Easy Roasted Red Beets and Other Ideas

 Roasted beets with carrots and onions

Roasted beets with carrots and onions

Editorial note: We will endeavor to refrain from using all of our favorite "beets" puns in this article.  This will take a concerted effort.

Think you don't like beets?  Don't give up on them just yet.  Maybe you just haven't found your favorite way to prepare them.  These antioxidant-rich beauties are too loaded with nutrients to not learn to love.

Beets can be especially delicious when roasted in the oven.  You can roast them whole and wrapped in foil, or dice them into small pieces.  Beets pair well with herbs like thyme and rosemary, and, if you're a garlic lover, throw in some garlic for a rich flavor.  They also pair beautifully with other root vegetables like carrots.

While there is some flexibility on the temperature at which to cook your beets (Farmer Josh likes to roast his at 450 or 475) and how to flavor them, here's an easy recipe you can start with and adjust to suit your palate:

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • 10-12 beets (fewer if they're large)
  • 3 tablespoons of quality olive oil or coconut oil
  • Baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Salt (I recommend Celtic or pink Himalayan) to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of fresh thyme and/or rosemary

WHAT TO DO:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Cut beets into half-inch pieces
  • Toss in  oil and place on baking sheet
  • Add salt to taste
  • Sprinkle with herbs
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until beets are tender, turning at least once

OTHER FAVORITE WAYS TO PREPARE BEETS:

GET GRILLIN' 

Cooking out? Another delicious way to cook beets is to throw them on the grill.  Farmer Josh likes to grill them until tender, then remove the skins and toss with grass-fed butter or coconut oil and season to taste.  We highly recommend trying this at your next cook-out!

AMAZING BEET SALAD

There's a beet salad on the menu at Taverna in Dallas that is to die for!  Figuratively, of course.  This appetizer is outfitted with roasted beets, goat cheese, spinach, mâche and a honey champagne dressing.  We're getting hungry just thinking about it.

Disclaimer: If you try this at home and it turns out to be amazing, we will expect an invitation to your next dinner party.

ROOT PARTY

Beets are root vegetables which inherently pair exceptionally well with other root vegetables for a delicious root veggies party.  Try mixing cooked beats with carrots or sweet potatoes for a nutritious medley.

TOSS THEM ON A PIZZA

Slice those babies thin and throw them aboard the pizza train!  We suggest topping with goat cheese or feta.

BEETS AND...CHOCOLATE?!

Ya heard right.  You can peruse the internet and find a multitude of unique ways to work beets into chocolaty dessert recipes, especially chocolate cakes.  So, if you love chocolate and want a unique way to work beets into your diet,  have fun scavenging the world wide web for beets and chocolate recipes. [Insert Debbie Downer reminder that it's probably best not to have too many sugary treats in your diet.]

DON'T FORGET THE TOPS

If you're not eating beet tops, you should be.  The big green leaves atop the root are edible and delicious in a salad medley.

However you decide to lay down those funky beets, just make sure you find a way to enjoy these culinary delicacies, because eating something with this much nutritional value really beets missing out on the health benefits. 

At least we made it to the end before slipping in the puns...