or dislikes.
For most of my life, I have been in the dislike camp when it came to beets. But since becoming a veggie-loading queen, I have learned that beets can be delicious when added to the right recipe! And they add a serious pop of natural color to your food that is all natural and all kinds of dazzling!
Veggie-loading is a trend that a lot of people are hoping on board with in an effort of eating more vegetables in a way that they love! And beets are 100% part of that movement.
Health benefits of beets
So why bother adding beets to your recipes? Are they really that great?
Yes, friends. Yes they are. Beets are plant powerhouses that add a stunning color to your food but also some serious nutrients!
By adding beetroot to a recipe you also add: (source)
- Folate (vitamin B9) (this is helpful for cell and tissue growth)
- Manganese. (an essential trace element)
- Potassium. (good for heart health)
- Iron. (an essential mineral that is necessary for the transport of oxygen in red blood cells)
- Vitamin C. (something all us can use more of in our lives)
How do I cook a beet for these recipes?
All of the above recipes call for cooked beets. Why? Beets have an earthy flavor that some people don’t love. Cooking beets helps to cut that flavor and enhance their natural sweetness….giving them a magical flavor.
There are lots of different ways to cook a beet. Some methods I have used are…
Time Saving Hack
Lots of grocery stores carry cooked beets in the refrigeration or freezer section! Unseasoned canned beets will also work too as long as you drain off their extra liquid. That way, you can make these beet recipes without having to do extra prep work.
Tips for cooking with beets
The color power of beets will vary from beet to beet AND depend a lot on how they are prepared. Some cooking methods (like roasting) help beets hold onto their natural colors while others draw the colorful juices out (like boiling). I find that the packed cooked beets tend to not hold as much red beet juice and don’t always create for a vibrant color.
If you want that powerful pink color, I highly suggest using roasted beets.
Best beet recipes
Have I sold you on veggie-loading with beets? Yay! I thought so!
Not sure where to start? Here are 10+ delicious beet recipes that won me over and they are sure to make a beet lover out of you too!