Food

Just Beet It!

Welcome to 2015! The start of a new year is a great time to try some fruits or vegetables that you haven’t had before. After reading some research about beets and their effect on endurance exercise, I decided to give them a go. One study in particular found that participants doing a 5k treadmill trial had a lower rate of perceived exertion throughout the run – sounds good to me! My mom and I have a trail race in a new place coming up, and I figure introducing beets into my diet before the trip can’t hurt.

I bought a bunch of beets at the grocery store and was overwhelmed with the amount of greens atop this root vegetable. So much foliage! After a little chat with my friend who works in the produce department (he dismissed beets as “disgusting”) I decided to cook up the beets AND greens, and promised to let him know how they would turn out…pressure’s on.

Roasted Beets with Sautéed Greens & Onions

  • Beets (the bunch I bought had 3 medium/large)
  • Olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Wash the beets and cut off the roots/greens. Place on a cookie sheet lined with a large sheet of aluminum foil. Drizzle the beets with olive oil, then fold in the sides of the foil and pinch the sides to create a pouch. Roast the beets in the oven for about 45 minutes (they should be fork tender). Remove from the oven and let cool. After the beets have cooled, use a pairing knife (or your hands) to remove the peel. It comes off very easily, but I may try peeling the beets before roasting next time because this step got messy!

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For the greens:

  • Beet greens
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced

Wash and trim the beet greens. In a large skillet over medium-low heat, add the olive oil and minced garlic. Add the red onion and sauté until the onions cook and become tender. After a few minutes, add the beet greens to the skillet and cover. Let the greens cook for about 3-5 minutes, or until wilted, stirring occasionally.

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Roasted Beets with Sautéed Greens and Onions: Tara Tested, Tara Approved! I served the beets on top of the greens and onions with some crumbled feta cheese, salt, and pepper. YUM! I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’ve heard mixed reviews about beets, but I thought this dish was rather tasty. To me, the beet greens tasted a lot like sautéed spinach, and the feta cheese paired nicely with the beets! I’m eager to add beets to a regular green salad or maybe serve them up with some roasted sweet potato. What new foods have you tried so far in this new year?!

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The study mentioned above “Whole Beetroot Consumption Acutely Improves Running Performance” was published in the April 2012 issue of Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

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One thought on “Just Beet It!

  1. Excellent! Thanks for sharing! I have juiced two new things in the new year so far: cilantro and dandelion greens. I look forward to continuing to try new things and seeing what you come up with! Happy new year!

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