Sunday, August 9, 2009

Ode to a beet

Beet porn!

Simple sautee with beets, zucchini, green onions, and beet greens.

Wee beets! From Gloucester charming road-stand

Contrary to some kid complex, that same one that abhors spinach and other leafy healthy things, beets are the best thing ever. Contrary to popular belief, bears do NOT beat beets.

1. They are a beautiful magenta, joyfully staining your hands and everything else they touch
2. They are sweet and earthy and perfect in texture
3. They have greens good as chard

Some wonderful ways to prepare beets:

I definitely would cook them, either boil or wrap in aluminum foil and bake around 400 for 25 minutes, or until soft (for both methods). Then, peel off the skin and make a nice warm beet salad with goat cheese, nuts, and grapefruit or chill and make a lovely cold salad, or sautee with more fresh vegetables, the greens, and vinegar, or just be impatient and make your hands and face purple with delight!

The moral: go buy some beets and be well!

Some incentive:

"Remember all those legendary Russian centenarians? Beets, frequently consumed either pickled or in borscht, the traditional Russian soup, may be one reason behind their long and healthy lives. These colorful root vegetables contain powerful nutrient compounds that help protect against heart disease, birth defects and certain cancers, especially colon cancer."

Read more about how awesome they are.


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