We’ve all heard about beet-inspired juices and salads, but it’s time to think outside the square and explore some creative beet recipes. There are numerous ways to exploit this wonder vegetable’s wide-ranging health benefits. Whether baked, blended, sweetened or pickled, beets are an incredibly versatile and functional food. Such is their resourcefulness that we are taking a culinary voyage to discover the unique ways they can be enjoyed. When it comes to creative beet eats, here are a few recipes you can’t go without.
Beets are great in dips, giving them a vivid color and rich consistency, not too mention a much lower calorie count. Convert them into hummus by blending 10 oz of cooked beetroot with a can of chickpeas, a couple of crushed garlic cloves, a generous squeeze of lemon and about 2 tbsp of good olive oil. Adding a 1/4 cup of tahini will also add character. Dip-inspired beet recipes can also easily take the form of tzatziki, whereby a few dollops of non-dairy yogurt are blended with pureed beets, grated cucumber, a clove of garlic and sea salt. Delectable!
While we’re on the topic of snacks, these crispy beet chips make for a quick and healthy bite. Using a sharp knife or mandoline, slice the beets as thinly as possible, sprinkle on a pinch of sea salt and drizzle lightly with olive oil. You can infuse more flavor by adding a herb such as rosemary, too. Toss to coat evenly, arrange into a single layer on a baking sheet and plane in a oven preheated to 300 degrees F for about 30 minutes, turing a couple of times with tongs or a spatula.
Skip the tomato juice and make your own vegetable smoothie as the basis of this delicious Bloody Mary recipe, in which beets are the hero, of course. Blend beets, celery, bell peppers and tomato together. Add the usual array of Bloody Mary must-haves such as horseradish, pepper, lemon juice and an optional dash of hot sauce. Give the mixture a good stir and, ideally, let it sit overnight in the fridge to allow all the flavors to fuse. When ready to serve, garnish with a celery stick, a couple of large green olives and a lemon wedge, and pour over ice.
When it comes to soup-based beet recipes, Borsht grabs the spotlight. But that will all change once the world discovers this beet and coconut milk concoction, complete with stunning looks but even better taste. It starts with sautéing onion, garlic and ginger with four beets cut into ¼ inch pieces and three cups vegetable stock. Once that boils, reduce the heat to a gentle simmer for an additional 20-30 minutes, partially covered,until the beets are tender. Let cool a little and then puree the soup. Add a 14-ounce can of coconut milk, salt and pepper, plus more vegetable stock to desired thickness. Garnish with parsley, and voilà!
There are plenty of other beet recipes, both traditional and non-conventional, to try. For those with a sweet tooth, beets can be a tremendous companion at dessert. Put simply, any recipes can be customized through the addition of beets. Have one of your own to share? Pass it along to our Facebook and Twitter pages.
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